Family, food and fun: the three key ingredients to a great Christmas!
But coming in a close forth after that is the aesthetic side of things. So today, I’m talking festive styling and how to make all that FOOD look FABULOUS!
I recently hosted a Festive Styling Masterclass with the one and only model turned restauranteur and former MasterChef contestant Sarah Todd. But before I dive into her tips – take a quick watch of a snippet of our evening with Metricon Homes below:
Ok – let’s jump into how we can make our grazing tables look more “wow” and less like we have just emptied the contents of our groceries bags onto the table (hands up if you’re guilty of this too!).
1. Choose a Theme
My mum will laugh at this one because I always tell her exasperatedly when she asks for my help on her interiors, “but mum – you don’t have a theme!”. It’s become a bit of an in joke now – but it’s no laughing matter. Before we start buying decor or furniture, or choosing paint colours, we need at least a bit of an idea of the theme we’re trying to create when it’s all finished.
As Sarah shares:
Having a defined colour scheme not only adds a polished look; it also makes it simple to make all the styling decisions. Choose a scheme that you love, be it classic gold and red, silver and pastel blue or a more on trend finish of rose gold, coppers and rose pink.
2. Get creative with spaces
I’m the first one to put my hand up and say I’m dealing with a micro space right now. Apartment living in Melbourne can be pokey! Sarah’s tip?
Create a buffet on your kitchen bench or dining table, or use a side station as a dessert buffet to maximise space.
This makes the display more visually impressive and dynamic, and allows each dish to shine.
Get all your linens, crockery and glassware out and set aside ready for the buffet.
Lay a trail of garlands and fronds along the buffet for something simple and elegant.