List 1 THE MENU What's on the menu?
In Sydney it is somewhat governed by the weather as well as family. It has been unusual weather in Sydney to put it mildly. No more time to ponder, it'll be great weather and I'm going for Seafood. It's all that more enjoyable if you plan well in advance. I've looked up the opening times of the Sydney Fish Market from December 17th to January 2nd and there are many options. I found this article which is also worth reading about buying seafood at Christmas. Decide what you and your guests enjoy. Does anybody have any allergies? Worthwhile checking this before you start. How many courses will be enjoyable? Time for a coffee to write down some initial ideas for the menu, Cocktails? Oysters? Prawns? Smoked Salmon? Moreton Bay Bugs? Whole Fish? Lobster? Pudding? Christmas Cake? Gingerbread? Chocolates? Champagne? Wine? Liqueurs? Coffee?
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List 2 The Table
I made a list of everything that I would need before I started this and a colour scheme was the first decision that I had to make. I love RED and this will always be part of any Christmas decor, but you can only achieve this as a feature colour if you have a separate dining room or if you clearly define the areas within an open space. I like to create a colour story for the tree and for me it's RED with Gold. You might want to choose silver and white or go for multi coloured bright colours? Once you've assembled the tree and it's placed in the best vantage place in the room, start with placing the small fairy lights towards the back of the branches so as to allow for the decorations to be hung on the end of the branches. Some people like clear or white lights but I've gone all out with red lights. Drape the Gold beading before starting your arrangement of the baubles. A box of gold baubles in all shapes and sizes is a good basic decoration to start with ad then spot the red decorations around the baubles. I have chosen a set of Red Santas in different sizes, a collection of red stars and a variety of Harrods Christmas Bears. Every year I buy a special ornament for the tree to add to the collection. My favourite purchases include a gorgeous tree skirt which adds that finishing touch to the tree and individual stockings from Harrods. The Topper is a gold star. Last night I watched a programme on Foxtel with Sarah Richardson on her decorating secrets for Christmas and it was inspirational. You don't have to copy her ideas, but it certainly sparked my creativity.
The menu is decided. The tree is decorated and I can envisage the table. Three things crossed off the list. The Harrods Christmas Organiser is on my wish list. It will look great on the entrance table.
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