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

West Elm x Sonos Christmas

This week I was spoilt by West Elm and Sonos to a lavish intimate Christmas dinner (and yes there was also dancing)

It was a feats also for the eyes, everyone knows Im partial to a bit of pink, check out these incredible flowers and whimsical Christmas decor here is a look at the incredible table setting!

Decor and decorations all from West Elm

Flowers, wreath and event styling by my girl Holly Hipwell The Flowerdrum

How are you decorating for Christmas at Home?

sportscraft christmas table

Its beginning to feel (really) like Christmas, despite styling for it for some time now!

A while back I was asked to create a Christmas table setting for a campaign for Iconic Australian fashion brand Sportscraft. It was briefed for it to be simple and “Australian”. pretty much my preferred signature style.

We had a beautiful day creating some magic shooting by the water on the harbour at a secret beach. Christmas is fast approaching and the key is to be organised and have a plan.

Here are my top tips to creating a beautiful and simple Christmas table at your place that will be sure to impress your guests.

1. Pick a colour Palette , ours was white with natural elements, try avoid too many colours try to stick to no more than three.

2. Keep it simple – dont crowd the table, make sure there is room to serve and for your guests to have a conversation.

3. create different heights – we added flowers and some some found branches for added dimension.

4. Have a feature/theme – It helps pull everything together, it can be as simple or as specific as you want ours of course was a white Christmas by the sea.

5. Set the scene – we went for a relaxed casual vibe as our setting was by the water.

6. Layer the table – use placemats, table runners and linen to add interest to a table with out overcomplicating things.

7. Personalise your table/place settings and make your guest feel really welcome.

8. lastly treat yourself – use your best glasses , serving ware, cutlrey and plate ware to make it a special occasion in the details. Christmas is that special once a year event!

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Photo Credit Derek Swalwell

 

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