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CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTING, CANAPE AND COCKTAIL IDEAS

09/12/2015
I think the inner blogger in me will always love the finer details. I absolutely love Christmas, I love spending time with family and friends and loved ones, and I love choosing gifts for people whilst also shopping for myself but one thing that I really do enjoy, is planning out the finer details. How I’m going to dress the table, which canapes/appetizers I can use which will be ridiculously tasty (but also very photogenic, obvs…) and finally, the cocktail concoction that everybody needs to enjoy.
No pressure then…

So I thought this would be a fun post to put together for you to give you a little inspiration – in case you’re lacking in it amidst your Mince Pie and Mulled wine coma πŸ˜‰ – and when Freixenet got in touch to ask if I wanted to work with them to produce these ideas for their blog, I of course jumped at the chance. So for full recipe/instructions, check out that post here.
But as this was so much fun to put together, I wanted to feature it here too. So with my requirements in hand, it was off to Pinterest (and subsequently Primark, Tiger, H&M home, Anthropology and all the amazing home stores) to start decorating my Christmas table setting.
The Table setting
As you can see, I opted for a Silver and White theme which I absolutely loved and think it turned out quite minimalistic, simple and clean. I saw some absolutely stunning, quite elaborate designs on Pinterest, but some just aren’t realistic. I wanted to create something that was super simple to recreate and that’s exactly what this is. I started off with a plain white tablecloth – yep, wasn’t joking when I said it was simple, was I? – and found this gorgeous shimmering silver runner, the white napkins, the napkin rings, the silver charger plates and the actual plates themselves from Tesco. All of which were so affordable and such great quality.
FYI: I’m not sponsored by Tesco, just a bit of a fan girl!
I then focused on some of the finer details; I love the idea of name place cards and found these gorgeous bauble style ones from Tiger which worked perfectly for the theme. I also then lost my shit went slightly crazy in Tiger and picked up the champagne doilies and tea lights there too, as well as all the copper things for my bedroom. Of course…

The candelabra, cutlery and glasses were all wedding presents for my parents over 29 years ago – I know, if that doesn’t make you feel old… – and I absolutely love mixing those sentimental pieces with the modern, new purchases.
I finished it off with an ethereal, leafy centrepiece from a Christmas shop in Bluewater which was pretty much the place that Christmas dreams are made of!
The Canapes
Now, I have to be totally honest in that Christmas canapes – or just canapes in general – typically aren’t gluten free friendly. Pastries, tarts, blini’s… you name it, those suckers are full of gluten. So I came up with a, let’s be totally honest, completely basic recipe for a canape that was naturally gluten free. Because whilst I know that some stores stock gluten free pastry, I also understand that it’s not accessible for everybody, so here is my very basic – but ridiculously tasty and festive looking – recipe.
Ingredients
Method
  • Slice the tomatoes into 1cm slithers
  • Slice the mozzarella and lay on top of tomatoes
  • Add the basil and season with Salt and Pepper 
  • Top with Sundried tomato pesto
  • Finish with a drizzle of Olive oil 
  • Roast in an oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes

The Drinks
We all know that things get more than just a little boozy around the festive period and of course, choosing the perfect beverage that everyone will love is extremely important. My personal favourites? The Freixenet Cordon Rosado (a beautifully fresh and fruity bubbly rose) and the Freixenet Cordon negro (a crisp and clean cava), both of which are stunning on their own, but also work fab in cocktails. Here’s a little recipe for a preeeetty cracking cocktail (if I do say so myself) that I came up with recently and love!

Ingredients
Method
  • Pour the Cava into a cocktail shaker
  • Add the soda water
  • Slowly pour in the Peach Liqueur
  • Add in the brown sugar for a touch of sweetness
  • Finally, add a sprinkling of Cinnamon for that extra Christmassy touch

So that brings me to the end of my Christmas table setting/canape/cocktail/”oh my god guys this Cava is amazing, you need to try it” post. I had so much fun putting this together because let’s face it, I pretty much had a very early Christmas day (just minus the presents, tonne of quality street, 10 cheese boards and watching Elf 50billion times over).
I would love to know what you have planned for Christmas? What’s your favourite Christmas drink, and have you ever tried Freixenet before? Let me know your thoughts πŸ™‚
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!
xx
Post in collaboration with Freixenet but love of mozzarella, pinterest-worthy table settings and all the alcohol, my own.

62 responses to “CHRISTMAS TABLE SETTING, CANAPE AND COCKTAIL IDEAS”

  1. Oh wow this setting is absolutely stunning. I love your red dress too <3

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  2. Rosy Flynn says:

    Wow – one day I hope I'm grown up enough to actually make a Christmas table, at present I tend to contentrate on the food and neglect the settings… maybe next year.

