Monday, 19 December 2016

Menus and Table Settings - Christmas Eve

Decorating the table for our Christmas celebrations is one of my loves. If I'm being organised, a few weeks before I will get all my grandmothers linen out, give it a wash to freshen up - also check the moths haven't got to it! - and then give it all a hot iron. I absolutely hate ironing, but this one time I love it - it's one of my rituals of Christmas, I put carols on, light up the tree and it reminds me of Christmas past etc....It's my start to Christmas.

Once I have all the linen ready, I plan the menus, themes etc. I like to have a different look to the table for each meal and I get the cutlery settings ready to match the menu. Over the years I've gathered together a collection of old silver cutlery and whilst it's not practical for everyday use, its nice to dig it all out and clean it up, with a vinegar and baking soda paste, - none of it matches but it's a nice eclectic collection and look!

This week I thought I would show you some of my ideas for menu's & my planned table decorations for over Christmas - and where possible I will include links to my recipes .........

So first up - Christmas Eve

We always have fish in some form or other on Christmas Eve and I like to keep the whole menu light. So we will start with a courgette rosti - this is very easy to prepare before hand and they are quick and easy to cook - keep them warm in the oven until needed and they look really pretty and fresh on the plate - serve with a little toast if you wish.

The mussels in a saffron cream sauce served on a bed of pasta is a really show stopper - but is so easy to do, preparation is the key and it then you can cook it up in the time it takes the pasta to cook.

Finally a clafouti always look good - filled with fruit of your choice - fresh figs, apricots, cherries or blueberries - with some flaked almonds and a jug of pouring cream it's the prefect end to the meal ...........

This year our table will be blue and white for Christmas Eve - a very Scandinavian look. A few tea lights placed in angel cookie cutters - simple but effective, some strings of fairy lights and handful of amaretti biscuits with a blue wrapping, scattered around. We will have champagne or a sparkling wine so in the flutes I've placed some sprigs of rosemary just to add a bit of greenery and height to the table. The cutlery has been divided into individual settings and popped in linen napkins before hand, all held together with a dolly peg - so I know I have enough sets for everyone!

So that's Christmas eve sorted.......

Have a great start to you Christmas Week
Love Lizx