Following on from a Taste of Dublin, Taste Club event (in association with Mastercard and Mercedes Ballsbridge) where I hosted a Christmas tablescaping feature, here are all the details of my haul…(if I’ve missed anything off and you would like to know about it, please contact me via any of my social media accounts). (If the store links appear blank on your device, they should appear if you hover over).
Thanks to Meadows & Bryne for the very generous loan of table wear and festive decorations. You can find everything I used in any of their stores or online. As a reminder, the items I used from here were:
Tablewear: All of the crockery, napkins, cutlery, clear wine glasses, water glasses, flower vase.
Decorations: Mistletoe, mini knit stockings (how cute were they?!), glittery additions to floral display and wire edged ribbon.
The pink hued wine glasses were my own which I bought in Laura Ashley a few years ago.
The glittertastic fabric in a soft rose gold was from Home Focus (Hickey’s Fabrics) (a bargain at €12.50 / metre) but I have also seen a fairly large gold sequin tablecloth in Primark.
The embroidery hoop (I used 10″) from Trimmings.
I foraged for all of the greenery including Ivy, Spruce and holly (with berries, hurrah!) in my local park. I then picked up some eucalyptus and a few red and pink flowers in my local florist.
Dried orange, lime and apple slices, along with cinnamon sticks can be picked up in florists. Home Focus (Hickeys fabrics) also stock these as well as many other stores. I love to visit a florists wholesalers also as they have such a huge range of exciting things and recently found this one in Sandyford, Dublin. Yes, the public can shop there too and things don’t have to be bought in bulk.
Wire edged festive ribbon is widely available and works well as a bottom bow on the bottom of the hoop as it sits proudly. I used festive ribbon from Tiger Stores to hang the wreath.
HOMEMADE GLITTERY TEALIGHT HOLDERS
Save and clean used glass jars.
I used loose white, gold and pink glitter which I picked up in tubs from Mr. Price andHome Focus (Hickeys fabrics). Any regular craft glue will work to stick the glitter to the jars.
I used white and pink chalkboard markers on the glasses to decorate also. These will wipe off easily so good if you want to reuse the jars for another occasion and theme. Any good stationers should have these. I picked mine up from Mr.Price but have seen them in The Art & Hobby Store also. Edding calligraphy pens in gold and silver are really effective on glass (& name tags!) but permanent. My source was K&M Evans.
Tiger Stores festive ribbon was used to trim the tops of the jars.
I spray painted pine cones with gold spray as place card holders. Pick it up in any good art shop or hardware store. Pine cones can be foraged while out and about for a walk in parks and forests or pick them up in a florists. Applying glue to the tips and dipping it in loose glitter (see above) would look very effective also.
Place name cards were from Ikea. I did a modern calligraphy class with Ollie Studios and can highly recommend it!
Alternatively, use the silver and gold pens(mentioned above) to handwrite with or pick up a letter stamp set and ink (try Tiger Stores and Muji).
The Christmas crackers, hooters and felt Santas were from Mr. Price.
The ribbon used to wrap around napkins and the candy canes were from Tiger Stores. Twine works well here too. Include a bit of greenery in this also if liked.
OTHER TABLE DECORATIONS
The coloured Christmas trees, baubles and vintage cars were from Tiger Stores. Ok, I know you are dying to know where the joke glasses and headbands came from – there were from there too!
Thank you to everyone who came to the event and those that participated too! Remember what I said about ensuring Christmas isn’t about ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’ (now rampant on social media!) but about making it your own and doing what feels right for you and your family. Have a wonderful Christmas and happy tablescaping!
P.S. My recipe for the No-Bake chocolate biscuit cake Christmas pudding is here. Happy feasting!