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Home for a Ciroa Christmas - Tabletop Flights of Fancy

Home for a Ciroa Christmas - Tabletop Flights of Fancy

Come December, I am completely swept up in the spirit of Christmas – from trimming the tree and the joy of late-night gift-wrapping, to conjuring up fresh ideas for a feast of festive fare.

Above all, I love getting creative with dressing the Christmas table.

 

If there was ever an occasion to go over-the-top with your table-top it has to be Christmas!  

A Sydney Christmas can be as casual as shorts and t-shirts around the backyard bbq or as traditional as champagne cocktails and roast turkey on the table. In the Liddy household it’s an occasion for celebration, of all that we treasure in our lives and having fun with the family. I like my tabletop to feel homey, with a touch of glamour and some whimsical elements, to keep things light and not too formal.

A Bounty of Australian Botanicals for Christmas Lunch

Fresh flowers are an absolute must for my Christmas table, so I treat myself to a bounty of Australian botanicals, from my favourite florist at Bronte – a magical place for me!  For this free-flowing look, I used an assortment of fresh and dried floral elements - waxy Silver Wattle leaves; a burst of White Hydrangea; Teek and Banksia for texture and a scattering of dried Scabosia and Gumnuts.

Stick to simple linens on raw timber or natural stone for a relaxed feel, that keeps the focus on your fabulous centrepiece – and of course, your Christmas cooking!  For some festive sparkle, scatter some stars or glass beads. This is where it’s fun to be flamboyant with whatever you have on hand, or stumble on in your last-minute Christmas shopping frenzy. 


 
I want everyone at my table to feel special, so the individual place settings are all-important.

For my family, it’s the eclectic Christmas baubles we’ve collected over the years, that bring happy memories flooding back at Christmas. So I fell in love with these silver-hinged, glass baubles, that I could fill with fresh flowers for guests to take home. More than just a decorative trimming, they’re a memento of our day together, that guests can create their own memories with for years to come.

A Classic Christmas Dinner

Although its Summer in Australia, the tradition of Christmas dinner still conjures up cravings for the scent of fresh pine trees with twinkling fairy lights, turkey with all the trimmings and the golden glow of candles.

My tip – the more stemware and crockery you have on your table, the more formal it will feel!

To create this setting I used fragrant Spruce as a base, with a festive hint of Holly.  For some real Christmas cheer, I went for a centrepiece of red Poinsettia - an Australian Christmas classic, that brings an authentic Sydney flavour to the table. 


I brought the whole look to life with a copper strand of fairylights and a flick of the dining room dimmer switch.  A few candles make a beautiful focal point too.  

It’s a look that calls for the understated elegance of fine-bone china, with a flourish of contemporary design detail; finished with place settings that take their cue from the classic, red and green colour palette. Coloured linen napkins with candy-canes or remnants of ribbon from your Christmas wrapping will do the trick. 

From the moment guests arrive, I want them to share in my joy, that comes with feeling fully immersed in the magic of Christmas ; so I set a Cinnamon scented candle and a tall spray of native Gum Blossoms and Silver Wattle in the hallway.

For my family, it’s the eclectic Christmas baubles we’ve collected over the years, that bring happy memories flooding back at Christmas. So I fell in love with these silver-hinged, glass baubles, that I could fill with fresh flowers for guests to take home. More than just a decorative trimming, they’re a memento of our day together, that guests can create their own memories with for years to come.

Festive Flights of Fancy

You can’t beat lashings of gold and a flourish of feathers to transform your everyday living space into a wonderfully whimsical Christmas experience. I keep this setting up my sleeve for when I want to have the table set on Christmas Eve.  One less thing to think about as the relatives are arriving on the big day! 

I am completely obsessed with Christmas ornaments and snap some up, from wherever I travel to, in the lead up to Christmas. Many are hand crafted, or found in amazing locations all over the world. Shiny baubles and beaded trinkets like these, arranged in a bowl, are all you need for an eye catching table centre. Garnish with fluffy white feathers for a luxe look.

My tip for using gold is – don’t overdo it, but do have fun with it!

Carry the gold theme through to charger plates with gold detail on the rim and place cards, hand penned in gold ink. *a charger plate is a big, base plate, that makes whatever you dish-up on the dinner plate on top, appear all the more decadent.  

I finished this fanciful effect with some sprigs of Spruce and more feathers in the glass baubles, to accent each individual place setting.  

With a little thought and creative recycling, you can use the most basic of table-top essentials to accessorise. Like tying this stemware back to the central theme with bows of gold embossed ribbon.  

So there you have it!
Take a leaf from the Liddy family Christmas, and your festive table-top is done and dusted!