Jenni’s Table x Roger la Borde: A Christmas Lunch Party

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For this blog post, you’ll be joining the Roger la Borde team for our annual Christmas lunch! It’s great fun when my day-to-day life as Creative Director of Roger la Borde overlaps with what we do here on Jenni’s Table.

While many of our posts feature decorating ideas and vignettes we’ve styled up for you, this post features a real party in action, complete with table decorations, food and drinks…and friends! For our party of 15, I kept things simple and colourful. With a magenta table runner as a backdrop, I added clusters of pink and white flowerheads and sprigs of festive red berries. Lots of tall candles and brightly coloured glassware made the table feel rich and warm, while a handful of sparkling Christmas tree ornaments sealed the deal. Continue reading

‘Tis the Season: Salt-Snow and Succulents!

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Today’s tablescape is thoroughly festive, but it’s also refreshingly unconventional. Sparkling salt crystals, Cactus Christmas ‘trees’ and cotton snowballs, anyone? Oh, and don’t forget the velvet stag!

I love decorating for Christmas, but this year I wanted to step away from my usual favourites: Golds, jewel tones, and earthy, woodland themes. I went to Columbia Road Flower Market for inspiration, and found plenty of it! There were large trays of cute little cacti – twenty pots of them – selling for just ten pounds: Perfect!  I also bought a few larger potted succulents, and several bunches of cotton…which got me thinking about snow. Several containers of table salt and glass animal baubles later, and this tablescape came to life. Read on for my tips for making your own display. Continue reading

London Shopping: Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays

2015_12_03-JennisTable-columbiaroad-xmas-008We’ve visited Columbia Road before, but at Christmas this East London street transforms into something else altogether.

Lined with 50+ independent shops, Columbia Road is a haven for people who want their shopping experience to be… an experience. Aside from the bustling flower market that dominates the street on Sundays, there’s a focus on unusual homewares and quirky fashion that makes Columbia Road a destination at any time of the year. However, during December, the stores open for late night shopping every Wednesday night, and the street lights up both literally and metaphorically. You’ll find mulled wine and cider, mince pies and gingerbread, Christmas carols, Christmas tree sellers and, of course, shopping. Here are this year’s highlights from the first Christmas Wednesday. Continue reading

Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Good Things!

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow! As a Londoner, I’ll happily take any opportunity to gather my nearest and dearest for dinner!

Having lived in the US, I’ve come to really love Thanksgiving food and traditions. However, this post is not about recipes; if you want to cook the perfect turkey or pecan pie you’ll have to look elsewhere (and then come back and tell me! I’d love to hear your recipes). Instead, this post is about creating a cosy Thanksgiving ambience and a bountiful tablescape in your dining room: I was inspired by the idea of a Cornucopia, ‘a symbol of abundance and nourishment… overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts.’ I took this idea and ran with it.  Continue reading

Halloween Drinks Party: Sophisticated Spookiness!

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Halloween is this Saturday! Here’s how to throw a themed drinks party without a plastic ornament in sight. In fact, you won’t even need to carve a pumpkin.

If you visit a supermarket this week, you’ll be confronted with a sea of Halloween decorations in classic colours: orange, black, deep purple and green. This colour palette was the inspiration for this post…but instead of stocking up on plastic props, I created a spooky party spread using lots of natural ornaments. Read on for tips on hosting your own rustic, sophisticated and perfectly seasonal party. Continue reading

Humpday Happiness: Blazing Autumn.

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One Humpday Post about Autumn colours is not enough! How could I resist the amazingly saturated red of these gorgeous berries? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post – they feature prominently.

Humpday Happiness is a weekly feature on Jenni’s Table. Think of it as a little Wednesday treat to help you through your week!