Have a 'Merrier' Christmas
Don't hassle about crowded restaurants and bars when you can celebrate with your own sparkle-filled party - at home!
This year, forego the mad rush and disorganised panic of trying to find a venue to host your Christmas event by celebrating at home. Give your festive party a modern twist with shimmering decorations, gilded crockery and unexpected pops of colour.
South Africans know how to celebrate Christmas with a cool fare of crisp salads, fresh fruits and vegetables and assorted side dishes to accompany the main meal. This is a wonderful way to set up a table with all-white crockery and let the food add splashes of festive red and green to the table - without any expensive decorations.
Bring the metallic trend into your Christmas celebrations with a hint of gold, copper or silver. A plain silk table runner over a white table cloth is embellished with a few shimmering ornaments and gold-sprayed foliage and accessories. These softer shades as a backdrop allow the natural colours of the food to pop.
Keep it simple and wrap flatware in a plain white napkin to highlight the understated theme, and gold or silver flatware will add just the right amount of festive attitude.
Dessert is everyone's favourite and putting them out on display will add to the look of your table. Display cakes and cupcakes on elevated servers so that they are eye-catching and guests can help themselves. You can even add extra decoration with shimmering baubles that match the table decor.
This year is your turn to be the hostess with the mostest! Every celebration revolves around the cocktails and you can kit out a bar cart with all your glassware and cocktail essentials. Shop for a selection of gold-dipped glasses - or make your own using gold paint or Rust-Oleum metallic spray paints.