The Winter Wedding: A Literal Fairytale

Despite the chilly weather, a Winter wedding will undoubtedly have that ‘fairytale’ edge. Is it just me, or is there something so darn romantic about Winter in general? Whether it’s ice skating in the park hand in hand or snuggled up next to the fire with some egg nogg, the festive period is made for lovers.

Just imagine saying your vows in between glistening snow flakes, or having your reception dinner in front of a roaring open fire. Snow-dotted trees and frozen lakes are about enough to make any lady feel like a complete Elsa on their wedding day.

Not convinced? Here’s why a Winter wedding is, quite literally, a fairy tale.

The Winter Wedding Venue

Whether you opt for scenic views of snowy hilltops, or take the more cozy route, these venue’s may have well of literally being taken from ‘Beauty And The Beast.’

Quaint And Picturesque

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This small, rustic building provides the warmth and comfort of a Summer wedding, set against the stunning backdrop of the Wyoming mountains. The gold, dark beige and white decor keeps it neutral, yet slightly festive, whilst the candle lanterns give it an impeccable Winter air.

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Drape our table runners over the edge of the benches to recreate this stunning plethora of texture and neutral tones.

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Warm Winter Wonderland

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If you like it minimal, this indoor Winter wonderland is for you! Bringing the light embellished trees of the festive outdoors indoors, this venue is like one huge family Christmas! An abundance of candles create a modern take on a roaring Winter fire.

The Great Outdoors

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If you truly love Winter, you can embrace everything the great outdoors has to offer with this stunning outdoor setup. Rustic wooden floors and a Native American print rug adhere to the Mother Nature theme, whilst the snowy backdrop truly looks like something from a fairytale.

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Add a Native American style quirk to your wooden floors with our oriental blossom table runner.

The Winter Wedding Accessories

Just when you thought buying a dress couldn’t be more exciting, the cold temperatures of Winter call for extra pretty pieces to keep you warm. A stunning jacket will emit a classy vibe, or opt for a faux-fur stole to go all-out Russian princess!

All Rugged Up

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A scarf and gloves may not exactly be what you had in mind, but if you have your wedding ceremony outdoors, they are a necessity! The chunky knit scarf and gloves make such a stunning contrast to the bouquet of roses and evergreen leaves. Plus: as soon as you arrive at the indoor reception, all eyes will be on your dress!

Faux Fur

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These faux fur shawls are absolutely stunning and provide a stark, yet beautiful, contrast to the sequin bridesmaid dresses. Faux fur coats and shawls are a wonderful way for the bride to keep warm too.

The Winter Wedding Banquet

By having your big day in the festive period, you are able to embrace Christmassy colors in your banquet table. Whether you opt for warming berry tones, or simple snow whites, your Winter wedding banquet table is sure to look dreamy.

Warming The Heart

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This classy table layout takes elements of festive decor, such as metallic, and gives them a wedding makeover. Mulberry and red violet roses are mixed with bushy evergreens for a quintessentially Winter look. Candles and wine glasses are left plain and simple to let the stunning flowers and table runner do the talking.

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White Christmas

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White and silver come together to create a stunning, winter banquet table that reminds us of snow. If you prefer a minimalist wedding, this one is certainly for you! Begin by layering your table with a white table cloth and adorning with a silver table runner. Add voluminous bouquets of white roses and sprinkle with faux snow. Add a warm vibe with a plethora of plain silver candle holders.

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Our soft, silver hand embroidered table runner is made for a snowy vibe.

The Winter Wedding Finishing Touches

Sometimes, it’s the small things that can make a wedding really special and it doesn’t get more quintessentially Winter than these stunning finishing touches!

The Hot Chocolate Bar

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Treat any frostbitten guests to a cute and quirky hot chocolate bar. Include cream, sprinkles and marshmallows and let your guests indulge.

Horse Drawn Sleigh

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If you are 100% guaranteed snow, why not arrive in a horse drawn sleigh? It doesn’t get more fairy tale than that! Plus: a beautiful draft horse is priceless for snowy wedding photos.

Fir Cone Lapel Pins

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Embrace the Winter forest by adorning the grooms suit with a fir cone and evergreen plants. It is classy, unique and surprisingly more masculine than typical flowers.

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10 Easy Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

With Thanksgiving less than a month away, it’s time to start getting into the festive spirit! Thanksgiving decor is an easy way to start getting both your home and your family into the Thanksgiving mood.

If you thought that Thanksgiving decor needed to be as lavish and time-consuming as Christmas, I’ll stop you right in your tracks there! All it takes is a few stunning Autumnal touches to bring in the air of the Fall harvest and create a warm atmosphere for your loved ones.

Here’s 10 easy Thanksgiving decor ideas that are sure to catapult you right into the holiday spirit!

