I hope that everyone, wherever you are in the world, had a peaceful and happy Christmas Day! Although we were a little sad that our younger daughter, Mlle Chic Fille, couldn’t be with us to join in the festivities this year, we had a wonderful celebration with our elder daughter, La Chic Maman, her husband and their little daughter La Petite, along with some very good friends.
Since it tends to be quite hot here at Christmas, we have taken to having our main meal on Christmas Eve so that we can enjoy the traditional turkey, ham and all the trimmings al fresco under a pleasant night sky. This year was no exception – we had a beautiful clear evening with a cooling breeze and Monsieur Le Chic managed via his Sonos system to tune in to Berlin Radio where we listened to Christmas records and songs as we ate under the stars (well, under a vine & ivy clad pergola next to an English climbing rose).
With all the preparations I had not given much thought to laying the table so an hour or so before our first guests were due to arrive I suddenly realised the table was bare! I quickly added a white tablecloth, used the beautiful floral arrangement sent by my mother-in-law as the table centrepiece and then added some finishing touches. Whilst hunting for my deep red Christmas charger plates, which I eventually located at the back of my dresser, I found some pretty sparkling glitter balls and filled an old glass jar with them. Next I placed a pretty white lantern on the table and a silver candle holder and finally used the charming crystal napkin holders I had bought for La Chic Maman’s wedding in July to wrap up the serviettes. Voila…table sorted!
Finally we started the evening as we always do for special occasions with a glass of champagne.. a welcome chance to relax and unwind after a very hectic and busy time!
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year too and looking forward to your company again in 2015!
Cheers, Santé, Prost!
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