The festive season is fast approaching, and with it comes excitement but it can also be stressful planning it all. It doesn’t matter how old you are though; there will always be something about Christmas to get excited about. Whether you are looking forward to your favourite Christmas film or you’re just running low on socks, the festive period has something for everyone.
One thing that everybody loves about Christmas is, of course, the food. If you’re hosting this Christmas and you could do with some tips, this post could be for you. Today we are going to take a look at some great tips on how you can host your festive feast with style and a conscience.
Buy Local, Buy Fresh
The festive season is all about generosity and helping others. One of the best ways to do this is to support your local economy and buy from local small businesses. At Christmas, local businesses face a more significant challenge than any other time of year. Even though people spend billions of pounds a year at Christmas time not enough people spend it at small businesses.
While small businesses cannot always compete with the prices given by larger stores and supermarkets, the quality often just doesn’t compare.
You’re probably saving money, using less plastic and let’s not forget about your carbon footprint. All of this adds up when shopping and buying local has many benefits including being better for the environment and the economy.
Nowadays a lot of people are fooled into thinking they are getting super fresh fruit and vegetables from the fresh section of the supermarket. This, of course, is not true. The reality is that the fruit and veg you have access to is a lot older than you think. For example, most supermarket apples are around 12 months old.
So if you want the very best flavour this Christmas, visiting your local greengrocers or farmers market can not only support your local community, it can also make your food taste so much better.
Make The Table Look Great
One of the most obvious steps when it comes to hosting a festive feast with style is getting the table right. There are so many ways to make it look great without single use plastic and throw away items.
Firstly you need a tablecloth and maybe a table runner as a good base for your table. If you are going to have a lot of people seated, you will definitely need restaurant quality tablecloths, these tablecloths can generally handle any stain and they also give your table a really nice start for your place settings.
Dinnerware & Cutlery – Say NO To Plastic
Most people have a white or cream dinner set which goes with everything and will make a great place setting, you don’t have to buy a new set. But if you did want to buy a new festive set just make sure you use it every year then donate it if you didn’t want it anymore.
Cutlery you can use what you already have as long as it matches but a gold set would look festive and you could use it all year round. There are so many different colours and styles available these days and cutlery has become a huge part of a table setting. A nice cutlery set really adds something to your table.
There’s so many natural things you can use which look great and aren’t wasteful like branches, pine cones, baubles, led lights and candles, ribbons, fruit, dried orange slices, cinnamon sticks, slices of wood, plants, cookies, jars & candles.
We create 30 per cent more rubbish than usual at this time of year, using and throwing away more than 300,000 tonnes of card.
There are still so many other things you can do which are good for environment and make your table look stunning. Matching cutlery, a decorative centrepiece, cloth napkins, wine glass charms, and for a final touch of style, you could make some cute personal place cards.
There are so many great ideas for place cards that look really nice but are also earth-friendly. You could use recycled card, ribbons, leaves, wood, slate, cookies, to name a few. There’s tons of ideas on Pinterest for this and Christmas in general.
Now, while it may be controversial, the one thing you don’t want at your table is Christmas crackers, let’s be honest, they generally make one pop and then end up clogging up a landfill somewhere.
The key to hosting a festive feast with style is all in the details. While Christmas can generally be a time of overdoing things if you want to add a touch of sophistication to your Christmas feast but keep things simple and eco friendly you can still have a gorgeous table with the basics: tablecloth, cutlery and dining set.
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I hope you enjoyed this guide and found it useful. Let’s all take little steps to care for our environment and live more consciously this Christmas!
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