How to Style Your Table This Christmas

As we approach the holidays and invite our loved ones over to celebrate this time of year, our spark for entertaining kicks into gear!

In our latest blog post we discuss all things holiday-inspiration, as well as festive decorating ideas for your ultimate Christmas table spread.

We cover what themes are trending, why you should focus on the details, and how scents contribute to the festive atmosphere you are creating for your guests.

Where you are for Christmas and how many people will be at the table, will always dictate how much you can get away with putting on the table. The table needs to be set, but not overcrowded. Avoid anything too high on the table, as you want to make sure that you can easily chat across the table. Styling the table is good when you have food served somewhere else and guests just bring their plate to a pretty table already set.

What are the trending themes of table decor this Christmas?

We are seeing a lot of pastel themes for Christmas this year; pinks, blues, sea greens. An ode to the colours of an Australian summer, they are light, fresh and inviting.

What are important elements to have - place cards, different scents, etc?

For special occasions such as Christmas it's nice to have a table cloth and cloth napkins. It feels like a special meal if the table is set and finished with these. Candles always create a beautiful mood and hand written place cards with a message for guests are a nice touch.  It adds a little something special to the day and this year we all need something special just that little bit more.

What are the necessary elements for a beautiful Christmas table?

Start with a base and build layer by layer from there. Match the tablecloth and napkins to the chosen colour palette, then add the centrepiece, building and adding with each element. Pop in the plates and cutlery so you know how much room you have to work with and then use that as a guide. If possible it's a good idea to start the process of setting in the morning and build the layers throughout the day- this helps to avoid the stress of having to do it all at once. You can even start the day before if you can!

How can I style the table and keep the details and unique touches without overdoing the setting?

Turn the things you definitely need on the table into special moments. You can personalise the decorations to match the tree, the table decorations can include photos to add a personal touch, and colours will bring it all together. Add the people, the bonbons and the food and you don't need much more. The Christmas table is meant to be special and feel different, so make an effort. If there is any day you can get away with making a table setting feel extra special, it's at Christmas!

Christmas Cocktails....for a Palm Beach Christmas!

Christmas Day is all about wandering down to the beach with a cheeky, pink drink or popping a beautiful bottle of Champagne and sharing a toast with friends and family around the table. This year the secret ingredient to making it a Palm Beach Christmas is Pink Hibiscus, and we’ve got two fresh, fruity and fizzy recipes for you to make something special to enjoy on the day.

For the grown-up's table, a Pink Hibiscus Gin Fizz is the drink of choice. A festive take on a classic cocktail, the infusion of zesty lemon and sweet hibiscus makes for a summer spritz like no other. With some bubbles to top it all off, the celebrations and Christmas toast can start early.

For a beautiful non-alcoholic addition to the table this year, we suggest a Hibiscus Mojito mocktail. The perfect refreshment for a warm summer day, with fresh mint, juicy strawberries, citrus and sweet hibiscus. It’s delicious, it makes for beautiful table decor and it is something for everyone to enjoy. Even the kids will love it.

Pink Hibiscus Gin Fizz Cocktail

1 hibiscus flower from Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup
30 ml hibiscus syrup from Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup
60 ml lemon juice
45 ml Gin
60 ml Champagne or Prosecco
ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add Gin, lemon juice, and hibiscus syrup.
Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.
Fill the glass with your choice of bubbles.
Add in a Wild Hibiscus flower to garnish and it’s a Palm Beach Christmas!

Hibiscus Mojito Mocktail

5-10 mint leaves, washed, stems removed
2 tsp brown sugar
80 ml fresh lime juice (approx. 1 lime)
60 ml of hibiscus syrup
350ml soda water
ice
lime wedge, strawberry slices and mint sprig for garnish

Take the fresh mint leaves and place them at the bottom of a cocktail shaker or tall glass. Gently muddle the leaves using a careful twisting motion.
Add in the brown sugar and continue gently muddling into the mint, then pour in the lime juice and hibiscus syrup. Stir gently to combine.
Grab your serving jug and slowly pour in the muddle ingredients. Then fill your jug up with ice and pour in the soda water to the top. Gently stir to mix.
Add in the slices of strawberry, a wedge or two of lime and a few mint leaves to garnish.
Enjoy!

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