1. Pumpkin Garland

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Before you adorn your home with garlands of bells and snowflakes, celebrate Thanksgiving and Fall with these cuter-than-cute pumpkin garlands! They are super easy to make and will bring smiles to the faces of the younger members of your family.

You can read up on the whole tutorial here.

2. Cosy Cushion Corner

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Wooden benches and seats can look a little bit cold for Fall. Turn up the heat and snuggle up with cozy cushion and blankets. This combination of rustic neutrals and faux squashes will make a lovely comfortable corner for your Thanksgiving guests to relax after dinner.

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When choosing cushions for your Thanksgiving decor, you may be tempted to go for typical oranges and burnished reds. Although these are undoubtedly Autumnal, rustic beige and cream are far more versatile. Add orange with real pumpkins instead!

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3. Thankful Board

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Whether you have family visiting from interstate, or you have just your immediate family popping round for dinner, this board is a wonderful way for you all to indulge in what you are truly thankful for.

Cut out leaves from colored paper, and give one to each family member for them to jot down what they are grateful for. Pin the leaves to a board for a unique addition to your home that will ensure you don’t take everyday things for granted! Plus: When the kids are whining about not having the newest X Box, you can totally show them this!

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Make this activity extra Fall-appropriate by placing your cut out leaves in an old tissue box adorned with our hand painted floral tissue box cover. DIY-ing a piece of ‘garbage’ is well in the nature of Thanksgiving, whilst the saffron red tones will add an Autumnal touch to any surface.

4. Simple Tablescape

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We are all for easy and laid back, so rest assured that this tablescape has no ice sculptures or ridiculously oversized turkeys carved out of wood. Although this wooden and creamy concoction may be simple, that certainly doesn’t make it any less stunning. Woven placemats and fresh leaves make it luxurious without being too flamboyant. An abundance of earthy textures and harvest vegetables will ensure that your family will embrace the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

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If the above layout is a little bit too simple for you, you could always jazz it up with a border printed table runner. Square placemats will also make more of a statement than round placemats under round plates.

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Glamorous border table runner

Shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats

5. Vegetable Toilet Rolls

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Lets be real: a toilet can never be glamorous, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be funny! These fabric toilet roll covers will make your guests smile. Just don’t be too disturbed if you hear fits of laughter coming from the loo!

6. Coffee Table Centerpiece

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If you want to add a sprinkle of Fall to your coffee table, this centerpiece screams Thanksgiving! All it takes is some dried mini squashes, leaves and seasonal berries and a couple of candles! If you don’t have a fire in your home, this is a wonderful way to inject the glow of an open flame into your Thanksgiving decor.

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If you would like to give your coffee table a further injection of Thanksgiving, a leaf printed table runner will do the trick! Opt for orange or golden shades to compliment your centerpiece.

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7. Wheat Wreath

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Get crafty with wheat and make your dining table chairs a literal representation of thanksgiving. Color co-ordinate the ribbon bow to compliment your table layout.

8. Cute & Cottagey Table

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If you thought that Thanksgiving couldn’t be as magical as Christmas, think again!! This stunning table pays homage to the country forest, with faux stag horns, green tablewear and fresh fruit. Although blue isn’t traditionally a color we would associate with Fall or Thanksgiving, the contrast between the warm-hued flowers and the blue tablecloth is stunning. Check out our other favorite Thanksgiving Tablescapes while you’re at it!

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Printed blue table cloths and runners can give your Thanksgiving table that quirky, yet stylish edge.

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9. Thanks Mason Jars

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There is something undeniably cute and homey about mason jars, so why not make them part of your Thanksgiving decor? As well as being a stunning statement, these mason jars also remind us of the true meaning of the holiday.

10. Pumpkin Owls

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Jack o’lanterns scream Halloween, so how exactly do you incorporate pumpkins into your Thanksgiving decor? By turning them into owls of course!

With a few bits of felt and pipe cleaners, your pumpkins can be transformed into cute little table decorations that the kids are sure to love!

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7 Superb Summer Wedding Table Layouts

When it comes to wedding table layouts, it certainly pays to be season appropriate. Summer sets the background for the picture perfect wedding; think blue skies, rays of sparkling sunshine and a light, balmy breeze. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Summer weddings are far more popular than there colder alternatives. As a matter of fact, the most popular wedding months are June and August in America and Europe.

So how exactly do you create a seasonal-appropriate Summer wedding table layout? Here’s seven stunningly Summer table layouts to inspire you…

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This table layout has a feminine, country air to it. A plethora of fresh roses make it the perfect choice if your wedding is in a park or garden. The dusky, blue and white, jacquard print table runner adds a little bit of color, whilst being minimal enough to fit into a neutral palette. The designers have opted for clear glassware and a white table cloth and napkins, to let the table runner and floral center do the talking.