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  3. Jodie Vernon says:

    Your table setting is gorgeous – the silver theme is really beautiful. The canapΓ©s look delicious too!

    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  4. This is so beautiful, I love this style. and your red dress is stunning, the perfect Xmas frock! x

  5. I looove the table setting! Super impressive, we are having a little Christmas dinner this weekend so I really need to sort out my table plans, I've only got the crackers so far! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  6. This table setting is beautiful! Loving all the silver glitter and of course your lovely red dress. Looking fab!

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  7. This whole post is just pinterest heaven! It's so impressive and you look lovely in that red dress too!xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  8. All of the decorations look gorgeous and I love your dress! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  9. ella grace says:

    I really dig the silver and white table setting Elle. It looks so elegant. Xx

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  10. May Cho says:

    Gosh, Elle, how stunning! I wish I could set a table like you but I'm 101% sure I'll break the goblets before I've even taken out the tablecloth, hahah

    May | THE MAYDEN

  11. I am literally captivated by this post and absolutely amazed at how gorgeous your table setting is, definitely not simple Elle NOT FOR ME hahaha πŸ˜‰ Good job, and I love the gluten free canapes and the cocktail just sounds divine xxx

    BlondeOfCarbs

  12. Rubi Ani says:

    I'm loving your table decor, and theme!
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  13. I love this a lot! Really nice.

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  14. So gorgeous! I added a bit of silver on my table this year too! Obsessed with that brick wall too! So cozy!

    <3 Shannon
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  15. I love your style! I wish I was better at table settings and little details of holiday and party planning. I'm just lazy, haha.

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  16. Beautiful table, so wintery! It gives me some ideas for Christmas! Thanks for sharing! x

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  17. Ahh this is such a beautiful table setting,definitely pinterest worthy too! The colour scheme works so well!

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  18. Your table setting is beautiful and silver theme looks great! Pinterest perfect Christmas table! xx

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  19. stephanie says:

    Oh my gosh what a gorgeous table spread!! Beautiful. Like your red dress too! So chrismtasy

  20. This is such a lovely post Elle! The food looks so delicious and the table setting is gorgeous too πŸ™‚ x
    Charlotte's Road

  21. * Helen * says:

    Stunning post and ideas, thanks for sharing!

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    x

  22. Kara says:

    I'm in love with this whole post (especially with how simple and modern the table setting is; too many colours is always too OTT!) but definitely in love with the festive dress too!
    I would also so many that mini starter as I am the worlds worst cook! Lovely post πŸ™‚ xx

  23. LBG says:

    The table setting is stunning! I love the silver theme! I just love this whole post, so fun! Gorgeous photos! Love your dress too

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  24. Pam Scalfi says:

    that table, omg! I really want to have a xmas wedding next year, this is the perfect inspiration! πŸ™‚
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  25. Alina Bostan says:

    I pick this prosecco up on a regular basis, love the rose version especially. You've got such a gorgeous silver setting, love it all including the delicious food x

    Beauty with charm

  26. OH my gosh, this is gorgeous Elle! So artistic! And you look very happy indeed with a bottle in each hand πŸ˜‰ x

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  27. Gabrielle says:

    What a beautiful setting – you did a wonderful job Elle! The presentation of the entire table is so dreamy. I'm all for going all in when it comes to Christmas too – go big or go home, right?!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
    x

  28. crafty-zone says:

    Your post is AMAZING, dear, you took me for a few minutes to your place and I felt like I was next to you eating this delicious food and drinking your coctail. And what's more, I have to visit Tesco, I haven't had idea that they have such a good decorations ;P

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  29. Caramella says:

    What a gorgeous presentation! And you look beautiful!!

  30. Lauren S says:

    Ahhh girl you look so good in red and this is all so festive! I love a silver sparkly table, always the best right?!

    Lauren x
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  31. Josie says:

    This all looks sooo stunning! Simple but really effective and beautiful. Also, red is definitely your colour! I think my favourite Christmas drink is a good ol' Bailey's x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  32. I LOVE those canapes, lady! And the table setting is amazing. So very Christmas-y πŸ™‚

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  33. This is such a great post. Made me want it to be Christmas day today!!

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  34. Adaleta says:

    These are lovely photos & absolutely so festive! xx, adaatude.com

  35. You did such a great job! It looks perfect and I love the theme you went for πŸ™‚ xx

  36. Vicky says:

    This is such a pretty table setting. You can't beat a Bucks Fizz on Christmas morning with a bacon sandwich for me! xx

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