Blogs for December 2012

The art of hosting for Christmas!

The holiday season is always a little stressful for the person hosting the family Christmas dinner – and I speak from experience! Although you’re in the company of people you know and love, you want them to like what you serve and to have a good time, which is completely understandable!

Here are a few simple ideas that will help you avoid extra stress and ensure that you enjoy yourself too!


Your table doesn’t have to be excessively ornate! Gather together a few Christmas ornaments that you find particularly attractive, such as those made from glass and embellished with a lot of detail, and group them – along with a few candles or flowers, perhaps – into a centrepiece. You can use the white monochrome concept, as shown in the image below, or add a touch of colour in the form of green or red place mats or other decorations!


Serving an aperitif beforehand will help keep your guests occupied while you put the final touches to the meal. It also gives everyone enough time to arrive, while creating a relaxed atmosphere.

Main course

If you have your heart set on cooking, consider preparing a dish that’s within your capabilities and, if possible, that you can partly make ahead.

Space-saving solutions for your Christmas tree.

I just love Christmas! Although I’m now an adult, it remains just as magical for me as it was in my childhood! While each of us has different personal holiday traditions, most of us share one in particular: the time-honoured evergreen!


Not everyone’s home, however, is spacious enough to accommodate a “standard”-size tree, host a Christmas dinner for the entire family and maintain enough functional space for the entire month from the time the tree is set up! So here are two simple little solutions that are space-saving but won’t compromise the festive atmosphere!


Solution #1: If you have an artificial Christmas tree, you could simply set up just half or a quarter of it. Not all artificial trees lend themselves to this, however, but quarter and half-size Christmas trees are now available for sale!

Solution #2 : If you simply have no floor space for a Christmas tree, you could grace your wall with the shape of a tree using vinyl or lengths of wood (either painted or unfinished), and lights – a solution that’s only limited by your own creativity! For the less creative among us, feel free to search the Internet for a wealth of inspiring ideas!