Winter is coming… Part 2 

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Christmas: the happiest day for all children (wise enough to wait until morning). But before Christmas day, it is Christmas Eve. It is more a family event than a party with friends, though in this day and age, we get to choose our family J.

f886709752aab251e2ba3fa56fe08c74Once again, you can prepare a lovely dinner and concoct a musical atmosphere (AC/DC is good but you should prefer some jazzy, low key tunes for this event). About the dinner; it is the time to be creative while keeping the favorite traditional comfort foods. Be spontaneous and add in a dish most people may never have thought to display. It is now appreciated and trendy to eat foods such as fish and seafood. You can do salmon, oysters, lobster, and other dishes the sea offers us. Speaking of eating differently, our French intern eats snails for Christmas; can you believe it? Why not try? If you prefer those succulent traditional birds, make sure you stuff them with apples and butter and of course, stuffing! Perfect traditional dinner! Maybe try venison, lamb, something new. Vegitarian? Tofurkey! Or some really awesome veggie platters. Corn casserole is always a favorite. So now you have the dinner and the music, is there something missing? YES: the table!

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Once again, the table is very important and is part of the full ambiance of the evening. Thinking of a table center is a way to express your artistic side again, you should keep a theme in mind, the result will be better. Don’t forget the candles, the flowers, you even can add fake snow (real snow tends to melt really fast you know), add place cards, and your most beautiful tableware on this special day. You should bet on a minimalist design, simple, with bright accents, maybe throw in some sequins and flashy objects (white & gold, or white & silver for example).

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Christmas day is now here; it is time to share presents and to wear your pajamas all day long! You can share brunch with your family (mimosas, bloody mary’s and screwdrivers!). It is perfect after the big Christmas Eve dinner. Brunch is cozy, not too serious, intimate, and the fact that you can drink before 3pm will delight everyone. If you don’t have any idea of which kind of food you should prepare for a brunch, do as simple as you can: some fruits, fruit juices, coffee, tea, bacon, eggs, avocados, muffins, toasts, jam, butter, maybe some turkey sandwiches (once again?), and some sweet deserts like the pie from last night. You can add some chill music, such as Amy Winehouse or Frank Sinatra, clear the table entirely form the night before, keep a couple of lively flowers and small pumpkins, but obviously this will be low key. The most important thing will be sharing this magical moment with your loved ones, and to enjoy the beauty of the simplicity of this day.

And, don’t forget that (winter is coming…). No seriously, don’t forget that SWANK is here to help you if you do not have the time to get through all the events this season has to offer, or if you need any advice, it’s our pleasure to help!

xoxo

The SWANK Team

Winter is coming… Part 1.

1-2   Whether you are a fan of Game of Thrones or not,  winter is coming, and with it come the holidays. It is now more than ever the time to gather around meals and the time to have pleasant moments with love ones. Many agree that this is one of the most important and beautiful times of the year. However, this can become stressful; the challenge is that the magical moment can quickly turn into disaster. But don’t worry, SWANK is here to help you get through this. First, our focus turns to Turkey (or tofurkey) Day.

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This is a great time to share your home with friends after a long and stressful year and to have a pleasant time with them. This year is your year to host a big dinner party by inviting everyone!

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The first advice we can give is not to skimp on food. Put on a great spread, and forget about diets! Cook some mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, dinner rolls, why not a pumpkin pie, and last but not least, the turkey! Remember when grandma left you her secret recipes? But that out! Get every ingredient you could possibly need so Dad doesn’t have to run out minutes before dinner; plus, Thanksgiving grocery stores are a total jungle!  You can even order things from your merchants to have them ready to pick up the day before Thanksgiving. If you don’t have the time to cook, to order your ingredients and everything, you can hire a personal chef for one night, too. Either way, your friends will be impressed and will go back home the belly full of turkey and the head full of memories.

2e2fdc20f27d81315dd321bdd74b19c6-2To make this moment even more beautiful, you should decorate your living place. The key to all ambiance is lots and lots of candles; it is cheap and super effective. You can choose little ones, big ones, cylindrical ones, round ones, buoyant ones in water/vases, and so on… You can be creative on your candle choice and use them as table centerpieces too. You can also add some freshly picked leafs, it will add an autumn touch, and absolutely have yams and pumpkins. We love vinery, goblets for wine, and make sure to bring out whatever you feel comfortable washing at the end of the night. Check out disposable nice plasticware. Your guests won’t even know it wasn’t china and you’ll be able to sit and watch A Christmas Story after dinner with them, too.

Things to remember: place cards are a perfect way to eliminate the hassle of who sits where. We know Aunt Cathy thinks Aunt Jan’s new boyfriend is a gold digger, so this way, they can’t give side eye all night because they are at complete opposite ends of the table! But don’t forget to leave enough places to put all the food on the table. Decoration is good, but not having places for the food can be a mistake. Now you are ready to host your best thanksgiving ever.

And, don’t forget that SWANK is here to help you if you don’t have the time to get through these big events on your own!