Anyone who knows me, will back me up when I say that I am notoriously a faffer when it comes to decorations of any kind. Partly due to my perfectionist nature (thanks dad) and just being a general lover of a good photo opportunity.
I can’t believe that I will be cooking Christmas dinner this year. Me, myself and well, a helping hand from Chris and the boys that is. Although I think the littlest (Winston) will just be enjoying picking up the scraps that fall on the floor.
When we decided upon having Christmas dinner here, just us two plus Archie, it suddenly dawned on me that we didn’t have any nice place settings for the table. We’re not usually the ones for entertaining, so it’s never been a priority. But my mindset is that if you’re going to do something, then it should be done right, don’t you agree?
That’s why it was so important to make the table look as nice as possible so that we remember our first Christmas together at home as a family to be the best.
Fortunately, when I set out on my hunt for tableware and decorations, I managed to pick most of it up in the sale. Has anyone else realised that the few days leading up to Christmas seems to be when the shops decide to have a major stock clear out? Anyway, it most certainly worked in my favour!
Most of the gold accessories and tableware that was on our Christmas table came from Sainsbury’s, including these cute heart napkin rings and gold spotted side plates. I’m not usually a fan of gold, but this just caught my eye and I do think the colour screams Christmas – so they were definitely the perfect choice!
The gold charger plates and white dinner plates came from the Fox and Ivy range at Tesco – which I absolutely adore. In fact, since using these at Christmas, we’ve been and bought the remaining items to complete our dinner set.
Scattered in the centre of the table were a three pillar candles, some pine cones, a gold tree and gold tea light holders, as well as the odd Christmas decoration I picked up too.
I even used the pinecones to hold the place settings that I designed and made myself.
There was something so truly satisfying sitting down to our very first Christmas at home, together as a family, knowing that we’d done it all ourselves. I felt such a big sense of pride knowing that all of our hard work paid off and we were able to enjoy a lovely day together.
Now though, I can’t wait to host some more dinner parties so that we can make use of our wonderful table decorations. Don’t forget to share your Christmas table photos!