FFG Living: A tale of two Christmas place settings

posted on: Friday, 11 December 2015

Guilty pleasure admission time - I love a decadent place setting. I love when you throw a dinner party, or better yet attend one, where loving attention to detail has been placed just as much on setting the table as it has in making the food. A great meal is just as much about atmosphere as it is culinary expertise. Some of the best food I've had has been some of the simplest, served in a room that has filled my heart with warmth and joy. Hey, call me sentimental, but I love it. That all leads me to where I sit today - with a great debate. How will I decorate the Christmas table for dinner?

This season I've decided to ask for help - mainly your help. For Christmas I've teamed up with TK Maxx here in the UK and put together two Christmas place settings. I've just put together the one setting, rather than buying all 12, to figure out what I'd like to do for the big event. Then I'll reproach and put together a table for all. Oh what on earth have I put myself in for?! Luckily TK Maxx had more on offer than I could have ever anticipated and I actually found myself spoilt for choice. In the end, I went with two looks that I thought could be applied to all - one traditional and one modern.

I've actually skipped the idea of a tablecloth altogether here and opted for brown paper covering instead for this Christmas table setting. You can buy this at your local corner shop- it's basically the brown paper you buy to wrap packages. Easy peasy. Everything else you see here (minus the mince pie) is straight off the shelves of my local TK Maxx, from the garland center-piece to the bright and beautiful red plates (which I absolutely love). 
I feel this Christmas place setting could just as easily be something you see for a New Year's Eve dinner. Just staying. I went for silver bells - naturally -and built from there, from the silver edged plates to the wrapping paper table cover. What's better than a table wrapped like a present for Christmas? Nothing, is the answer. 

Why not find your nearest TK Maxx store? It's not too late to get all your decorations just in time for your big feast on the special day. Merry Christmas, one and all!