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My Tribe

My Tribe

I have a new tribe. Hunter has brought with him a whole new way of life, an entirely new lifestyle and, rather unexpectedly, some of the most beautiful friendships with the most incredible women. One of us is a champion breastfeeder. One of us couldn’t […]

53 days until due date

53 days until due date

I was doing a little bit of recon work on the back-end of my website – looking at stats, etc. – and it seems as though people connect a lot more with my regular content than with my Christmas content! This is neither here nor […]

Day Twelve: Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Day Twelve: Christmas Table Setting Ideas

Do you love entertaining? Yes.

Do you love Christmas decorations? Yes.

Do you love food? Yes.

THEN THIS IS THE POST FOR YOU.

Combining all things festive and Christmas and food and hosting and entertaining and eating and being merry, today we will be looking at some really incredible (and easy to achieve) Christmas Table Setting Ideas to make your get together just that little bit special this year! Though I am partial to a grazing table with people milling about the house happily, I also love sit down meals where there is just masses of food lining the table and there are arms and limbs going everywhere passing the potato bake and the chicken and the salad and the prawns amongst one another.

With everyone coming to our place for Christmas this year (because I will be huge and tired and probably pass out halfway during the day), I get to decorate our house once again and make cookies and make the place as Christmas-y as possible. We have a beautiful dining table which is the main hub of our home and I am so excited to deck it out with Christmas treats, beautiful napkins and little decorations here and there. There is nothing more rewarding to me than people’s first reactions when it comes to decor – and there is no one more important to me than my family and my extended family – so I have trawled the web for inspiration for Christmas Table Settings and I am going to share them with you here, today, RIGHT NOW.

Probably my favourite table setting decor that I came across was from Eclectic Creative whose owner and creator, Jess, has an Australian background. Her Australian-inspired Christmas table is absolutely stunning AND she has included personalised cookies for each table place which is totally up my alley. I definitely plan on using a lot of the elements that feature below for my own Christmas table this year (in just thirteen days!). Instead of my usual vanilla biscuits that I make, for the big day I will be making spiced ginger biscuits with fondant icing – some of the cookies I will press with Christmas messages like the ones from Eclectic Creative, while others I will decorate with Christmas sprinkles that I have bought specially for the occasion. I also love the accents of the baubles that are scattered on the table and, knowing my mum, she will bring big bunches of flowers that we will place on the table as well!

 

From Homes to Love I loved the Christmas cracker on each table place as well as the small plates of nibbles and sweets (especially nougat, always nougat). The simplicity of this table setting, with a bit of a 60s feel with the light mint green plates and funky cutlery, is gorgeous and the simple lace tablecloth is a little bit pretty, a little bit elegant and a little bit festive. Yes, yes and more yes.

 

For something very simple to make that is still super pretty, The Stylist Splash created these really sweet mini rosemary wreaths that are held together with twine. By now you should all know (and probably be totally sick of hearing about it) that I am a big fan of the natural, rustic, country, homemade aesthetic. CANNOT GET EOUGH OF IT. This ticks that box and they are adorable. TINY WREATHS. Love.

I found this image on Pinterest but I wasn’t able to source where it was from – but I love this idea for cutlery. I didn’t realise how festive and versatile rosemary was as a decoration! I’m obsessed now! I love the twine/rosemary/hand-drawn swing tag combo of this and again, it is such a simple idea to execute and so beautiful. I also want this cutlery set, but I guess that isn’t really the point of all this..

 

My mum has so many decorative things in her house. She loves a floor vase or any kind of ceramic pot of jug. She love stones and pebbles and bowls. And for some reason she has a wicker basket that is full of pine cones. I have never understood where she got the pine cones from as I have never seen her collecting them, but she has had them for years through NUMEROUS moves. NOW though, I have a use for them! From A Piece of Rainbow is this DIY snowy wintery themed table decoration that features, you guessed it, PINE CONES!

 

And finally, for all of you with little ones, from Brit + Co is this Christmas Table Setting Idea should inspire the hell out of you! LOOK HOW CUTE THIS IS. Make the kids feel special by creating placeholders for them as well as fun activities to tick off, craft, colouring-in sheets and some Christmas treats to satisfy their sweet tooth! I cannot tell you how excited I am for our little man to be old enough that I can do this! Ahhh. Yes. (Also, every single idea on that Brit + Co hyperlink is AMAZING and I want to – and will – do all of them!)

