Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve had a great week. I sure did with all this prepping for the fun and fabulous Christmas dinner party I’ll be hosting for a few of my friends here in London.
So, what have I got planned for our Christmas dinner party? Well, it would be rather un-cool to spill the beans before the date, but what I will say is bordering on pretty obvious… I’m not your average ‘red, green and white Christmas with bells on’ kind of girl so my Christmas dinner table features the more alternative festive colours like pink, turquoise, lime and yellow. The advantage is, it’s never too difficult to put together a table setting with a mix of these beautiful colours as they feature throughout my home in various shades all year round. So there’s none of that ‘I’m buying this for use only at Christmas’ or worse, ‘Let’s put this away until next Christmas’ happening around here. There just isn’t enough storage space for that kind of thing. The tree, the baubles, miniature Rudolph, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Blitzen and the gang are the only exceptions, of course!
This week, I was delighted to see that Jen Stanbrook over at Love Chic Living blog is hosting the ‘I’m Dreaming of Debenhams Dinnerware’ Competition in association with Debenhams. As I’ve accumulated quite a few colourful and well loved pieces from Matthew Williamson’s Butterfly Home range at Debenhams over the years, I was immediately reeled in by this. Of course I wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to buy myself more of that colourful goodness…and have you seen the gorgeous Abigail Ahern lamps they now have in stock? The Grey Hare and the Green Parrot are my absolute favourites! Swoon! Anyway, I digress. Let’s take a seat at my dream Christmas dinner table, shall we?
THE INSPIRATION: Owing to my legacy of growing up in Jamaica, my dream Christmas dinner table is set on a cool and relaxing, evening by the beach. It features glassy turquoise and pinks, with hints of yellow and lime upon a pristine white linen table cloth that shimmers in the early evening light. There’s a lively play of colour, reminiscent of the blushed pink bougainvillea’s rhythmic dance to the cool evening breeze, with the sprawling beauty of the Caribbean Sea as it’s backdrop.
THE MOODBOARD: I’ve styled my moodboard with my favourite decorative jar from the Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson range at Debenhams. I often use it as a vase (it looks amazing with the big pink fluffy hydrangeas hanging over the edges), but it looks just as gorgeous with lemons and clementines, bringing a refreshing brightness to my table, reminiscent of the sunshine Christmases I used to have back home in Jamaica. The multi-coloured baubles and luxury Christmas crackers are the perfect combination of colours! Borrowing a bit of sparkle to reflect the season here in the UK, my second home, I’ve added the most gorgeous metal snowflake table confetti I recently bought from Debenhams. These are such an excellent buy as you can use them again in the future as many times as you wish, without the constant sighting of stray paper confetti around your home for days after use! I simply had to include the Aynsley Belvedere 12-piece fine bone china set; I’ve had my eyes on it for some time now. Have you noticed the champagne flutes with the decorative snowflake clip-on wine charms? These are available in 6 colours pretty metallic colours. What could be more charming? I love these J by Jasper Conran Burlington Champagne flutes the most because the stems are longer than average, giving them added elegance, and of course more room for the festive snowflake stainless steel clip on wine glass charms. I welcome every opportunity to use these flutes; they’re made from good quality glass that make a very merry crystal-like chime…CHEERS!
NOW LET’S EAT!: So the table is beautifully laid and we’re all seated, now let’s enjoy one of my favourite Christmas dishes. I’m a pescetarian so my Christmas dinner seems more like the traditional Southern Italian Christmas Eve Feast of Seven Fishes. My favourite Christmas meal is Pan-seared Maple Bourbon Glazed Salmon with Sweet Cranberry Chutney. Tieghan over at Half Baked Harvest blog recently shared an excellent and easy-to-follow recipe for this and she’s served it with Salt Roast Potatoes. Give it a try! Maple bourbon glazed salmon is quite delicious on its own, but coupled with Cranberry Chutney, it’s divine! The complex combination of flavours and the beautiful colours make this the perfect Christmas meal. BON APPETIT!
GET THE GOODS: So here are the 18 top picks from yours truly at number 18. HAPPY SHOPPING!
1.RJR John Rocha Orr Polished 16 Piece Cutlery Set 2.Royal Doulton Set of Four Porcelain ‘1815’ Dinner Plates 3.J by Jasper Conran Set of Four Burlington Champagne Flutes 4.Salt & Pepper Metal Snowflake Bottle Stopper 5. Butterfly Home by Matthew Williamson Designer Pink Optic Glass Jar with Lid (also available in blue) 6.Debenhams Pack of Twelve Luxury Teal Mistletoe Christmas Crackers 7. Sagaform Set of Two Pink ‘Spectra’ Dessert Bowls (also available in blue) 8.Royal Doulton Set of Eight ‘1815’ coloured olive trays 9.Dartington Crystal Aqua ‘H2O’ Carafe and Tumbler Set 10.Salt & Pepper Metal Snowflake Table Confetti 11.Guzzino Pair of Green Espresso Cups and Saucers 12. Debenhams Set of Six Multi-coloured Christmas Baubles 13.Royal Doulton ‘Pop in for Drinks’ Stainless Wine Cooler with Pink Interior 14.Debenhams Cream Set of 4 LED Tea Lights 15.Debenhams White Medium Damask Tablecloth and set of 8 Napkins 16.RJR. John Rocha Designer Aqua Glass Tea Light Holder 17.Salt & Pepper Set of Four Silver Snowflake Napkin Rings 18.Debenhams Silver Glittery Reindeer Christmas Ornament
MOODBOARD IMAGE CREDITS: – baubles, plates and Christmas crackers all from Debenhams (see links above), centre image of baubles under bell cloche, all other images are my own.
GET THE GOODS IMAGE CREDITS: All images numbered in the ‘Get the Goods’ shopping section are from Debenhams (see links above)
This post has been submitted to the ‘I’m Dreaming of Debenhams Dinnerware’ Competition hosted by Love Chic Living in association with Debenhams.
UPDATE: This post was chosen as the winning entry for the ‘I’m Dreaming of Debenhams Dinnerware’ Competition! Thanks to Jen Stanbrook & Debenhams.