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Festive Dinner Party Ideas With Seasonal Food And Gin Cocktails…

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Photos by Binky Nixon

‘Tis the season to get merry…

I can’t actually believe we are on the countdown to Christmas… it’s like literally next week!

Christmas is a time to be surrounded by your loved ones AND it’s all about the food and drink. This year I’m off to the in-laws for Christmas day; but before then I’m hosting pre-xmas drinks at mine with friends, then afterwards my family will be coming to mine for Boxing Day. I’m pretty sure you will have to roll me out of my house when this festive period is done! lol!

So if like me food and drink is a priority and sitting around a table eating, drinking, laughing and playing games is up your street, then todays post will offer some inspiration for some intimate festive dinner party ideas.

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A few weeks ago I invited Noeleen from The Basement Florist, Louisa from street food catering Tuck In London and my lovely friend Binky from Binky Nixon Photography over for an intimate dinner party. The theme was festive and seasonal… delicious seasonal food surrounded by the prettiest seasonal flowers.

The girls brought round their bits whilst I sorting out my house for the gathering. For me a tidy house, a cool sound track, some colourful tasting platters, some beautiful flowers and candle light is all you need …

Interview with Arabian Tents – Unusual, luxury wedding marquees + tents…

First Day of School introduction of yourself…

I’m Katherine Hudson – owner of many beautiful tents and décor at Arabian Tents, aesthetic perfectionist and party girl!

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Tell us what you love?

I love quirky, colourful and eclectic objects…things with a story behind them…my office is filled with items from my travels like a white dove I got in Belgium, a vintage turquoise tea-set I found in an antique shop in Edinburgh, blankets from a trip to Argentina, oh, and a giant parrot from a Glyndebourne opera!

Tell us a bit about your HQ…

HQ is an unassuming barn in Sussex, but inside is an Aladin’s cave of trinkets, beautiful fabrics, interesting furniture and lots and lots of cushions!

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What made you start up the business?

I wanted to put on a party, in a woodland, and looked for a tent to use that would be fitting for this environment but could find absolutely nothing apart from white plastic marquees. I realised there was a big gap in the market for beautiful structures rather than simply utilitarian ones… and having always enjoyed hosting and parties started the journey that took me to where I am today.

What do you love most about your job?

I love a lot of things about my job and are

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