Holidays

Ideas For Your Festive Dining Table

There’s nothing more enjoyable than bringing your home to life with a bit of festive spirit. Our signature luxury French-style furniture works perfectly as a starting point for an elegant dinner party, but on Christmas Day you may want to go a step further.

Make your dining table the centrepiece of your decorations this year with some of our fabulous accessories and tableware as well as more great ideas to impress your guests.

Christmas Tree Jar

From water to wine

Your glassware will be one of the most noticeable features on any Christmas dining table. We have some spectacular Gold Base Water Glasses which really add some elegance to any table, with plenty of matching gold and silver wine glasses, champagne flutes and even Martini glasses. As long as these are colour-coordinated with the rest of your tableware, they’ll look much more impressive and festive than plain, everyday glassware.

Gold Swirl Wine Glasses

Keep your cool

 

The best way to make sure Christmas doesn’t get too stressful? Make sure everyone has plenty of chilled drinks to keep them entertained! There’s nothing more luxurious than having one of our impressive Oval Champagne Coolers on standby at the table, or the sleek Wine Cooler With Bamboo Handles complete with gold detailing.

 

Oval Champagne Cooler

Dish of the day

 

To serve your treats and appetisers in style this Christmas, our glossy ceramic dishes are available in a variety of fun festive shapes. Choose from our reindeer or Christmas tree designs in bright white or subtle taupe, ideal for the dining table, kitchen, or any surface that can be used to serve snacks!

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Golden rules

 

To keep your tableware consistent and smart yet festive at the same time, we really love a gold theme. From our boxed Gold Cutlery Set to our Gold Steel Napkin Rings, we have everything you need to make sure all your decorations and dining essentials make your Christmas table a shining example.

Cutlery Set

You can view our full range of classic and contemporary Christmas tableware to find even more inspiration. We’re sure you’ll find everything you need to make your home look truly special and inviting in time for your guests to arrive on the big day.

Christmas Cocktails

Tis the season to open your home bar and enjoy festive drinks with your friends and family. Here are a few of our favourite Christmas cocktail recipes.

 

Candy Cane Cocktail With Homemade Candy Cane Infused Vodka

A simple, festive candy cane infused vodka which is light and fresh resulting in a classic peppermint and chocolate mix drink.

Candy Cane Cocktail

 

What you will need –

For Candy Cane Infused Vodka :

Vodka

Vanilla Vodka

Candy Canes

For Candy Cane Cocktail :

Candy Cane Vodka

Creme de Cacao, clear ( no colour )

Dash Angostura Bitters

Candy Canes

 

 

What to do – 

Candy Cane Vodka :

Pour both the types of vodka in a jar with a lid. Break the candy canes up and add them to the vodka. Allow to sit and cool for 3-4 days. Make sure you shake often to mix any sediment into liquid. Once ready, strain and store in a cool place until serving.

To make 2 Candy Cane Cocktails : 

For the rimming sugar, place candy canes in a chopper or blender until a granulated sugar and then rim cocktail glasses. Add candy cane vodka, Creme de Cacao, Bitters and ice to a shaker, strain and serve.

For full recipe click here

 

Jingle Juice

A beautiful drink which is sure to bring festive spirit and is full of good cheer. A great idea for Christmas parties and family gatherings this season which you can enjoy all evening long.

Jingle Juice

 

What you will need – 

For the citrus sugar : 

Sugar

Lemon Zest, Lime Zest, Grapefruit Zest, Orange Zest

Ground Ginger

Cinnamon

For the Punch :

Citrus Sugar

Lime Juice, Lemon Juice, Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice

Mango Nectar

Pineapple Juice

Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

Grand Marnier

Amaretto

Sparkling Water

Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit slices, Frozen Cranberries ( for garnish)

 

What to do –

For the Citrus Sugar : 

Combine the sugar, zests, ginger and cinnamon. Rub the zests between your fingers to release the oils. Sit at room temperature for 4 hours in an airtight container.

For the Punch :

Peel the skins off the fruit and juice them. Pour into a pitcher and leave in fridge until icy cold. Next, add the citrus sugar to the bottom of the punch bowl. Pour in the juice and stir to dissolve the sugar. Pour in the alcohol and sparkling water. Garnish with fruit slices.

For full recipe click here

 

Pimped-up Prosecco

An easy Prosecco cocktail, mix it up with your favourite juices and fruits to create exciting flavour combos for the festive season.

Pimped Up Prosecco

 

What you will need –

Prosecco

Clementine

Pomegranate Juice

Passionfruit

Grapefruit

Elderflower or Blackcurrant Cordial

 

 

 

 

 

What to do – 

Pop a mixture of champagne flutes and glasses into the freezer for about an hour before you serve so that they’re cold. Start squeezing the fruit juices into the chilled glasses and add cordial to others, fill up with Prosecco and serve. Experiment with adding fruit to the glasses.

For full recipe click here

 

 

 

Christmas Decorations – Shabby Chic Style

A lot of traditional shabby chic style is all about being cosy and comfortable, so it’s the perfect time of year to get creative. We love creating a festive feel with shabby chic style Christmas decorations, soft furnishings and even specific pieces of furniture which are ideal for the holiday season. Here we take a step-by-step look at some tips for getting your home ready for Christmas in true shabby chic fashion.

