It’s the most wonderful time of the year, indeed. Christmas carols and twinkly lights all around, that festive spirit in the air. Man, I love Christmas. My mom was the Queen of Christmas. She absolutely adored the festive season and would decorate the entire house in kitsch but lovely decorations, her Elvis Christmas CD was well worn and she would spend ages making sure every moment was a special one for us. I have well and truly inherited that love and now I am the one hanging fairy lights on EVERYTHING, playing Christmas carols from morning to night and sprinkling glitter on anything I can lay my hands on.
Of course all of this just builds up to the big day which for us is a family affair filled with love, laughter and lots of good food. I always take my time planning my Christmas table and this year is no different. And today I share some of my inspiration with you because let’s face it, no table is as important as a beautiful Christmas table. You can also look forward to LOTS of Christmas food inspiration over the next week. I’ll be sharing an entire meal’s worth of recipes with you from the starter, the main and the sides to the delectable dessert. But for now, let’s get going with the table.
I wanted to create a beautiful, crafty table so I called in some help. My friend Lynné from STIKI supplied me with the most gorgeous decor including the most beautiful place mats made from cork, name tags, adorable napkin rings and some Christmas tree decor all cut from wood. This added a lovely neutral, earthy touch to my table which included lots of red and white for that proper Christmassy feel. I used a 4 meter length of muslin (cheesecloth) which I bought from my local fabric store as a table cloth. I used it as is with the edges raw as I really loved the rustic texture it added. I also loved the way it bunched up on the floor.
As Christmas in South Africa is usually beautifully warm I decided to set the table under the pergola in our garden and to add more Christmas cheer, I hung Christmas tree ornaments from it to create a beautiful canopy over the table. For a similar effect, you can hang ornaments from a chandelier in your dining room or look for a beautiful big branch which you can decorate and use on the table. I just love this table with its casual yet put-together appearance and I can’t wait to recreate it on Christmas day. What will you be putting on your Christmas table this year? Do you have any other ideas for me? I’d love to hear them!
Visit STIKI’s website to have a look at all their beautiful laser cut goodies.