Joanna Buchanan Christmas Table Setting
Yay!  Finally the festive season is well and truly upon us!  I've been knee deep in Christmas events lately and enjoying every second of it.  This past weekend saw me soak up the magical atmosphere at Kew at Christmas, take a spin on the ice rink at the Tower of London (press visit - read more over on my Instagram!), tour the most striking lights of the season in Belgravia and Knightsbridge and finally, brave the crowds at Winter Wonderland. But this season isn't all about rushing from event to event, it's also about enjoying a slower pace.  It's about good company, good food and good memories.  One of my favourite ways to encourage this is through themed table settings to help bring people together.  Needless to say, this one is festive themed!  With a little help via some sparkling pieces from luxury homeware accessory designer Joanna Buchanan, I've put together a gloriously gold Christmas table setting to help inspire your own festive dinner table this month...
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Snowflake Napkin Rings
Paul's Bakery Chocolate Christmas Cake
Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez 10 Year Gold Rum Review
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Gold Jewellery Box
Winter Alpine Model Snow Chalet
First thing's first: the focus point.  Come December 25th, I'm afraid a Victoria Sponge just won't cut it for dessert. Thankfully, there are some fabulous options around right now that offer a bigger impact, without the bigger price tag.  This chocolate-infused gem is from Paul's Bakery, a family-owned company with a handful of stores in-and-around London - and their delicious cakes can also be purchased online.  This striking Winter Forest Christmas Cake immediately caught my eye, although there are plenty of other options such as their wide range of traditional Yule Logs.   Yum!  I've wanted a reason to buy one of their themed cakes for aaaaages and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to indulge in one.  To create an even larger impact, place a metallic plate underneath, layered on top of a wide and embellished place mat.  This beaded Chinoiserie placement design is by Joanna Buchanan and has quickly become my favourite for table styling.
Luxury Christmas Gold Table Setting
Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez 10 Year Gold Rum
With regard to drinks, I understand it's a personal thing.  My only slice of advice would be to keep in mind what your guests enjoy and not just yourself!  Although, if in doubt, pick up a bottle of the newly launched Bacardi's Gran Reserva Diez 10 Year Old Rum.  I was recently gifted a personalised bottle from the brand and have been a convert since.  The premium rum is a gold sipping rum that's been barrel-aged for a minimum of ten years under the Caribbean sun.  And if you're still not convinced, it will add a gorgeous flash of gold to your festive table setting, no?!
Joanna Buchanan Luxury Christmas Snowflake Stocking
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Gifts 2019
Paul's Bakery Chocolate Christmas CakeBe sure to add a splash of excitement to any and every other food element at the table.  For fruit and cheese, invest in some luxurious cocktail picks such as these Snowflake Cocktail Picks - part of Joanna Buchanan's Snowflake Range.  They contribute just the right amount of glitz to a light snack and are guaranteed to spark a compliment, or two!  Do you remember the embellished napkin rings from my previous table setting?  I've added a new set to my collection via these Classic Snowflake Skinny Napkin Rings.  The two tone design is ideal for when your setting features mixed metals, and the heavy embellishment is a godsend should you find yourself only with plain napkins for one reason or another...
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Snowflake Napkin Rings
Paul's Bakery Snow scene Chocolate Christmas Cake
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Snowflake Ornament
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Snowflake Napkin Rings
Now it's time to create a more intimate and warm ambience.  I've featured a gorgeous festive edition candle from Fragonard in this scene that I'd been dying to take a match to, however I would suggest keeping away from strong scents.  Oh and remember to keep it far away from the action; that's not something you want to have to worry about while tucking into the chocolate dessert!  Fairy lights are also a fabulous option for adding warmth.  Be sure to opt for warm white LED bulbs - both for safety and for achieving that cosy ambience we all have in mind at this time of year.
Fragonard Bientot Christmas Candle
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Snowflake Ornament Decoration
Okay, so the food has been served and the ambience set - but what if you want your festive occasion to be a little more traditional?  Firstly, move an embellished stocking to your dining area.  Whether it's filled with gifts or not is entirely up to you - and who your guests are!  This Snowflake Stocking by Joanna Buchanan is now sold out and I'm not at all surprised why considering the intricate embellishment.  Ooh.  Thankfully, there are still some other options available such as this claret red Sparkle Bee Embroidered Stocking and the beaded Celestial Stocking.  Another brilliant way of bringing a more traditional element to a Christmas table setting is by adding... wait for it.... a Christmas tree!  I know, I know, that's not where it belongs - but there's nothing to say you can't pick up a mini one to position beside your dining table, right?  It's a brilliant excuse to indulge in some ornament shopping, such as these three sparkling beauties from Joanna Buchanan's Snowflake range.  The Sparkle Snowflake Ornament would also make a lovely gift thanks to the perfectly-presented packaging, although the Snowflake Tassel Hanging Ornament is my favourite thanks to the extravagant beaded tassel design. 

Psst! Bring the tree a little too close to the table to create an intimate, alpine vibe. 
  Joanna Buchanan Christmas Snowflake Cocktail Sticks
Joanna Buchanan Christmas Jewellery Box 2019
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this Christmas table setting!  Has anything in particular caught your eye?  What colour do you most enjoy introducing into your festive dining setting?  Let me know in the comments below!

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With love,

Gabrielle x


Thanks to Joanna Buchanan for working with me on this post!