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Damask elegant style table runner

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When you think of Summer wedding table layouts, a plethora of color undoubtedly comes to mind. If you like it vibrant, this glistening rainbow of purples, oranges, blues and greens is sure to rock your world! A mix of fabrics and textures suggests a slightly bohemian feel, whilst an abundance of colorful, fresh flowers and tall glass wear gives it a glamorous edge.

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Beach weddings are made for shabby, rustic chic. The raw wooden table and chairs certainly look at home amongst the sands! A variety of metal and glass embellishment really enhances the rustic, thrown-together theme. Elements of soft baby blues keep it oceanic, but not tacky or too brash. Pink roses and blooms really suit the pastel palette and compliment the rustic elements of the table layout perfectly.

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Organza hand embroidered table runner

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This table layout takes the shabby, country trend and presents it in a more bold, imperial way. Full-length jacquard floral table runners cascade to the floor. Classic, brown chairs are truly timeless and look like they could have been made in 1906 or 2006 in equal part. Pink table runners are an unlikely clash, but work wonderfully due to the random, pot flowers that adorn them. These center flowers look like they could have been grown in a relatives garden. The beauty of this layout lies in its homely, undone elements.

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Jacquard floral table runner

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This table layout is evidence that simple doesn’t necessarily have to be boring! This mint table cloth is stunningly sprinkled with white rose petals and adorned with sparkling glass wear. The tall, white blossoms make such a statement, without risking being tacky. This layout would be a stunning choice for a beach-side wedding.

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Tropical and rustic-minimal can be such a stunning combination, as shown in this lush table layout above. A light oak table is the perfect blank canvas to add as many colorful orchids and tropical flowers as your heart desires. Green foliage adds to the tropical vibe and hanging plants turn this dining area into a rain forest wonderland.

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Fancy being a bohemian bride? This rustic, mish-mash of hippy goodness could be your perfect table-scape! This fuschia table runner is as bright as they come and really compliments both the raw wooden table and adornments. Elements of burnished metal keep it random and shabby, whilst a terrarium and potted plants give it a cute, homely edge. Now all you need is the perfect lake-side, river-side or woodland venue!

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Which table layout is your favorite? Are you hoping for a Summer wedding? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Dinner Party Themes To Wow Your Guests

It’s official: staying in is the new going out. But before you make another Facebook event called ‘cheese and wine night’ or ‘get together’, why not go a little outside your comfort zone and try something different?

A themed dinner party is sure to be the talking point of your social circle! With themed decor, menu and costumes, transport your guests into another world and have a whole lot of fun whilst your doing it!

Not sure which themed dinner party route to take? Check out our five dinner party themes that are sure to wow your guests…

Great Gatsby

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Following the Baz Luhrmann movie adaptation of the classic novel, Great Gatsby themed parties are certainly trending! As well as being on the pulse, this theme is surprisingly easy to pull off at little cost. Plus; it totally gives you the excuse to don lashings of pearls and feather hairbands, Daisy style. The only thing missing is your own Di Caprio! Maybe make your other half wear a mask? If it’s not too creepy….

Your Menu

Keep it upscale with a bit of American charm. Add some little canapes and champagne if you want to go all out.

To start- Pan seared scallops

The Main- Oven baked brisket

Dessert- Creme brulee with a raspberry compote

Your Table

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Go for metallics and sharp, art deco prints. Stick to a palette of gold, silver and black and make it as lavish as possible. Sparkling glass wear, diamond-textures and tall, gold candles will all add the luxurious air.

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Give your table a luxurious, deep base by adorning it with the hand embroidered rectangular tablecloth in black.

Then layer on the exotic oriental table runner in gold for some much-needed art deco vibes.

Your Costumes

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This is the fun part! Ladies, embrace your inner flapper of opt for embellishments, ruffles and fringing. More is totally more when it comes to Gatsby dressing, so pile on those pearls, get out your silk gloves and wear an abundance of diamante and feathers in your hair. As for color palettes, pastel tones , creams and black were all popular choices, but they key here is embellishments!

Gentlemen, you have it a little easier! A two piece black suite, a crisp white shirt and a bow tie will work wonders! Don’t forget that dapper hair though! Simply part your hair to the side and smooth down with gel. Leo, eat your heart out!

Alice in Wonderland
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One of the famous tea parties in the history of literature came courtesy of Lewis Carroll and his Alice books. If you have a long table and a lot of vintage tea wear lying around, why not take your guests on a trip down the rabbit hole!

Your Menu

I think that the menu here all comes down to presentation! Serve canapes in tea cups and attach ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ labels and all will be well!