Festive furniture – It’s a great idea to finalise what furnishings you’ll be featuring in your living room and across your home this winter. Even just a couple of carefully chosen, luxury French style furniture pieces can really make shabby chic home feel more cosy and luxurious, especially once they’re placed near the fireplace and your favourite decorations are draped all around.

French Style Sideboard

Unusual ornaments – We’d advise you not to to make everything too uniform or repetitive with your décor. Shabby chic charm often comes from every detail being unique and a little mismatched, but creating a consistent overall effect.

Stag Heads Candle Stand

Pastel shades – While Christmas is all about bright lights and colours, you don’t want your festive theme to clash with a pale palette in your home. Too much vivid red and green can throw off the overall look of a calm living room easily, but pastel tones can work much better with a softer shabby chic style.

Mauve Throw

Fun fabrics – A great way to add charm to your decorations is to use a mixture of festive fabrics, on everything from your sofa cushions to handmade tree decorations. Keep an eye out for designs featuring snowflakes, trees, Christmas scenes and simple red or green patterns. A patchwork of different patterns and colours can create a real homely effect.

Snowflake Cushion

Tree decorations – Of course, we offer a huge range of shabby chic Christmas tree decorations which are a staple of any festive family home. They’re all a little different, sprinkled with sparkling glitter or finished with a perfect shine to reflect as much Christmas spirit as possible.

Baubles

Wreaths and garlands – Bring some of the outside in with our Christmas wreaths, garlands and trees, all designed to fit perfectly in any shabby chic-inspired home. These can create a great contrast that enhances the cosy feel of your room even more.

Wreath

Christmas characters – It’s great to add some life to your decorations with some friendly faces. You might choose animals like robins and reindeer, fun characters like snowmen or gingerbread men, or simple and traditional options such as angel figures. For a subtle shabby chic approach, you might go for embroidered or printed cushions or modern ornaments with animal designs.

Angel

Simple signage – A great idea that works on a few different scales is to display a rustic wooden sign for the festive season. At Shabby Store we have a few different options, from simple wooden wording with distressed-finish stands to sparkling light-up “XMAS” lettering.

XMAS letters

 

10 of the Best Holiday Hacks!

With the kids at school and holidays right around the corner (yay!) it’s time to start getting excited – and most probably stressed. Travel, especially long haul or with children, can be challenging at the best of times. Here’s our top ten ‘holiday hacks’ to help you get through those painfully early flights and long, winding car journeys. Here’s to a fabulous summer!

1. Dirty Laundry
Throw the hotel bar of soap in with your dirty laundry bag to keep it from stinking up the rest of the clean stuff in your suitcase. Genius!

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2. Fitted Sheet
Everyone hates sandy sandwiches, so keep little ones and adults happy by setting up camp on the beach with a fitted sheet.

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3. Booking Smart
When searching for your flights online, be sure to turn on ‘in private browsing’ to reveal extra, cheaper flights as if by magic!

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4. OK Maps
When using the Google map function, type in OK Maps to save that location, making it possible to use it offline. It’s possible to access GPS without being connected to the internet.

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5. Airport Spending
Yes, nobody likes paying airport prices but using your card for a purchase or two before you jet off can be really useful for letting the fraud team know that you’re off abroad. No more finance freezing on holiday – and a great excuse to buy that perfume!

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6. Free WiFi?
Delayed flight and bored kids? Adding ?.Jpg to the end of URLs when browsing the web will usually allow you to use the airport’s extortionate internet services for free.

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7. Charge on TV
Forgot your adapter? Before you panic, it’s usually simple to charge your phone or device using the USB port in the back of the TV without the need for any plugs at all.

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8. Tangled Necklaces
Prevent your necklaces from tangling by covering them in a layer of cling film on top of your other packed clothing.

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9. Fragile Bags
When checking in bags, ask to have yours marked as fragile. This means that it’ll be handled with care, set out first and be easy to spot amongst the surfboards and skis.

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10. Get a flight-checking app
Avoid the scrum for the departures board – why bother to get involved when you can have your own on your phone!?

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Going away on holiday is amazing but there’s nothing quite like the comfort of your own bed when you get home! Here at Shabby Store, we have a wide range of soft beds, gorgeous sofas and warm, cosy armchairs which will always welcome you home.

Ten Ways to Survive the Summer Holidays

With the long six of seven week summer holidays looming, it’s an exciting time for kids and families to spend time together, visit new places and just relax for a while. When your little ones are off school every single day however, it’s not always easy to keep them entertained. Here are ten fun, cheap and easy ideas to try out on those long, sunny (and rainy) days.

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1. Have a Picnic

Simple fun. Skip out cafes in favour of far cheaper picnics on the local park which are full of all your kids’ favourite foods. They’ll love preparing it and enjoying sarnies on the grass with a good old game of Frisbee.

