Christmas Table Setting

Christmas Table Setting

Christmas Day is almost here, and how utterly fabulous has this festive season been?! Today (as it’s almost Christmas) is just a super chilled post with some Christmas Table Setting inspiration. You all know I love a bit of festive decorating, and that includes the table setting.

Maybe you’re in charge of your Christmas table this year. Or perhaps you’re not bothered by setting your own table, but like looking at other peoples (I am totally with you on that one). Either way, here are some pics of the setting I did for our early Christmas meal with Euan’s family before his parents left for Australia earlier this month.

I’ll be styling our Christmas Day table the same way too, but don’t have pics of that yet (obvs!).

Christmas Table Setting – Golds & Ivory

You’ll know from my Instagram that my general decor theme for Christmas in my house is red, but not for the table styling! This year I’m going for golds & ivory, with a hint of green. And lots (and lots) of candles!

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When styling a table (or anything for that matter!), I always stick with one metallic and work the colours around it. So in this case I went for gold, and matched it with ivory/marble/greenery. I never mix metallics as you can lose the overall ‘look’, and it just doesn’t flow as nicely!

Christmas table setting Lila Bailey blog
Christmas table setting Lila Bailey blog

Do you make an effort with your Christmas table? If so, what colours are you going for this year? Let me know!

Helpful Links

In case you liked the look of some bits from those pics, I’ve linked most items below… All very affordable!

Cutlery

Charger Plates

Dinner Plates

Napkins

Table Runner

Ivy Garland

Tea light Holders

Candlesticks

Wine Glasses

Pillar Candle Vase

Gin Bottles

And for more festive posts, check out my Christmas category!

Kidney Bean Cake – Gluten Free Christmas Baking

Kidney Bean Cake – Gluten Free Christmas Baking

I know, sounds weird (super weird), but I promise it isn’t as weird as it sounds! I wanted to make an effort to do some Christmas baking this year. Of course gingerbread men & mince pies are next on my list, but I fancied making a cake. But not just any cake. A festive, gluten-free, kidney bean cake, with raspberry & white chocolate. What could go wrong?

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IGTV

So I originally wanted to post the method as an IGTV, but sadly Instagram won’t let me… But instead I’ve uploaded the video clips to my stories & I will save them in my highlights. Head over to my Instagram page to have a watch!

Kidney Bean Cake – The Ingredients

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You will need…

  • 1 tin of kidney beans (400g)
  • 100g of gluten free plain flour
  • 50g of cocoa powder
  • 75g of coconut oil (if you aren’t a fan, butter is fine)
  • 125g of brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 250g of raspberries
  • 1 bar of white chocolate
  • Icing sugar & other items to decorate

Kidney Bean Cake – The Method

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Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 20″ baking tin.

Use a blender to blend the kidney beans into a smooth paste-like texture. Then, measure out the rest of your ingredients (apart from the chocolate & raspberries) and add it all into a mixing bowl.

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Mix well until all the ingredients have combined, then add the raspberries. Gently stir the raspberries into the mixture, and add around 3/4s of the white chocolate (breaking it into small chunks as you add).

Pour the ingredients into your baking tin and bake for 25 minutes.

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The Decorating

Leave the cake to cool for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, melt the rest of the white chocolate.

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Roughly coat the top of the cake with the chocolate (I found a teaspoon the easiest way to do this), and add your decoration!

For my cake I used edible sugar holly leaves & berries and lightly dusted the top with icing sugar. But you can be even more creative, or just leave it with the melted chocolate!

decorated gluten free christmas cake kidney beans raspberry cake

Alternatives

Of course, this cake will work just as well with ordinary plain flower. You can also use butter instead of coconut oil, and milk-free chocolate if you want it to be dairy free too! Why not get creative and try different berries, or even dark chocolate?

Are you doing any Christmas baking this year? Tempted to try this cake? Let me know!

And don’t forget to take a look at the rest of my festive blog posts!

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Festive Decorating at Lila Bailey HQ

Festive Decorating at Lila Bailey HQ

FESTIVE DECORATING AT LILA BAILEY HQ

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… (It really really is!). I absolutely love Christmas (just in case you hadn’t noticed). Not just Christmas Day either, I love the whole build up from late November right through to celebrating New Year and all the festivities in between. One of the first things I do to feel christmassy is stick a rocking Christmas playlist on and decorate! Last year was our very first Christmas in our own home which made it was super super special, but this year is even better because we’ve finally got our flat pretty much how we want it (more to come on that later…), so it feels even more like home.

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Festive decorating is an all-day event, starting with purchasing & decorating the Christmas tree (video below), followed by decorating the rest of the house! Because of our living room & kitchen colour schemes, I stick with a simple ‘red & white’ theme for the tree as it ties the whole room together as one.

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I don’t like to go OTT with Christmas decor as there is a fine line between beautifully festive and superbly tacky… I stick with a few go-to additions, including (a lot of) festive bunting, christmas blankets (as sofa accessories, naturally), jars of candy canes, handmade decorative stockings, ornamental hanging things (the technical term…), and lots (and lots) of candles. There is always a place for a small amount of tinsel (on the television, for example) but I don’t like too much as I do think it can really cheapen the look of a room.

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As I work from home, making sure my house is festively decorated is an essential part of my ability to focus during this period… (It is, honest!).

 

The Finishing Touch

To me, it’s just not Christmas without a wreath on the front door! Luckily, one of my very good friends happens to be a florist (handy) and runs Christmas wreath making workshops throughout early December. This year her & I had a one-to-one wreath making (and coffee drinking, gossiping) session and this was the result!

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It brightens up the hallway and brings a bit of festive cheer as soon as you walk through the door!

 

Links

Below is our Christmas tree expedition in video form, and also a link to Kat’s (florist friend) beautiful website…

 

Milli Fleur

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