Starter: Hearty carrot and lentil soup (served in teacups) with bread-and-butter-flies

Main: Meat pie with crushed potatoes

Dessert: Gourmet tea, homemade ‘eat me’ biscuits and apple tarts

Your Table

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This one depends on your table! If you go for a long, slim table, as illustrated in the novel and Disney cartoon, opt for a candy-toned tablecloth with shabby-chic patterns. Top with quirky vintage tea wear, fresh flowers and random bits and bobs, such as vintage books, packs of cards and clocks. If you are joining several tables together, opt for different table cloths, as in the Tim Burton movie. Don’t stress about the chairs, make them as random as possible! After all, Lewis Carroll himself was influenced by surrealism.

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The damask style table runner and jacquard paisley table runner are suitably shabby chic.

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To be really authentic to the novel, why not layer ‘drink me’ bottles on top of the floral embroidered place mats?

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Your Costumes

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With so many characters to choose from, it is quite easy to create an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ costume using the contents of your own wardrobe! Ladies can dress as Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Mouse, the Rabbit or the Cheshire Cat.

Gents: embrace your inner goofball and go for the mad hatter or show your softer side and dress as the red rabbit, the playing cards or tweedle dum and tweedle dee.

Hawaiian Luau

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With Summer on the way, what better time than to host a Hawaiian themed dinner party? This vibrant and positive atmosphere is sure to be a hit with your guests!  Plus: this theme is the perfect excuse to play as many silly games as possible.

Your Menu

Treat your guests to a new culinary experience by serving up some traditional Polynesian food.

Starter- Poi with soy sauce and taro rolls.

Main- A hog roast

Dessert- Fresh tropical fruit platter

Your Table

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Go for a mixture of bright colors and natural textures. I suggest putting grass fringing around the sides of the table, then topping with a vividly hued table cloth or runner. Finally, add faux tropical flowers, glowing candles and shells for a beachy look.

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Add some bright florals to your table with our hand painted deluxe floral table runner.

Echo the natural fabric of the grass fringing with our shimmering spiral hand embroidered placemats.

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Your Costumes

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This has to be the easiest costume to throw together ever! Grass skirts, floral lays and flower crowns are a must. Shyer party-goers can still get into the spirit in a vibrant Hawaiian-print shirt.

Cinco Di Mayo

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Get your maracas out, as Mexican is coming to a table near you! Vibrant and spicey in both colors and food, a Cinco Di Mayo themed party is perfect for everything from birthdays to baby showers. What will you need? Several sombreros, some tacos and perhaps some stick on mustaches all in the name of fun! It’s time to embrace the Mexican theme!

Your Menu

Mexican of course! This food is always such a crowd pleaser!

Starter: Chilli and avocado nachos

Main: Sizzling chicken and beef fajitas with all the sides

Dessert: Cinnamon dusted churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce

Your Table

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This one needs to be the definition of vibrant! Begin with a sangria-red table cloth and clash with orange table runners. Add colored perspex glasses and decorative chillis to make it a little spicey. For your centerpiece, place a sombrero on a large candle holder. This can even be used as a cupcake holder (as shown on the above photo).

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Add some colorful, Aztec charm to your table with our ornamantal embroidered tablecloth in red.

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Your Costumes

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Olay!! Gentlemen, get those mustaches out! Add a sombrero and a rainbow poncho for something really stereotypically Mexican. Or if you want to be sauve, you can take the el matador route.

Ladies, get out your flamenco skirts! Dresses in rainbow colors and Mexican sugar skull makeup are easy options too.

Bollywood

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Transport your guests away to far away exotic lands by throwing a Bollywood themed dinner party. Grab your incense, don a sari and get ready to tempt with some spicy treats! If you’re looking for something truly unique, this theme is the one for you!

Your Menu

A Bollywood themed party deserves some Indian delights.

Starter- Homemade vegetable samosas with mango salsa

Main- Tandoori butter chicken served with basmati rice.

Dessert- Mixed fruit khulfi

Your Table

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Adorn your table with rich, warm tones with metallic detailing. Quintessential Indian prints to opt for include paisley prints and sari borders. Make it really vibrant by combining two table cloths or a table runner and table cloth in different colors. For plates, opt for pieces with gold or silver edges, burnished metal would also be a great choice. Complete your Bollywood table with colorful candles and fresh flowers.

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Create a vibrant and patterned base through combining our saree border table runner and Arabian velvet table runner.

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For more of a color contrast, add the hand embroidered seven piece table runner and place mat set into the mix!

Your Costumes

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If you’ve ever wanted a stunning, hand-embroidered sari, this is the perfect excuse to buy one! Team with with chunky gold coin jewellery, gems and a jeweled hairpiece for a regal look. If you are looking for a piece you are more likely to wear on a daily basis, why not treat yourself to one of our solid color scarfs?

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Gents:go for an oversized white shirt and white pants A bit of bling never hurt either!

Enjoy your dinner party!

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