2. Get Ready for School

This one might seem a bit boring but taking out a day towards the end of the holidays to prepare can really help get everyone back into the right mindset! Help kids who feel anxious about the school weeks ahead by picking out a fresh new uniform, shopping for their school lunches and morning breakfasts and writing out daily schedules to make it all seem a lot less daunting.

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3. Movie Night

This one is perfect for all ages – and allows exhausted parents to take a sly 3 hour nap. Move the sofas close to the telly,get in the popcorn and ice-cream and watch the best downloaded films.

4. Train Ride

If you usually drive everywhere with the kids, little ones will love a ride on the train instead. Take the train into the local town or city and watch as they drink in the sights and sounds – plus, it means you don’t have to say no to that glass of wine at lunchtime either!

5. Have a Plan

Everybody knows that being super-organised is no fun at all – unless you’re Monica Geller that is. Making a few set planned days every week can really get the ball rolling and bust boredom however, as kids cut out fairy wings, pack bags and research the activities which are coming up.

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6. Write Letters

I’m sure we all remember getting back from the school holidays and forgetting how to write! Task the kids with writing letters to family, family friends or even their favourite celebrities to get those writing muscles working and also to pass a fun (and quiet) hour or two. The looks on their faces on getting replies will be utterly priceless.

7. Cook

Even for those kids who love to cook, let’s face it, it’s easier to get dinner done without the ‘help’ or a haphazard 4 year old. When there’s a little more time during the holidays, fascinate the little ones by showing them and letting them help as you put together their favourite meal.

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8. Face Paint

No need for a fete or carnival for this one. Pick up some face paints or use your least favourite make-up and try to recreate the best looks found online. Even if they come out looking less than perfect, it’s always a great laugh for everyone!

9. Duvet Day

We can’t rely on the weather in this country, so when there’s a rainy or windy day on the horizon, have some fun with a duvet day! Although it’s not an obvious summer activity, it’s something everyone craves over the colder months, so make use of the time you have over the holidays. Best of all? You don’t have to get dressed either!

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10. Make Presents

DIY and crafts are a classic school holiday activity. Make it even more fun and interesting by suggesting that kids make their items small gifts for mum or dad when they get home from work or a grandparents or friend they’ll be seeing in the next few days. This really encourages them to think of others as well as to stay amused.

 

 

 

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Giving the kids a fresh, new look in their bedroom will really give them a boost for the months of studying ahead. How about a sweet kids Eames table and chairs, an elephant or even a new wardrobe. They’re log it almost as much as you do!

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Mothers Day 2015

Mothers Day on Sunday the 15th of March is creeping ever closer and it’s the perfect opportunity to make your mum feel special. Gifts, chocolates and flowers are always welcome but there’s nothing quite like a simple, thoughtful gesture which really will make her smile – and best of all, most of these free or very low cost!

430b4ef4ee9de3f30ca698a508f660741. Breakfast in Bed

This one’s an old mothers day classic but a tasty breakfast served straight to mum’s bed is one which will always be appreciated. Whether you’re a great cook who can whip up a tasty eggs Benedict or simply want to add a little something special to your mum’s favourite breakfast, start the day off right.

2. Picture Perfect

If your mum is anything like ours, she can’t get enough of family photos. Pop a recent photo of yourself, the kids or the family into a pretty frame and gift it to her with a big bunch of flowers for a photo she can enjoy for years to come.

3. Spa Night

There’s no need to fork out on an expensive spa session, especially when you probably have everything you need at home. Treat your mum to a relaxing couple of hours and give her a new manicure, try a homemade face pack and get glam – even if your technique leaves a little to be desired, you’re sure to have a lots of fun!

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4. Cocktail Night

Why shout over loud music with a £15 cocktail in your local crowded bar when you can do just as good a job in your own home? Find out mum’s favourite tipple or try out a few new ones and hold a cocktail party at home. Mini cocktail umbrellas a definite essential.

5. Dinner Party

Ideal if you have a larger group of sisters, cousins, aunties and grandmas in your life, a girls dinner party is a wonderful way to celebrate mothers day in style. Cook up a simple Delia or Jamie Oliver menu, get the bubbly in and take some time to appreciate your favourite ladies.

6. Family Album

Get out stacks of old baby pictures and have a good laugh at the ridiculous clothes your mum used to make you wear! Crack open the bubbly and the chocolates and take a fun trip down memory lane.

7. Get Walking

If mothers day falls on a bright and sunny Sunday, taking a walk together is a wonderful time to chat, bond and enjoy some crisp, fresh air. Head back home for some hot chocolate and champagne for a truly special afternoon.

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8. Learn Together

Spend the afternoon together learning something that both of you have always wanted to try. Whether you teach one another a new skill or bake a cake from scratch just from YouTube videos, you’ll both remember the day for years to come.

9. Go Digital

If your mum has loads of old photos hanging around, why not do her a favour and digitize them all? Scan them and curate them on a CD or get a photo service to do it for you – she’ll love having all of her favourite pictures in one bulletproof place.

10. Mug Shot

If your mum is a coffee or tea addict, why not make her a personalized mug? It’s easier and cheaper than you’d think to make one of your own – follow this guide here. She’ll think of you whenever she takes a sip!

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