Six Ways to Lay A Table: Playing & Styling with Paper.

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This week we raided the Roger la Borde gift wrap shelf to make some beautiful DIY tablescapes, showing that you don’t need fancy linens to make a statement!

In every shot we used the same basic crockery and glassware, and used a rustic wooden table as a backdrop – no tablecloths or runners. Instead, we used plenty of paper to create cut-out placemats, napkin rings, origami flowers and collage birds. Together with some fresh flowers and foliage (snipped from our back garden) we created six looks: Fresh Foliage, Romantic Roses, Moody Stripes, Dramatic Nature, playful geometrics, and Spring Pastels. Read on for lots of pictures and tips. Continue reading

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Wine & Washi Tape: A Taste Testing Party with a Twist

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What’s your favourite wine? Perhaps you have a preferred grape that you find yourself reaching for whenever you’re buying a bottle. Many of us claim to have a favourite, but a lot of the time we stick to old habits instead of experimenting with something new. I thought it would be fun to shake things up by throwing a wine tasting party…with a twist! At this party, the taste testing is done blind. Each guest brings their favourite bottle, which the host disguises so that no-one knows which bottle is which. It’s a simple idea and it’s a great way to enjoy some of the best things in life: Food, wine, and good friends.

My party was organised for six guests and, consequently, six bottles. (You’re not necessarily expected to finish the wine, ahem.) Read below for details, but the basic premise is as follows: Each guest has six glasses in front of them, one for each wine.  Guests are given a score card to record details about each wine. At the end of the evening, scores are tallied up, and the winning wine is revealed! You could even have a prize for the guest who brought the winning wine – perhaps a fabulous corkscrew. Continue reading