I wanted to very quickly pop on here to wish all of my readers a very Happy New year. It's been a hectic Christmas for me with one thing or another (another being the 10 Christmas trees we seem to have committed to this Christmas!!!)
I'm so excited for a new year having had another incredible year under the belt. There is something about starting a New Year that's incredibly exciting and full of hope and opportunity! Not least because we get to ring ours in in another incredible country (last years Vietnam trip was so fun) this time India!
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Wishing you all the best for 2020
Christmas to me is about celebrating with friends and making time to appreciate each other. So we get some of our favorites together, and have a Christmas soiree. This year we hosted an afternoon tea.
I created a winter whites table tablescape with a touch of gold, which I could later change up a little to become the Christmas day tablescape.
As it was Christmas week, I added in fresh roses to the chandelier (They are in oasis foam so they will stay fresh for a few days) and I also add fresh roses into some of the glass balls hanging from the chandelier with fishing wire or nylon thread. I also added in some sparkly snowflakes to cement the Christmas theme.
I kept the floral's white and cream with lots of green foliage. I used Ecuador roses in polar white and vendela along with amaryllis and cream spray roses. For the bottom vases I grouped white chrysanthemums together. Again I built out the arrangement using oasis floral foam to help keep everything in place, it really is a lifesaver!
For the table setting, I use my white tea set (as its neutral, its a great set to have as can be used with almost anything).
We served finger sandwiches in a variety of fillings. Turkey and cranberry, cheese and chutney, roast beef and cream cheese and cucumber. We also found mini goats cheese and cranberry parcels and the cutest festive sausage rolls. If your making sandwiches the ahead of time, keep them sealed in Tupperware and refrigerated.
For sweet treats we served mini mince pies, stolen bites, gingerbread cookies and cupcakes and Bavarian desserts.
And of course it wouldn't be Christmas without Christmas cake.
Are you planning any holiday partys? Id love to hear all about them in the comments below
For more Christmas inspiration see HERE and HERE
For last years Christmas tablescape I really tried to challenge myself not to use pink. Pink is my absolute all time favorite color and I naturally just reach for it no matter what i'm doing.
That said, I also really like to change things up and make things look completely different. After all life is too short to do the same tablescape twice!
So in the spirit of change I went with white, mint green with gold accents. For the floral display, I created a large arrangement with white and cream Ecuador roses, amaryllis and white snapdragons. I used lots of fresh eucalyptus (which just smells incredible) boxwood and white waxflower. To add in extra drama I used vases or chrysanthemums packed tightly together.
I built the arrangement with an afternoon tea party we were also hosting in mind and I wanted it to be able to work between the two but have 2 sightly different looks. Its amazing what a different shade of tablecloth can achieve.
I added foliage to the chandelier to add in some drama (and if i'm being honest its something iv wanted to do since we moved)
I hung gold snowflakes from the bottom of the chandelier, along with hanging glass balls with a combination of tea lights and fresh roses inside.
I found these gorgeous glasses by LSA which were the perfect color. These are the melon balloon glasses and the I also used the tumblers in the same shade. I actually love these glasses so much I purchased them in rose also
Now lets see if I give in to the pinkness this year....
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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