Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Welcome Home; Tis the Night before Christmas , So It's Time to Make Those Last-Minute Plans for Your Home and, Especially, for Your Festive Table, Says Claire Hornby

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Welcome Home; Tis the Night before Christmas , So It's Time to Make Those Last-Minute Plans for Your Home and, Especially, for Your Festive Table, Says Claire Hornby

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Byline: Claire Hornby

CHRISTMAS dinner is a time for traditions, a time of togetherness and, of course, a time of celebration. It can also be a time of immense stress and worry. Catering for bigger numbers and fussy guests is enough to drain anybody''s Christmas spirit, but some preparation and a few simple finishing touches will help you produce a festive dining table with all the trimmings.

Firstly make sure the entrance to your home looks warm and inviting, farms, markets and fairs are wonderful for picking up gorgeous homemade wreaths of traditional holly and ivy or mistletoe right up until Christmas. Or how about making your own? But for those pushed for time, Griselda Graham has done all the work for you. Her beautiful berry wood slice wreath looks good enough to eat and will ensure your guests are feeling festive as they cross the threshold.

Never has a meal been more deserving of pomp and ceremony than Christmas dinner, so why not push the boat out? After all, Christmas dinner comes but once a year and it would be a shame to serve yours on a blank canvas. Instead, set the scene with a rich palette of festive red and white. For a truly merry Christmas, the Ania wine glasses and tumblers will get you in the party spirit. Beautifully decorated with a berry red seasonal motif, the Ania glassware will bring a touch of elegance to the festivities.

Alternatively keep things simple with a splash of gold or silver. The Celeste dining plates and matching champagne flutes, bowls and tumblers are decorated with a band of gold or platinum to ensure it''s not just the bubbly which will be sparkling this Christmas.

And don''t forget to accessorise - traditional napkin rings will give your Christmas table a sense of occasion, or try tying a bow with a pretty ribbon in a contrasting colour such as cranberry napkins and emerald bows around each napkin. …

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