So how was your Christmas and New Years everyone? I hope you had a fantastic day surrounded by your friends and family eating, drinking and being merry! Before we get stuck into the New Year and it's resolutions I want to share a recap of my Christmas Day with you all :)
Let's start with the food, everyone brings dishes to share which makes it so much easier when there are just a few to prepare - Mr P and I did the starters which were an antipasto platter, cheese board and BBQ prawns and mussels. I made some bocconcini, tomato and basil skewers I displayed on a stunning glass plate given to me by Marguerite Dore for my Christmas table and a separate post is coming about her products soon.
I didn't do my prawn starter as it was going to be too expensive to make for almost 30 people but in the end I spent it on the other starter dishes so I probably should have made it anyway! I peeled and marinated the prawns overnight in garlic, chilli, oil, salt and pepper and cooked on the BBQ simple and delicious. We had 2 BBQ Webers fired up at 8am in the morning and cooked a big turkey which we stuffed with apple, cranberry and macadamian nut stuffing and in the other Weber we did a big roast pork with lots of crackle. Unfortunately we got a bit distracted with a dozen people in the kitchen and burnt the pork crackle .... that was probably the biggest drama of the day!
I'm so glad my parents came over early to help, they arrived when I'd just gotten out the shower and dressed, the kitchen was a mess covered in breadcrumbs and dishes everywhere as we were madly trying to stuff the turkey and get it in the Weber! My lovely Mum helped me with the antipasto platter she even came prepared with tomatoes cut like flowers, curled spring onions and plenty of fresh herbs for garnishes. My Dad was outside with Mr P installing the mister kits under the patio, setting up the ping pong and other manly duties. I'm so blessed to have such awesome parents thanks Mum and Dad!
Once all the food was ready we laid it out buffet style inside on the dining room table and everyone came and filled their plates and their bellies. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the main food but I did manage a few of the delicious desserts ... trifle, layered ice cream, fruit salad, plum pudding with brandy and custard.
Now for my favourite part - the decorating! The backyard and patio got a big makeover and tidy up as we were going to spend our day al fresco. For the tables I had a red, white and silver colour theme which I found really easy to work with. Anything I could do ahead of time like prepare the cutlery by tying ribbon around them, washing and folding the napkins, etc I did in the days beforehand. I got heaps of table decorating ideas and inspiration from my Pinterest and decorated the tables the day before so I could take my time without rushing ... it took me about 3 hours in the end and I'm really happy with them ... relaxed, fun and festive!
We had 13 kids and 14 adults so 27 people all up and trying to fit them all under the patio on one big table proved a bit difficult so we decided to set up 4 separate tables instead. The 3 trestle tables I borrowed as well as the chairs, the black wicker table and chairs set I already had.
The 2 kids tables I set with red table cloths and then ran striped wrapping paper down them to act as place mats and add some colour and fun.
For the 2 adults tables I set with red table cloths and used fabric table runners and napkins, this one had a red theme with a white table runner. My silver cake stand made a good holder for candles, ceramic balls and beads.
The other adults table had a red and striped table runner and I put my shiny silver deer and decorations along the runner.
The drinks table I set up with my new glass drink dispenser I got for $40 from Thingz Living there were heaps to choose from but I liked this one because the stand means it doesn't need to sit on the end of a table for the tap to work and also there's a really good seal on the lid - I filled this with water, lemon slices and ice but I can see myself making a few party punch mixes in it in the not to distant future! I made a big jug of Pimms and cranberry cocktail which was mixed with slices of orange, lemon, apple and mint and in the fridge ready and I just poured into cups with ice, topped up with lemonade and a cucumber stick it was a perfect summer drink I'll be making it again for sure.
I love the patio pimping decorations the paper flowers and bunting they really brightened up the area and made our rusty old patio look festive and fun. It was a bistro style set up with the tables and chairs which worked really well for a big group, we all fit comfortably and there was plenty of room to sit around, do our Secret Santa, eat, drink and be merry!
To keep cool we set up a mister spray kit on the edge of the patio which was plugged into the hose and let out a light spray of water. We also had a big fan plugged in to circulate the air. But the swimming pool was the biggest hit with most of the kids and teens jumping in to cool off and we have used it almost every day since, I can see us using it heaps this Summer.
So that was our Christmas Day it started off a little frantic trying to get everything ready but once the starters and the main was served we could relax with a few glasses of wine and enjoy the day with our family. And I can rest assured I won't be hosting Christmas again for at least another 5 years!
So how was your Christmas Day?
Were you the host or did you go somewhere?
[All images my own]