Brenda from 13Acres guide to creating your Christmas table
Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re anything like me, I love planning for all that Christmas fair at home especially when I’m hosting a lunch, catch up or the big Christmas dinner.
If you are planning on being a host this Christmas, here is my guide to getting your table and all the hosting necessities organised so that you can be having as much fun on the day as your guests.
Brenda's 5 Tips For Christmas
1. Plan ahead as much as possible
I like to do things like setting the table the night before, and the menu has been decided on well in advance. I prepare what ever food can be before so that I’m not in a rush. Be selective with what you do plan to cook and, have a range of dishes that don’t need to cooked all at once. Remember it’s a day for you to enjoy to! Alternatively, ask your guests to bring a salad or dessert and you just worry about the main dish!
2. Choose a theme
Whilst we all have years of Christmas paraphernalia collected in the back of the garage, it doesn't mean it all has to come out on the table each year. Pick a theme and stick to it. This year I’m going for a simple gold and botanical theme with my new napkins I purchased recently, a gold runner and birch branch tea candle holders and raffia placemats. I want to leave enough room on the table for the food and also nothing too high to restrict my guests from chatting to one other across the table.
3. Get the special items off the shelf!
I like my glass ware crystal clean! With the “special” glassware that isn’t often used, I find giving it a quick cycle in the dishwasher leaves it sparkling and fresh. Speaking of special...this is the time to get out that good cutlery set, glassware and I love using my grandmothers platters to serve our food on. We love making place settings and if you have children this can be a great activity to get them involved. This year, I’m using simple luggage tags with a stamping set, but get creative...you could use tiles, clay tags, or Christmas wrap!
4. Layer those plates
A really on trend way of setting the table at the moment is laying it all on the plate. Stack your dinner plate on a placemat, then add a side plate, then a napkin following by the cutlery then the personalised place setting. Use contrasting plates or even mix-matched plates (this look is very helpful for those of us who don’t have ten of the same colour plates!)
5. Make a drinks station
I love creating a drinks bar which can be done easily even if you don’t have a drinks trolley.You could use part of the kitchen bench, a fold up table or sideboard.Put a collection of drinks you are serving on the day, make a punch or just a station for glasses.This way, your guest will help themselves and you don’t have be worried about being a bad host not offering drinks all the time.
Christmas Table Inspiration
Feeling inspired by Brenda's beautiful family Christmas table theme? Then shop the look below and create your very own festive table!
Brenda's Recipe for an Easy Summer Trout Salad
What You Will Need
- 1 trout or you could purchase pre-packed smoked trout from your butcher
- 2 apples sliced in rounds
- splash of apple cider
- Fresh greens like rocket, baby spinach, lettuce and snow peas
- 1 tsp Horseradish cream
- 2 tbs Natural yoghurt
- Small bunch of dill
- Juice of half a lemon
- Salt & Pepper to taste
First cook the trout (this can be a few days before you want to make the salad)
Pre heat your oven or grill Like a baking dish with the apple rounds Lay the whole trout on top and stuff with a few apples Sprinkle lightly with some apple cider
Place in the oven for around 20 minutes depending on how big your trout is, just check regularly, and when the flesh is pink you know it’s done.
When the trout has cooled, peal all the flesh off and reserve in a container until you are ready to make the salad.
Choose a large plater and lay out the greens, then scatter the trout flesh liberally over the top.
Mix a tsp of horseradish cream, 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt, chopped dill and lemon juice in small bowl and stir until mixed.
Add salt and pepper to taste and dollop the dressing on the plate.
If you have any left, leave it next to the salad so guests can help themselves.