Party season is nearly upon us! While Christmas prep might be your main focus at the moment, New Year’s Eve follows swiftly on its heels so if you’d like to celebrate in style on December 31st, now’s the time to be thinking of ideas. If you’re hosting Christmas then the idea of planning another big bash shortly afterwards might fill you with dread, but the great thing about New Year’s Eve is that it doesn’t have to be quite the blow-out affair that Christmas often turns into. It is really about the simple pleasure of gathering friends and family, perhaps hooking up with those people you rarely get to see, and enjoying great company, a bit of music and a tipple or two. If you’ve exhausted yourself in the kitchen over the festive season, keep things simple with just drinks and nibbles – after all the excesses of Christmas, your guests won’t mind too much if you keep eats to just simple shop-bought canapés, posh crisps and a plate of mince pies. Alternatively, if you would like to host a bigger bash you could ask guests to bring a dish, a no-hassle way to provide something a bit more substantial without going to too much stress or expense.
Now that November’s arrived it’s most definitely not too early to be planning your Christmas décor! But with so much to tempt you in the shops, how do you create an attractive, cohesive look for your home? Sometimes less is more, but at the same time if there’s one time you can have some fun with your home décor, the festive season is it – the key is finding a middle ground between smart restraint and extravagant sparkle! In this week’s blog we’re concentrating on your table decorations to give you some inspiration for making your celebrations meals and party buffets really stand out from the crowd.
Before you start, it’s a good idea to perhaps look at the pieces you already have and then plan your décor around those. For example, you may find that most of your existing tree and room decorations are in a silver hue so it makes sense to carry this across other areas of your home, including your table settings. Space is another factor; if yours is limited overly dressed can look fussy and you don’t want your accessories to overshadow your culinary creations! Rather, you’re looking to add a touch of sparkle here and there, or an unexpected, fun element that makes your guests smile. So, while a ‘maximalist’ style might suit your tree, when it comes to tables, less is usually more.
If you’re looking for wedding ideas we’ve some stunning ranges that evoke the special atmosphere of the colder months, a time when the natural world is at its most enchanting and the approaching Christmas festivities make the season feel extra special. It’s a truly magical time of the year and a wonderful period to celebrate your nuptials so if you’re struggling to decide on a date for your big day, we’d encourage you to consider the months later in the year. Certainly summer may provide more venue options – getting married on a beach or having a marquee in the garden isn’t really viable due to the unpredictable weather of the UK! – but if you’re opting for a chic city-based, or a stately venue in the countryside, both options look wonderful against a backdrop of crisp white snow or dappled by pale winter sun.
A major pro of getting married during the colder months is that the cost is likely to be less, with venue hire and other suppliers generally charging less than they do in the summer. Another benefit is the availability of your guests who are less likely to have booked a holiday during the colder months, plus you may find the availability of venues is better too, meaning there’s more chance of securing a date at your dream location. Add in the fact that winter weddings perhaps stand out a little more than an event held in the summer (it’s a less busy time for so your special day will be remembered as being a bit different) and there’s a lot to commend holding your celebration at this time of year.