As we approach the Christmas season, thoughts of sharing a luxurious dinner with all our loved ones around the table begin to drift in.
Hampshire-based furniture designer, Oxenwood believes that there is nothing more special than gathering around a table to share delicious food and make memories with loved ones – what better time to do that than at Christmas.
To celebrate the festive season, and help make Christmas 2021 more magical than any other, Charlie Alexander, founder of Oxenwood, shares his top five tips for bringing all your loved ones together for a Christmas celebration they will remember for a lifetime.
1. Design a seasonal tablescape
A beautifully thought-out Oxenwood table setting will set the scene for a luxurious festive experience, giving your Christmas dinner a festive backdrop. Plan the colour theme and design, taking inspiration from seasonal cues, whether that’s traditional winter florals or contemporary metallics. Bring a touch of nature to the table with dried flowers, berries or seasonal foliage from your garden and create warm and natural lighting with delicate candlesticks, or pillar candles.
2. Enjoy an impressive outdoor festive feast
Winter scenery truly adds to the vision of a traditional Christmas, so why not host dinner outdoors? For a less traditional Christmas, gather around an Oxenwood outdoor table to enjoy a meal or some fizz in the winter sun surrounded by frost-topped flowerbeds. An Oxenwood outdoor kitchen brings you into the heart of the conversation as you cook so you don’t miss out on socialising – no more hours lost in the kitchen! Oxenwood’s outdoor kitchens are crafted with the very best materials for luxurious alfresco dining, using solid premium grade oak and Belgian bluestone. Keep guests warm with heaters, reindeer pelts and mulled wine and create ambience as the day fades into night with pillar candles, lanterns and fairy lights draped across trees and arches.
3. Select an exquisite Christmas menu
Christmas is the time for luxury, so pull out all the stops and treat your family to a festive feast they will never forget. Add a touch of extravagance to each course, incorporating a sense of traditionalism with something special for everyone. Begin with a tantalising amuse bouche and frothy cocktails, serving elegant blinis with Ossetra caviar and espresso martinis. Follow with a starter of fragrant roasted fennel, or a parmesan and truffle mushroom souffle. Your showstopping main course should be the focal point of the table, accompanied by vibrant vegetable dishes, red wine gravy and the ever-coveted homemade cranberry sauce. Dazzle your guests with a selection of puddings, such as an eye-catching trifle displayed in a glass serving bowl for the traditionalists, or a tempting dark chocolate and praline tart for a modern treat.
4. A striking focal point for your guests to gather
Christmas is all about bringing everyone together, so having an Oxenwood table large enough to seat all your guests comfortably is essential. If you’re picturing everyone squeezed in and knocking elbows, then it may be time to invest in a new table in time for the festive season. More than just a place to eat, dining tables are also for relaxing and blissfully whiling away the hours in the company of your close friends and family following a meal. This precious experience is known as ‘sombremesa’ by the Spanish and captures the essence of what Oxenwood is about. No what matter what size group you wish to entertain, Oxenwood tables are made to order, so can accommodate the whole family. The tables also improve with age, providing the perfect setting for celebrations for years to come.
5. Create an elegant open bar at home
Design a stylish home bar area where your guests can happily help themselves to a selection of festive cocktails and some classic whiskeys, brandies and ports. A home bar is an impressive talking point and can be set up either indoors or outdoors on a classic bar, countertop, or table. Add a hint of retro with a stylish drinks cart to store your bottles and glasses, incorporating a few subtle decorations to the bar display to give the finishing festive touch. Use your finest glassware, with fresh, homegrown rosemary and mint to garnish.
For luxury design inspiration to help you find the perfect table for your family to gather around this Christmas, visit the Oxenwood website at www.oxenwood.co.uk.