Aperol Spritz

There is something about all the pre-emptive spirit of the Christmas season, for me this comes alive in a beautiful table setting shared with friends and family. Luckily these festivities offer us plenty of opportunities to play host. Whether it’s an intimate gathering, or a whole Christmas affair. Here is my guide to ensure a fabulous festive table that all your friends will be talking about!

First, set the scene, I always like to have that WOW factor … a centre piece or central focus of your table creates interest, keep it light and rustic and let the general table fare speak for itself. This season I am loving dried palms leaves they create a sense of warmth with just enough interest.

Simplicity is key, keep things modest but make sure you have all that you need, I like a table that combines decorative elements but is functional also.

Choose your colour palette – white is always my foundation colour.  My home is a blank canvas, this allows me to add pops colours when decorating and entertaining. I can change the overall look and feel based on my mood or where I am drawing inspiration from.

A good host always has a great selection of practical and interesting glassware, make sure your bar cart is all stocked (and please avoid straws they are completely unnecessary!). To create attention, integrate vintage glassware and oversized wineglasses.

Decorations– for me Christmas doesn’t need to be over the top, a few carefully selected pieces will work on any table (decorations don’t just have to go on the tree!). Try accenting your Christmas table or each place setting with modern Christmas décor.

Now that you have your table looking fabulous, my final piece of advice to any host would be to greet your guests on arrival with a drink. For entertaining with friends and family, you can’t go past an Aperol Spritz. It’s easy to prepare, refreshingly delicious and for me, it compliments my style of decorating with that gorgeous pop of orange, helping to create my festive backdrop.
Preparing an Aperol Spritz is easy, fill a large wine glass with ice (the more the better), combine equal parts Prosecco and Aperol add a splash of soda then garnish with an orange wedge. Using the same equal parts recipe, you can pre-prepare carafes of Aperol spritz. Just add a half a cup of ice, pour and serve. Perfection!

Jason Grant
Drink Responsibly

Aperol Spritz

christmas cheers

Tis the season! heres a little bar set up (with some of my favourites) that I created for Country Road

“A signature drink is my secret to a great soiree. For the festive season I have made a twist on a classic and created a Pomegranate Negroni.”

Pomegranate Negroni

I had this drink once at a party and have perfected it at home it’s  as easy as this…

Equal parts, Campari, Brookies dry Gin, Regal Rogue Rosso and a splash of pomegranate juice to your liking on a large ice cube  serve in a low glass with a wedge of orange and a pineapple leaf to garnish – cheers!

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Photo and Styling Jason Grant

Byron Bay hangs with Miss Sarah Glover

What happens when Miss Sarah Glover and I are both in Paradise aka Byron Bay? Of course she cooks up an epic meal ( lamb on the BBQ) and I fix us some drinks thanks to Brookies Gin (yum)

About last Friday, so Sarah happened to be in town for her Wild cook book launch, and I’m also be in town this week – of course this called for a cook up and a photo shoot!

In true Sarah style she pulls it all together with ease and thanks to our friends at Nikau store ( for the beautiful table ware)

Of course we are at The Atlantic Byron Bay

All Photos Luisa Brimble

If you love this BUY Sarah book Wild here

JG wears Hiro Clark Tshirt

on the rock(s) with lee boom

Ok I am OBSESSED with these cocktail glasses by UK cook kid Lee Broom It’s no secret I love a good cocktail but a cocktail is only as good as the glass its served in! I love how Lee has mixed lead crystal with solid Carrara marble to create these ultimate vessels, a champagne coupe, wine glass and martini glass CHEERS to great design!

Click here to see more of Lee’s work

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12 great cocktail accessories

VTD Banner_WEBIMG_7106My all time favourite cocktail is definitely a Gin & Tonic (closely followed by a Cosmopolitan) but I’m currently rather partial to a Margarita I guess it only seems fitting in the Summer months right?! – so cheers to this weeks Edit! 12 Great Cocktails Accessories.

I have searched high and low and so here’s 12 great pieces for making your favourite summer cocktails a little bit more stylish and of course fun!

You will be the host with the most Enjoy!

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Jonathan Adler Jet Set Coasters from Coco Republic

Glasses from Marimeeko

Yellow Striped drinking straws from Emerald + Ella

Cocktail Shaker from Izola

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Set of 4 Mixology Glasses from Waterford

Mid Century Bar Cart From West Elm Australia and West USA

Fanigit Paper Napkins from Ikea
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Anatolian Tray from Williams Sonoma Australia

Spritsa Margarita Glass from Freedom

Resin Lotus Seed Jug from Dinosaur DesignsIMG_8213

 

 Kelly Wearstler  Precision Bottle Opener from Farfetch

Capi Sparking Mixers