The modern Christmas table

Christmas is definitely coming to my house… We’re whipping up the actual Christmas dinner this year (eek!) and I’ve wanted to make the house feel really Christmassy and the table super glam and festive without being a Christmas cliche. Enter, Next and their amazing circular pom pom trimmed placemats. They look awesome against a bit of kitsch tinsel and some snazzy matching beer bottles with some stand out branding. Yellow is definitely a fresh colour to give to Christmas, I think it’s quite unusual but works really well with gold which is obviously a classic.

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My top 5 festive picks from Bella Italia

We’ve all seen Jamie’s Italian Christmas from 2000-whatever and thought that adding Italian flavours to Christmas delights was an amazing idea. Yuhuh, we did. And, you might have seen my Very Important Bella announcement last month all about the delicious work I’ll be getting up to with Bella Italia so it’s about time for another instalment. Say hello to Christmas at Bella and I have five amazing dishes to tell you about. They have a pretty extensive Christmas menu where you can have 2 courses for £17.99 or a tasty 3 courses for £19.99 but here are my favourite dishes on their festive menu.

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Christmas Inspired Grilled Cheese + Win a Handmade Reclaimed Wood Serving Board

Christmas is officially a month today so I’m getting prepped by already having festive inspired sandwiches for lunch! Why not? Basically adding turkey and cranberry sauce to a standard ham and cheese toastie equals festive vibes and it is seriously tasty and exactly what’s on the menu for a weekend lunch. I’m also here to celebrate this absolutely amazing chopping board / serving board from independent online retailer, based in Devon, Vincent Trading.

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17 Independent and Local Christmas Ideas

This Christmas I’m trying to buy as many presents as I can from local and independent sellers as opposed to the mega-big retailers that I usually buy from. I want to buy more thoughtful and good quality items.  And, I think it’s so great to make an independent seller happy by giving them a sale. And, more often than not their products are so awesome and not something you’d usually find on the high street.

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Thorntons Christmas Delights

A super quick but super yummy post for you all this week. Thorntons were lovely enough to invite me down to their new Intu Victoria Centre shop this week for a quick whizz round the bijou store and a whistle-stop tour of their Christmas collection. Obviously, it was chocolate so I was more than happy to pop down after work and the staff were so lovely, kind and helpful and the products are so cute that I just wanted to share a little Christmassy joy.

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“Sweatpants are all that fits me right now.”

Disclaimer, before we get into this post. This is 100% a post that is only, and I mean it, only about a new sassy pair of sweatpants and a trip to Nando’s. So, if it’s a thought provoking, clickable, readable post that you’re after and you don’t want to hear about the new Nando’s pitta, leave now. I am chilling the hell out over Christmas and popping out the odd cute little post about what I’m up to and that’s about it. Of course I’m thinking about posts for the new year but I definitely don’t want to use all of my *incredible* ideas before January hits so, here’s a super simple insight into my life recently. It’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow and the last thing we all need is stress and opinions so, here’s a blog post about chicken and elasticated waistbands.

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5 thoughts about 2017

Let’s just get into it, it’s the end of the year (but, actually how?!), and we’ve probably all got thoughts about the previous year and wishes for the year to come. I’ve definitely not thought about 2018 yet if I’m totally honest, apart from my resolution to actually use my 1 million recipe books that I have sitting on my Billy bookcase. Instead, I’ve been thinking about 2017 and what’s been going on this year. Here are 5 thoughts from yet another year that’s flown by.

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Enjoying #Fishmasdinner with Loch Fyne

Loch Fyne’s latest campaign is all about Fish-tivities and trying something a little different this Christmas for your festive celebrations. Obviously turkey dinners are super traditional and delicious but, during December, I’m sure we all get a little bit *done* with them when they make an appearance almost every week during the run up to the big day!

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