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Setting the Christmas Table

Tips from Grace & Saviour...

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Setting the Christmas Table

Tips from Grace & Saviour...

Setting the Christmas Table | DonalSkehan.com, Tips from Grace & Saviour...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Grace Campbell of Grace & Saviour Styling, is a talented event & prop stylist, which you remember from here and when it came to setting the table for my RTE Christmas special, Donal’s Christmas Feast, I knew she was the best person for the job! I’ve had so many comments about how beautiful our final feast looked, that I asked Grace to share some of her insider tricks of the trade when it comes to setting your table for the perfect Christmas Feast. Below are just some of the ways she pulled together the look and feel on the day:

It doesn’t get much more magical than working with Donal and the team at Henrietta Street just before Christmas. We could not wait to dress the house fit for the food that Donal would prepare for everyone to gather. The space for our feast was absolutely beautiful, so we applied a few of our favourite processes to draw on what was already there, making it warm and intimate, ready for friends to arrive. These same thoughts can apply to how you look at your home for the season whether big or small. I believe there a few key areas, once dressed, that easily transform your home with the festive spirit.

Grace Campbell of Grace & Saviour Styling, is a talented event & prop stylist, which you remember from here and when it came to setting the table for my RTE Christmas special, Donal’s Christmas Feast, I knew she was the best person for the job! I’ve had so many comments about how beautiful our final feast looked, that I asked Grace to share some of her insider tricks of the trade when it comes to setting your table for the perfect Christmas Feast. Below are just some of the ways she pulled together the look and feel on the day:

It doesn’t get much more magical than working with Donal and the team at Henrietta Street just before Christmas. We could not wait to dress the house fit for the food that Donal would prepare for everyone to gather. The space for our feast was absolutely beautiful, so we applied a few of our favourite processes to draw on what was already there, making it warm and intimate, ready for friends to arrive. These same thoughts can apply to how you look at your home for the season whether big or small. I believe there a few key areas, once dressed, that easily transform your home with the festive spirit.

The Grand Entrance

First look at how people enter your home, can you dress the doorway, what will greet your guests, and how will it make them feel. Will you go for a big fat Christmas wreath adorned with spruce, pinecones and candied oranges, or something modern, decadent or wild? We were lucky to have an abundant wreath from Mark Grehan of The Garden at Powerscourt. Then the hallway, it is the perfect space to add warmth and invite your guests through and into your home. At Henrietta Street we had the most wonderful staircase that we dressed with some of our favourite foraged spruce, fir and candlelight to guide our guests.

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The Grand Entrance

First look at how people enter your home, can you dress the doorway, what will greet your guests, and how will it make them feel. Will you go for a big fat Christmas wreath adorned with spruce, pinecones and candied oranges, or something modern, decadent or wild? We were lucky to have an abundant wreath from Mark Grehan of The Garden at Powerscourt. Then the hallway, it is the perfect space to add warmth and invite your guests through and into your home. At Henrietta Street we had the most wonderful staircase that we dressed with some of our favourite foraged spruce, fir and candlelight to guide our guests.

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The Dining Space

The room for your Christmas feast. At home and at Henrietta Street I start with what is present in the room that should remain for the holidays, what furniture and what pieces. I then look at what can be found around the house that would add to the room for Christmas. You may not have the luxury of moving furniture freely around your home, but look at what is displayed on your surfaces and what is hidden away. Some vases, ornament, books, lanterns or throws might sit idly among other things through the year, but select and bring them to the fore, and they can add to your décor for Christmas. Pull out a decadent vase, a deep red throw or an heirloom decanter for flowers, and you transform how you see your things at Christmas. From an upstairs bedroom we pulled a comforting green velvet chair up to the fire, perfect for getting cosy on Christmas Eve. We then added a favourite red velvet throw for cosying up after dinner, and lots of fire wood in a favourite wicker basket, so that no one need venture outside if the fire should die down. We selected the key pieces that felt like Christmas to everyone, , the fireplace, the grand piano and of course the table for our meal, then we set about dressing those fit for our guests. And finally we picked out window ledges and mirrors and added warming church candles to flicker and glow in their reflections.

The Dining Space

The room for your Christmas feast. At home and at Henrietta Street I start with what is present in the room that should remain for the holidays, what furniture and what pieces. I then look at what can be found around the house that would add to the room for Christmas. You may not have the luxury of moving furniture freely around your home, but look at what is displayed on your surfaces and what is hidden away. Some vases, ornament, books, lanterns or throws might sit idly among other things through the year, but select and bring them to the fore, and they can add to your décor for Christmas. Pull out a decadent vase, a deep red throw or an heirloom decanter for flowers, and you transform how you see your things at Christmas. From an upstairs bedroom we pulled a comforting green velvet chair up to the fire, perfect for getting cosy on Christmas Eve. We then added a favourite red velvet throw for cosying up after dinner, and lots of fire wood in a favourite wicker basket, so that no one need venture outside if the fire should die down. We selected the key pieces that felt like Christmas to everyone, , the fireplace, the grand piano and of course the table for our meal, then we set about dressing those fit for our guests. And finally we picked out window ledges and mirrors and added warming church candles to flicker and glow in their reflections.

The Christmas Table

Then the Christmas table, the best bit! To create a Christmas home that doesn’t feel overbearing or stuffed, we like to keep the décor loose, but apply chosen themes through the home. So, when it came to the table we started with a beautiful centrepiece from Mark at The Garden, and then worked outwards adding more winter foliage and candlelight through the centre of the table, placing lose gathered greenery through candles and berries, pinecones and candied clementine’s.

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The Christmas Table

Then the Christmas table, the best bit! To create a Christmas home that doesn’t feel overbearing or stuffed, we like to keep the décor loose, but apply chosen themes through the home. So, when it came to the table we started with a beautiful centrepiece from Mark at The Garden, and then worked outwards adding more winter foliage and candlelight through the centre of the table, placing lose gathered greenery through candles and berries, pinecones and candied clementine’s.

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We then treated each guest to individual place settings with a nod to Donal’s Swedish travels with some lovely red and ivory ribbons, tied up with tiny sleigh bells and festive smells including cinnamon and eucalyptus, ensuring the table was a feast for the senses before the meal was even served. And when all of this was done, and the last decoration was placed on the tree we could wait for the smells to come from the kitchen, light the candles pour the wine and wait for the guests. And what was the comment from each and every guest, how warm the house felt, and how inviting, a perfect complement to Donal’s Christmas Feast.

We then treated each guest to individual place settings with a nod to Donal’s Swedish travels with some lovely red and ivory ribbons, tied up with tiny sleigh bells and festive smells including cinnamon and eucalyptus, ensuring the table was a feast for the senses before the meal was even served. And when all of this was done, and the last decoration was placed on the tree we could wait for the smells to come from the kitchen, light the candles pour the wine and wait for the guests. And what was the comment from each and every guest, how warm the house felt, and how inviting, a perfect complement to Donal’s Christmas Feast.