Christmas entertaining should be two things: fun & stress-free. Forget carefully planned menus with multiple courses & spending all evening stuck in the kitchen. This Christmas it’s all about keeping it simple. A help-yourself take on dining, a pared-back theme and some retro embellishments are all you need to make it your best Christmas dinner party yet. Just ask award-winning bloggers David & Mark from Forward Features. Welcome to the ‘70s…
Think of the murky yet opulent party house from the movie Boogie Nights, pair it with the kitsch blue and white of Boney M’s music video looks, and you’ll see where the interior experts drew their inspiration from. Something completely removed from everyday Christmas decor, and it works in all the right ways.
Embracing their motto that ‘life is too short for bad canapés’, the duo chose a casual help-yourself vibe to entertaining, but this didn’t mean compromising on a show-stopping table setting. For a sophisticated sparkle, they layered the Quartz dinnerware collection from A by Amara with the striking Broadway cutlery set in black. And to finish, they placed everything on Metallic Acid placemats that seemed to shimmer like snowflakes.
They stacked tree ornaments in LSA’s Bonbon jar, choosing to mix and match between different colors and finishes to make every individual element pop. And in a nod to their retro theme, glittering disco ornaments sat prettily in nostalgic Ripple champagne saucers.
For a more brazen approach to their ‘70s theme they went all out with accessories. The iconic designs of Bella Freud made an appearance in the form of her 1970s pillow, and the peace sign from Seletti provided the perfect backdrop to their help-yourself bar area.
The final finishing touches came in the form of flickering tealights in Frogmore votives, a scattering of deep blue ornaments and a fluffy Tibetan sheepskin rug that bought tactile textures to the overall scheme.
The (literal) crowning glory was the Seletti crown that was placed on the bloggers’ beloved vintage bust. Proving everything can be given a little festive makeover with the right accessories.