Thursday 8 December 2016

Getting prepared for Christmas with Arthur Price

I love being a hostess and whilst my culinary skills may be limited, I really enjoy putting together a dinner for friends or family and paying attention to all those little details - at at Christmas, presentation and your top table is even more important.

It's a special day so you want to put your best foot forward, even if it's just you, hubs, the kids and the dog!

This year we are going out for Christmas lunch with hubs' family which we have never done before but I'm quite looking forward to. However, my tradition of putting on a spread on Christmas Eve will continue, even if it's the three of us, as the festive season is all about food and celebrations.

Cutlery and silverware specialists Arthur Price recently held a special event at The Grand in Wolverhampton to start the season in style and celebrate their new partnership (the newly refurbished Grand has been decked out in Arthur Price finest).

There was Christmas cocktail making, chef Simon Smith creating a three course Christmas dinner in just 20 minutes, interior design tips, cake making advice and Simon Price demonstrating how to lay the perfect table for Christmas lunch.

An incredible event for sure and lots of tip top tableware advice to be had!

It's inspired me to put together a couple of my own top tips for Christmas tables...

* Create a centrepiece: every table needs a focal point and there's so much you could try - a glass bowl filled with candles or baubles, a beautiful silver candelabra, a mini Christmas tree or a festive floral display (just make sure it's not too tall to block anyone's view when seated!).

* Personalised place settings: make sure everyone is welcomed to the table with a place setting, so there's a seat reserved for granny and you can add a personal touch. Place cards can be tucked into a fancy folded napkin or resting on the edge of a wine glass, and you could even add a present or a few sprigs of rosemary to add to the theme and the aroma.

* Terrific tableware: really make a statement with some brand new placemats, napkin rings and all those finishing touches; ones that you will love to bring out year after year.

* Candles, candles, candles: these will help create a lovely atmosphere and can add a festive scent too.

* Serve it up: Christmas dinner is the perfect chance for you to display the results of all your hard work in the kitchen and let everyone dive in and chose what they want on their plate. Some fine serving bowls and platters for bread or cheese will come in very handy!

Will you be hosting the biggest meal of the year at your house this year? What do you have planned? Do you like to go all out with your table dressing?

* Collaborative post with Arthur Price - words and ideas my own, images kindly provided.


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