This Christmas will be a first for Daz, the boys and I. Usually our day is filled a company and regimented planning. With both sets of our parents living close by and long-standing Christmas traditions to follow, we find our selves trying to fit in time with everyone as well as a little down time so the boys can play with their presents. It’s not that I’m complaining, I love the chaos of it all and for the last few years we’ve opened our doors to the whole family, squeezing 20+ people around make shift tables and borrowed chairs.
I’ve always had big family Christmas’, coming from a close-knit family, it’s the one time we all get together. Laughter, games and merry banter fills the air. Rules are relaxed, everyone mucks in and memories, upon memories are made. When I haven’t spent Christmas dinner with my own family, we’ve got together in the afternoon, opening presents from under the tree.
But this year is different. We’ll be on our own. Daz, the boys and me.
It hasn’t really sunk in yet, if I’m honest and with life being so busy, I’ve not had time to think about it. But one thing I know I don’t want to happen is for it to feel like a normal day, with a jazzed up roast dinner. So I’ve been planning our small-scale affair, with the same principles as I would if we were having one of our big crazy Christmas’, starting with the table.
There’ll be matching plates and cutlery (which is not always the case for normal dinner times!), napkins instead of sleeves, wine glasses and fancy table decoration. Christmas tunes, crackers and good food. This might be a small scale affair but that’s no excuse. Our Christmas table will be decorated fit for a feast.
To complement our Scandinavian themed tree and the dark hues of our slate top table I’ll be decorating our Christmas table with fresh flowers from The Flower Studio . I’m a sucker for fresh floral displays, and the red festive bouquet compliments our colour theme perfectly during the whole festive season. The napkin rings, made from poinsettia tree decorations and cut offs from our real tree and the white runner is an old cot sheet folded in thirds prove that corners can be cut, allowing for the real centre pieces to take centre stage.
The table will be prepared on Christmas Eve, that’s one tradition I’ll be sticking too, and I’m hoping these little touches will all help add to the magic of the day while giving our lazy Christmas the special magic it deserves on the big day.
We were sent a handmade bouquet of flowers from The Flower Studio to help make our Christmas table a little more special. All words and photos are my own.