Have you ever admired these fabulous tablescapes, and wondered where the food fits in?
Well of course, once upon a time, the 'staff' served your food and it wasn't left on the table.
Nowadays, I guess the food is on a separate table from where we serve ourselves.
That's my best bet.
Actually I think setting an extravagant table is a great way to minimise your food waste this Christmas. After all, the table should be a feast for all the senses, not just the tastebuds.
This year, I'm focusing on setting a truly beautiful Christmas table, and serving simple food.
I get that we don't feel right, if the table isn't groaning with stuff on Christmas Day, but it's a special sort of crazy really, isn't it? We waste so much and I'd rather donate a little more to charity now that we have a family of adults.
So, we're making it a feast for the eyes and soul, not just the stomach.
Our menu this year, is a simple leg ham, two lovely salads, fresh stone fruit and nuts in the shell, and a dessert yet to be decided. That's it.
But here's how I want the table to look...
...or maybe like this...
....I'm loving the combination of the tartan (plaid), metallic, fresh flowers and greenery, and festive nonsense.
Gotta love the plaid platters and transferware too.
Alas no plaid platters or transferware here, but I do have several toning blue fabrics, including a tartan sourced for just $2 a metre, a chambray remnant, a vintage toile, and a ticking style...
...in true British Colonial style, I also have a collection of crystal stemware and blue and white Ginger jars, and some lovely simple white china, so I think I'm on to something.
Here's a first attempt, using only what I have on hand today, and photo taken with my phone...sorry for the quality of the shot!
Taking my cue from the ginger jar, and using the plaid, a combination of crystal and vintage pink glasses, ginger jar, vintage cutlery, pearlised pine cone and a rose from a friend, I threw this together.
I think it needs frou-frou-ing, and I need to take my 'understated' self off to make it even more extravagant, but I like it so far.
How's your Christmas table shaping up?