James Treble knows how to live the life. He’s a work-hard-play-hard kind of guy. Plus, he’s got a pretty sweet eye for décor and design.
So, we thought we’d tap his grey matter for tips on Christmas entertaining!!
For JT, Christmas is… relishing the handmade with loved ones.
JT’s fave Christmas palette is… blue and white mixed with silver. He advises selecting a limited palette and repeating it. But don’t let this restrict you!
“I think that red and green is a bit done,” he says. “My family like to change colours each year. My daughter picked pink and orange this year. Next year it’s going to be teal and burgundy – we’ve already decided. We re-spray the baubles for a personal touch.”
Christmas dinner chez JT:
“We have ham because we always had ham, and prawns… but we let go of roast meats when I was about eight. Oh – and lots of salads. I love a pumpkin, beetroot and fetta salad for all the festive colours. And I make a mean German potato salad. And, of course, champagne!”
When it comes to entertaining, James says more is more – loads of plates of food in a mix of hot and cold. “I don’t want to be a slave to the kitchen, so I put the time in with the preparations and then it’s just about serving and plating it up!”
We’re hearing you!
All the table-setting tips you need
Mix and match your dinner sets for beautiful colour contrasts. Repeat the metallic tones of your cutlery in your décor accents for festive charm. Gold or fine bone china napkin holders raise it above the everyday. It’s a celebration! Add a little finery.
“I think a white dinner set is the best investment. White is the new white, if you know what I mean. You can pair it with green for St Patrick’s Day, with red for Christmas + Chinese New Year, or with florals for feminine elegance. White also works with stripes and patterns. Have a bit of fun! Personalise your look. It makes your table interesting to the eye.”
To cloth or not to cloth
For JT, a rustic wooden or urban-industrial table adds to the vibe. For JT, it comes back to buying clever basic pieces that translate across all occasions.
“I’m not a fan of tablecloths. I prefer placemats – then you can see the beauty of the knotting in the timber, the burnished wood. It’s practical without being precious!”
Add a little curious to your centrepieces
JT advises a bit of daring here. Rather than going straight to cut-flowers, why not try unusual vegetables or fruits to adorn your table.
“Custard apples, aubergines and tropical fruits are all intriguing in shape and aesthetically beautiful. Potted colour is also great. You can enjoy it on your table and then return it to your balcony!”
But whether it’s candles or a collection of citrus, check out your eye lines. It’s all about the conversation. Don’t make it difficult for your guests. Think about the height!
JT’s tip for getting the kids involved:
“You can make biscuits for tie-on Christmas tree ornaments that double as gifts for your guests when they leave.”
That’s a bit cute!
And lastly, the icing on the Christmas pud
“Dress up your look with fine glassware, a decorative cake-stand, an elegant ice-bucket,” JT says, “those heirloom items that have been passed down from generation to generation. Christmas is a time for looking back… it’s a time for reflection.”
Here! Here! JT! You nailed it. 🙂