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  • My Party Essentials: Skye McAlpine

    There’s nothing we love more than a well-dressed table at Christmas time – something food writer Skye McAlpine agrees on. Her festive dining table is decorated with hand-painted crockery, lit by sparkling candlelight and adorned with her delicious home-cooked dishes. On her list is a pair of party shoes for post-dinner dancing, and a personalised gift for guests to take home.  


    Peggy Bowl On Stand£170

    “I love decorating my table with piles of fruit, as well as flowers. This footed bowl is perfect for filling with plums, walnuts and pears.”

    Pentreath & Hall

    Granny Apple Dinner Candles Set of 12£18

    “These table candles come in all the colours of the rainbow, but my favourites are the ones in soft-pastel green and pink. Everything looks better by candlelight.”


    Eco-Friendly Mistletoe Christmas Crackers Set of Six£28

    “It’s not a Christmas party without a box of crackers. I buy simple ones and then dress them up with velvet ribbons from VV Rouleaux.

    Chiarastella Cattana

    Cordonetto Napkin£15

    “Good linen napkins are such a luxury on any table. I have an ever-growing collection of linens and am currently obsessing over these ones with their rainbow-hued trim.”


    Fiona Corsini Monogram Canape Plate£8

    “Colourful, decorative plates will dress up the table. I love these floral designs by Fiona Corsini for Anthropologie.

    The Vintage List

    Set of Six Crystal Champagne Coupes with Stars Design£75

    “These vintage-inspired glasses are lovely for wine, as well as Champagne. I love how delicate they are… and the tiny stars are perfect for Christmas.”

    Nikki Tibbles

    Snowflake Wreath£60

    “A beautiful wreath hanging over the front door sets a festive tone from the moment you arrive home.”

    Fortnum & Mason

    Elvas Plums, 320g£16.95

    “Sugar plums to decorate the Christmas table. I love putting out small plates of sweets and chocolates – it feels so spoiling and festive, and everyone just helps themselves.”

    Charlotte Tilbury

    Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask£60

    “With all the festive madness, I get so rundown at this time of year, so I love these masks for an instant pick-me-up.”

    Skye McAlpine

    A Table in Venice: Recipes From My Home£26

    “I love to gift books because I think it’s something that you treasure. This year, I’m giving my cookbook, A Table in Venice, with a little handwritten note inside for everyone to take home.”

    Charlotte Olympia

    Amelia Rose Pumps£575

    “I love the red roses on these party shoes – they feel Christmassy without being too much…”



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