Day Nine: Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Day Nine: Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Much like my cocktail post, I had planned buying a shitload of wrapping paper and decorative elements and wrapping presents and taking pretty photos but the pregnancy is catching up with me, the hours in the day seem to pass without me realising it and, […]

Baby Shower Supplies

Baby Shower Supplies

Whether you are going all out and hiring a venue and catering and the whole shebang, or if you are doing something at home with a budget, your baby shower can still ooze fabulousness, instgrammableness and loveliness! I have always loved hand-making as much as […]

Baby Shower List(s)

Baby Shower List(s)

Lists are my favourite. I have mentioned that several times. Lists give me direction. Lists allow me to plan. Lists let me know when I have achieved things. I have several notebooks that I use specifically for list-making. Planning a baby shower, it turns out, requires a good amount of lists to ensure that nothing gets missed especially when the person organising it is, in fact, pregnant and has a tendency to forget even the most simple of things. Naturally, I am loving the lead up to the BUB-beque because it has seen to the creation of several lists (some of which overlap, but that is okay).

We are hosting our BUB-beque at home, with about thirty or so people attending. I have handmade some of the decorations, have bought others and some are still left to buy. This coming Saturday, Shari (godmother, best friend, soul sister, sister-in-law) and I have a whole day of shopping for all the food, all the table decorations and all of the little bits and pieces that are going to make this baby shower/birthday barbeque everything that I have always envisioned it could be. Then, on Sunday I will be baking all day in preparation for the big day; I ordered some baby-specific cookie cutters (a bib, a baby bottle and a onesie) and I will also be making other biscuits that I will personalise with my new cookie letter embosser that I am totally in love with.

And then next week we are going to put our Christmas tree up because WHY NOT. Man, I am excited for that. Oh yeah, and I need to make a playlist for the day so that Pony and Milkshake don’t randomly start playing – though really, that wouldn’t be so bad would it..?

Come December 1, our house will be full of Christmas/birthday/baby spirit and look, I will probably cry but that’s okay. On the actual day, my main tasks are to pick up the balloons, hang all the decorations and set up the big grazing table that we are having. Pete is in charge of making the outdoor area pretty which will be easy seeing as he has made us the most BEAUTIFUL barbeque/outdoor kitchen known to man. I will get my mum and Shari over to help with the set-up and we can test the mum-osa bar (YEP. HAPPENING.) and set up all the flowers and the cake.

I have a to-do list that will keep me busy for the next week and a bit but that is the more boring list of all of my lists; there are things on it like change the cat litter, clean the laundry, vacuum, etc. That is not the list I want to share with you today. Nope. These are:

First up, we have my list of what I need to purchase this weekend because it is the last opportunity we have to do a big shop. There are some things I have left off because I already have access to them. For example, we aren’t using plastic cups so they aren’t on the list. I have already made and bought buntings, so they aren’t on the list either. This is more of a what else is left to buy list (which, let’s be honest, is pretty much everything) and is very specific to the kind of baby shower we are having. If you are having an all-female, more traditional baby shower then a huge amount of meat may not be on your list (or maybe it is, who doesn’t love a steak?!).

The main food that we are offering at the BUB-beque is a grazing table. Think ‘cheese board’ but MEGA. We have quite a large dining table and, like mum and I have done many times over, we will be filling it with every kind of cheese, cracker, deli meat, sweet treat, fruit and antipasto favourite that you can think of. I love grazing tables because it means that all the food preparation is done before any of the guests arrive and I don’t have to think of it during the party, it’s a great talking point for friends and family that don’t know each other well and it also means that everyone can eat as much or as little as they like as often as they want. I personally go to TOWN on a platter.

Anyway – if you have never put together a grazing platter or table before, I hope that this next list helps. Or, if you ARE a grazing platter/table aficionado, I hope that I can maybe inspire some new ideas!

The third and final list that I am going to be sharing with you today is a baby shower gift list. The other day, Pete’s sister messaged me and asked what gifts Pete and I are asking people for. I drew a blank. I had no idea what people normally ask for. We have already bought a cot and a change table, we have all the books we will ever need in our lifetime and mum has already bought Hunter some toys and clothes and bath products. I mean, we need an iCandy Peach in grey.. so yeah, I mean, someone could buy us that. Besides that though, I hadn’t the foggiest idea what to ask for. And, Pete doesn’t like being fussed over or bought things so together, our baby shower gift registry has kind of been completely overlooked and forgotten. I know though, that people will want to bring things and the least we can do is give them some sort of a guide as to what we do and don’t need.. I guess.

Like I have said and will continue to say: I love a list. And at the moment, I need a list (baby brain is back and in full swing) because otherwise things will be forgotten, guaranteed. After this weekend, I will do a follow up post that will go into more detail about what we purchased and from where! This is a really exciting time in mine and Pete’s life, and writing about it fills me with absolute joy so I thank you all for humouring me throughout this pregnancy (so far).

Happy list-making!