DECK THE HALLS

DECK THE HALLS

Every year brings new memories, new friends, new lessons, and new values to life. It’s hard to believe the year is coming to an end. and again i am far from done with my last years resolutions! my only consolation is that it’s time to deck the halls again. And that includes the garden too. I love the festive season. Wether you celebrate religiously or not , its the time of the year where friends visit from all over the world and my kids are home from college. And with just a little imagination you can liven things up in your home dramatically !

Setting the scene for a beautiful dining experience is my favorite part of entertaining . Whether its on the patio or in the dining room , the table should come to life. There is nothing better than entertaining guests and family in the garden. Candlelight, plaid blankets, flowers, nothing overly done. Simply making the best and happiest memories count more than the decor itself . We are lucky we live in a region where winter evenings are the perfect opportunity to take advantage for entertaining. the ambiance, mystique and the perfect temperature make it so much more enjoyable. I cannot think of anything better than a meal shared with my dearest friends and family under a starry sky. I say bring out the stars! Lighting your outdoor entertaining areas can open up the dining experience. Make your outdoors feel magical. Whether using traditional white bulbs, LED lights, bulbs shaped like stars or snowflakes …. they all work. And the sky’s the limit literally!

Whether you like to keep things simple or go with a full on glitz and glamour, make it your own with some personal touches. Whether it’s your everyday dinnerware, inherited china or a mishmash of a collected harlequin plates, setting the festive table can be an amazingly simple or elaborate endeavor. Jewel tones bring in a festive warmth. Fill your table with nuts, flowers, dried fruit and pomegranates in a free-form display of pitchers and teapots, goblets and candelabras. To control the effect from going overboard OTT tone down with simple white candles. Food is, of course, a serious thing for Arabs. Festive food even more so. I cannot help but unleash my the horn of plenty cascade style table setting. The cornucopia , which symbolizes the bounty of life , reminds of the blessings we’ve received throughout the year….plus this display lets you enjoy objects and treasures you love but don’t always have the space or opportunity to use!