My favourite thing to do… is to make things pretty, and perhaps this is why I have a love affair with Christmas which involves so much of this. From decorating the tree, to wrapping the pressies, to setting a gorgeous table – making “pretty” fuels my soul, and right now…its’ moving into its’ element!
So, in amongst “menu talk” with mom – I am also looking into fabulous ideas for table décor. Decorating the table is always left to me – and years of practice serves me rather well.
For a designer who has tended to favour silver…I have found myself undergoing a strange transition this year towards gold and particularly rose gold. Golly it’s gorgeous, and perhaps an acquired taste developed as one gets older (yikes, did I say that?). I have also found that there seems to be a revival in base monochromatic palettes and hence, I am itching towards decorating in old ivory, faded black and shades of shimmering gold.
This, coupled with up-cycling trends in aesthetics, has led me to old sheets of music and aged pages in unwanted books. This was inspired by a recent ‘gift shopping for the teachers’ excursion, which often has me discovering all sorts of quaint little crafty shops, whereby I stumbled across some gorgeous angels made entirely by folding the pages of a book. Ingenuity, absolutely…but so simple in its cleverness that I had to ask myself “why didn’t I think of that”, ja right! But let’s face it, we all have a load of books lying around taking up space – get folding people – you have a décor treasure chest right in front of you!
Oh, and what about Grans old music books….sheets of music are simply a work of art on various levels.
So my Christmas table décor plan is as follows~
- Find a few interesting spriggy branches and spray them gold
- Create various sized paper snowflakes (my girls love doing these) using layers of old sheet music to hang above the table with ivory and black Petersham
- Create gorgeous little folded page decorations to hang from the gold branches or simply dust in gold/ shimmering white and lay them down the centre of the table
- Visit the spice shop for a good handful of rolled cinnamon sticks to add to the table – possibly as napkin tie detail (old lace would look superb with this…try Kwaai Lappies in Woodstock, Cape Town)
- Visit a few local 2nd hand shops for old forks to bend into interestingly shaped place name holders…hmmmm, what have I forgotten?
Of course, the business of decorating your perfect festive table goes hand-in-hand with enjoying a glass or two of crisp bubbly and ensuring that you leave space for your favourite table accompaniments such as a classy variety of gourmet salts, olive oils and vinegars…speaking of which – if you don’t know by now that Eat.arts Gourmet Salts come in delightful little pots perfect to place straight on the table in bold and fresh colours – well, now you do!
Oh, and don’t forget to get yourself some Solar Consol Jars….with Eskom up to their tricks! These clever little jars are not only brilliantly practical, but they are lovely to look at and you can really do so much with them in the form of décor.
Now, I’m ready – and as the advent calendar told me this morning…there are but 13 days to go until Christmas. Just enough time to get all of this ready in-between trips to the beach of course 😉
Much love and cheery festive wishes to you and yours this Christmas, and to those travelling – do so safely!
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.