Christmas is around the corner and this means family time, gathering, gifting and feasting. There’s a sentimentality around the traditions that families form around this special time of the year, an excitement around unpacking carefully wrapped Christmas decorations and bringing elements of celebration into the home. Trees, wreaths and hanging baubles make an appearance and Christmas menus and plans are discussed. As our families grow we welcome new faces to the table and new traditions are formed.
Christmas Summer Lunching
In South Africa we celebrate a summer Christmas that makes us think of sunny times. We open up our homes and welcome in our family and friends. We exchange gifts, relax, cook and chat. Long outdoor lunching and hours in and out of the swimming pool. Relaxed entertaining in the garden and around the braai is what makes Christmas lunch special for us.
A Contemporary Christmas Contrast
But, why not create some new traditions this year? We love the idea of incorporating a cozy Christmas Eve dinner into our Christmas hosting plans so that we can enjoy the best of both indoor and outdoor entertaining this season. Contrast your bright and breezy lunch with a more sophisticated and contemporary indoor dinner party.
A great idea is to bring in an unexpected and non traditional colour palette to your dinner party decor. Instead of the traditional red and green go for modern metallics and rich blues. Use bare branches and minimalist wreaths for a contemporary feel, and bring in candles and fairy lights to balance the blue minimalism with a warm light.
Small details can give your dinner guests the feeling that they are really being spoilt. Serve welcome drinks from a beautifully arranged drinks trolley, set a formal table and treat them to comfortable coffee and chocolates in a cozy lounge space after dinner.
Attention to Detail Home Hosting
Pull the comfortable contemporary look all the way through your guest experience too with attention to detail hosting. Take the warm lighting and blue and metallic details into your gifting details, your guest bathroom and guest bedrooms too. Spoil your overnight guests with crisp bedlinen, fluffy towels, luxury soaps, scents and pampering gifts in their rooms and en suites.
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Have a look at @home’s Christmas Hosting Catalogue for more helpful tips on perfect hosting, and inspiration to achieve the contrasting day and night party looks. You can also shop for all of the details of this post on their website and make these ideas your own.