For the last few years, we have hosted a group of friends for Christmas dinner. My favourite part of preparing for these events has been designing a display for the dinner table. We rarely use our large table for dining, as it is also GJ’s workspace, so it takes a special event to clear it off. This year, I chose a snowy woodland theme. I made five little trees with Sculpy low-fire clay, painted them white, and sprinkled the wet paint liberally with fine glitter. These were placed over battery-powered tea lights, and arranged with other candles and various curios we have collected. I cut some holly leaves from wool felt, and needle felted the berries, then combined these with sprigs of cedar to create napkin rings. I also decorated a trunk in the living room with cut glass dishes to hold pre-dinner snacks. The dinner was delicious, as was the table, if I do say so myself!
I was too busy cooking and enjoying our friends and cats – and eating of course – to take very many pics on Christmas Day. We did a beautiful turkey and so many delicious dishes. One friend brought rum, another fresh home-made eggnog and another pickled carrots and beets, plus wine galore. We totally cleared off GJ’s workspace and transformed it into a dining table, with his beautiful candle sticks and wine glasses, mismatched vintage plates and fragrant beeswax candles, orange pomanders and branches of bay. A perfect, peaceful and joyous day! The only thing missing was snow!
A gift of a green centrepiece, my baking, juicy oranges and English candies sent by my sister from her recent trip to London!
Our lovely table!
Weary, but in no way hungry yet, we set out preparing the feast. GJ was in charge of the turkey and my sis and I powered through the multiple other dishes. My sis’s fella R was in charge of dispensing seasonal beverages. We had such a wonderful afternoon and evening, and so enjoyed the amazing meal we created together! Check out these links which gave us inspiration: Amazing roast turkey, yummy roasted vegetables with different flavourings, and delicious vegetarian nut loaf. Oh, and I think the bread stuffing was the best I’ve ever made! The credit belongs to all the bread: most of the home-made loaf our friends in Salmo sent us home with, most of a Mishe Royale from the Nelson bakery called Au Soleil Levant, and the secret stuffing weapon, three croissants!
My sister and I chopping, measuring, and chopping some more.
Chopped potatoes, garlic cloves and sliced shallot s were roasted first, then mashed with butter and cream.
One of my favourite parts of the meal, cranberry sauce. This year I combined about 400 grams of organic cranberries, one fresh bartlett pear, finely chopped, and brown sugar.
Delicious nut loaf comes out of the oven to make room for the roasted vegetables.
The final moments of preparation.
The tree is lit and the table set. A warm and cozy setting for our feast.
The plates piled high!