We’re all set to dish up a fresh dose of festive inspiration on our 8th day of the 12 Days of Christmas series. Today we welcome Jeska Hearne from Lobster & Swan who shares her inspiration as well as a guide to making beetroot dipped place cards and how to make a gold table tree top!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

“This table is all about seasonal herbs and flavours, foods that are easy to make and drinks that are easy to shake! Then, more time can be spent socialising with your guests and not trapped in the kitchen. The cocktail recipe I chose includes infused herbs that are cut from our garden and the place cards are dyed with locally grown beetroots. I am a big fan of sparkle – so this time of year gives me free reign to go wild for all that glitters and glows. Candles are ablaze all year round in our home, but in December I love to light as many as possible. I also have quite a collection of fairy lights that I like to drape all over the house – so this glowing scene is all about sharing a simple supper with a few favourite friends.”

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

How To Make Beetroot Dipped Place Cards

    1 sheet of watercolour paper with raw edge
    Washed Beetroot peelings and stalks (left over from accompanying recipes).
    1 cup warm water
    1 cup cold water
    Blender or juicer
    Apron
    Kitchen towel or cloth
    Calligraphy pen
    String

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

    1. Before you do anything grab an apron. In a blender whizz the beetroot skins, stalks and warm water. You should end up with a frothy dark pink sludge! If you have a juicer you can juice everything instead and leave out the water. Pour dye out into a shallow dish.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

    2. Cut your paper into desired size for cards with raw edge at the bottom and dip in cold water, shake of excess and then slowly dip into beet mixture gently laying the cards down to rest on the outside of the dish to keep the tops white. Repeat with all the cards and leave submerged for about 10 minutes.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

    3. Carefully remove each card and using a cloth gently wipe away the excess dye and any foam, then leave to dry. Once dry write on names or initials with a calligraphy pen. Then punch a hole in the top edge and loop with string.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

How To Make A Gold Table Top Tree

    Gold leaf
    Wooden tree decoration – West Elm
    2 paint brushes – 1 old one for gold size and a rougher one to brush away gold.
    Gold Size
    Paper or mat to protect table

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

    1. Paint one side of each part or the tree in gold size and allow to dry until tacky, wash out brush straight away.

Gilded-wooden-tree-3

    2. After about 10 minutes gently scrunch your gold leaf to make it look a little distressed then lay over the trees and smooth down.

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    3. With a brush gently smooth over the gold brushing away any loose flakes, (keep these loose flakes to fill any gaps later). Repeat on the other sides and then slot tree together. For even more sparkle dust with glue and glitter!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

12 Days of Christmas | Day 8 | Jeska Hearne | west elm

Jeska is the stylist and blogger behind the blog Lobster & Swan. A photographer and devotee to two tabby cats she also runs the online lifestyle store The Future Kept with her husband Dean. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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