Christmas Eve Dinner with a Touch of Vintage Style & Traditional Food

Christmas Eve Dinner with a Touch of Vintage Style & Traditional Food

In my home country of Portugal our Christmas celebrations begin on Christmas Eve….

“The best gift around the Christmas tree is the presence of family wrapped in love”

An intimate Christmas dinner for four…

I was born in Covilha, Portugal and whenever I go back to this small town at the foot of the Sierra de Estrela mountains I always feel rooted to my Portuguese heritage. In keeping with my heritage, Christmas has always been a time where we gather together to celebrate with Portuguese traditional food and folklore stories that date back to when my parents where children in this region. Our traditional meal consists of a Prawn Bisque, followed by Cod Fish that can be made in various methods, a meat dish and then a variation of traditional Portuguese desserts.

  • The log fireplace inspired the richness of the colour I used to create the table decor and place settings for our Christmas dinner. Their home is richly decorated with ornate furniture pieces and a stunning crystal chandelier that hangs in the centre of the room adding opulence.
  • By layering a white lace table cloth over a red linen one, created a vintage feel to the table.
  • Layering Mom’s delicate vintage porcelain crockery that she has had for over 50 years from www.vistaalegre.pt in white with navy blue and gold etching added to the vintage feel.
  • My DIY wreath was used for the centerpiece with added Christmas greenery, red berries and mistletow. TIP: I sprayed the red berries with a gloss plant spray to give a shinny finish to the greenery.
  • Using gold spotted ribbon to tie around the linen napkins and inserting a sprig of greenery and mistletoe added a festive feel to the place setting.

 

In Portugal our celebrations begin on Christmas eve and prezzies are opened at Midnight….

The Food…

Prawn bisque (Sopa de marisco)

Cod fish (Bacalau)

Leg of lamb (Perna de borrego assado no forno)

The Dessert…

The Kings Cake (Bolo de rei)

Farofias (unable to translate)

Fresh strawberries and Coconut tart (Morangos e Tart de Coco)

 

The table detail…..

Christmas madness is over and with a few days left of 2017 I am looking forward to embracing winter with its calmness.

Wishing all my followers a fabulous 2018 filled with loads of blessings !!!

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Quick & Easy Christmas Wreath centrepiece idea…

Quick & Easy Christmas Wreath centrepiece idea…

Simple Christmas wreath using natural elements

“Let your imagination create the magic of Christmas in your home……”

Ready for Christmas?? Still thinking of what to do for a centrepiece…

There is no better time of the year than Christmas, it’s a time to make memories and share special moments at home with family and friends. Having a plan makes for a more cheerful and less stressful holiday season, so I hope you enjoy my homemade wreath idea as much as I enjoyed creating it!

You will need….

  • You can either buy a simple wreath and add the moss yourself or get one already complete with moss. I love finding ways to make DIY a little easier and less time consuming. My local nursery www.gigagarden.com had a number of fabulous wreaths to choose from in various sizes and shapes.
  • 2 large bunches of fresh greenery
  • Natural decor of your choice to bunch together as focal points
  • Florist wire
  • Bamboo Christmas balls
  • White Spray paint

The wreath....

Entwine the florist wire around the wreath in order to thread the Christmas greenery onto the wreath easily and this prevents the elements form falling off.

Adding greenery....

Use any form of Christmas greenery of your choice. I loved this hardy greenery as it added a lovely texture and it was easy to thread through the florist wire and retained its shape well.

Adding natural elements.....

To create focal points on the wreath I bunched various natural elements that I had in my DIY box and then added cinnamon sticks, acorns and dried leaves to give an organic feel.

Would love you to share your Christmas centrepiece ideas with me…

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