An ode to traditional Christmas table decorations, guinea pig friends, my latest rock glass finding and pre-Christmas dinner parties… At the end of November, I become accustomed to picking up mistletoe, leaves, small branches and pine cones during our dog walks to use them for decoration. I have always been a gatherer – as a kid I would go sloe berries foraging with my Mum (that she would use to make gin for Christmas gifts and gatherings), and as an adult, my pockets are always full with shells after a walk down the beach and flowers after a walk through the Botanical gardens. Christmas table for two
This Christmas, I wanted to follow the foraging tradition and pay homage to my mum’s stylish decor. Mum would always make lovely garlands by stringing popcorn and cranberries to decorate the windows and dried slices of orange to decorate the table. She would cut slices of large oranges and baked them in the oven for about 2-3 hours, and I remember the entire house would smell of Christmas!
I tried to make some popcorn. but failed massively, so I decided to forget the garland idea for the time being, but the slices of orange turned out pretty well. I collected some green leaves from the nearby park and managed to make a small wreath to go around the candle base. I attached the leaves with green string and attached the slices of orange with wooden pegs that I bought at the local crafts shop.
With the days getting darker, I seem to enjoy cooking meals and hosting weekend gatherings, it’s a cozy and affordable way to have fun with friends & family. This weekend, I invited my best friend for a pre-Christmas dinner party; she will basically be my guinea pig for all the new recipes I am excited to try this season. As I wanted to make sure every single detail on the table was on point, I set myself a challenge to find the best rock glass that would match my vintage set of plates and foraging style decoration.
Christmas table for two
After searching online for the most of my Saturday morning, and just when I thought that every glassware is colourless, I came upon this amethyst rock glass from SOHO HOME and I couldn’t be any happier with its fun colour and size! They have a spiral pattern, are delicate and sturdy at the same time, and they come at the fraction of the price I’d expect them to be. Christmas table for two
I set up the table and put all my Christmas decorations in the middle. Got Frank Sinatra’s Christmas songs playing on Spotify and wore my red dress as I enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere that I made for myself. I can’t wait to have friends over for dinner parties this Christmas.
Are you a fan of pre-Christmas dinner parties too?