I know it’s still a few weeks away yet, but after getting down all of our Christmas decorations from the attic we really got into the festive spirit! We decided to have a little pre-Christmas buffet for dinner (the best kind of dinner) after putting up the tree to try out some new tableware.
Out came the tartan table runner, the snazzy new wine glasses, and all of the Christmas themed tableware. Along with festive dinnerware; pretty tea light candles are great for decorating a dinner table at Christmas time to give a fun festive atmosphere.
Paper plates are probably best for family gatherings like this; the less washing up the better! These festive printed red and white paper plates from Anker match the crackers, napkins, and also the melamine bowl, dip plate, and sectioned tray. And best of all they’re all only £1 each!
For our dinner buffet we had plenty of tasty treats including mascapone and mushroom pizza, lots of crisps and dip, sausage rolls, olives, crackers and much more! Pre-sliced cheese is an easy option for a grab-and-go style buffet dinner, such as you can get from Applewood and Jarlsberg. The chip and dip plate was actually used to hold the cheese and ham slices along with tomatoes in the centre. And the sectioned tray was very useful for keeping the coleslaw, olives and pate separated. Also.. how cute are those little Santa hats on the bottles?!
What comes next after a buffet feast on Boxing Day? A dessert feast of course! This little dessert table is made up from some very yummy treats and more pretty tableware. How adorable is the little ceramic gingerbread man dish
?! He was too cute to even put anything in.. I feel he deserves to be shown off, although he would be perfect for holding onto all kinds of sweeties!
I was planning on making little chocolate mousses in these petite red heart shaped ramekin dishes
but I ran out of time; but they are great for putting other little snacks in too! They will be ideal for Valentines day as well. But back to the festive theme… I love these little mugs
with a colourful winter pattern all over. I used them to make mini hot chocolates with whipped cream and marshmallows.. yummy! The pretty red snack tray
is from DotComGiftShop and although it’s not Christmas themed I think it looks the part on the festive table. The other little ceramic plates are from Poundland and have red reindeer painted in the centre, and snowflakes around the edge.
If you’re looking for sweet Christmas treats, you may want to take a look at these stunning Christmas cakes from Fiona Cairns. The range at this time of year is so beautiful and includes these perfectly decorated cupcakes
and traditional fruit cake
decorated with icing and holly.
Also.. what’s Christmas without some real gingerbread and mince pies; I love these heart shaped gingerbread biscuits and luxury mince pies! I didn’t make the mince pies myself, although you could probably pass them off as your own as they are handmade!