I’m sure I’m not the only one to feel that these last few days before Christmas are the lull before the storm. In a few days time all the children will be home and the house will be filled to the brim with music, laughter, good food, champagne, wrapping paper and happy dogs.
I’m loving the build up, the preparations, the baking, choosing gifts, making beds, filling the fridge. The house will feel like it used to before we were empty nesters, because we are at that stage where nobody has got married yet, so they still come home.
And in this final week, with the house decorated, it’s nice to see a few friends too, for quiet pre-christmas dinners. I don’t want to feel like we are having rehearsal dinners for Christmas, and I like to keep the colours softer and more muted.
I saw these anemones at my local florist, I love anemones in the winter, especially these white buds with black hearts. I popped them in an antique Wedgewood vase, with some foliage from the garden and a few silver baubles to look more festive. A grey linen cloth, and old grey on cream plates, and the table is set. Simple but pretty.
I hope you’re enjoying the lead up to Christmas and looking forward to a fine dose of festive mayhem in your homes too.