Last week I wrote about a few ways in which you could make this year’s Christmas a bit more vintage, but there is one important issue I didn’t mention – food. Christmas is as much about feeding your loved ones as it is about giving them socks and toiletries, but a kitsch Christmas feast isn’t just about serving up those classic dishes with retro touches. If you want to go full-on kitsch in the kitchen department then it follows that your kitchenware needs to follow the same pattern, and you need to make that pattern as vintage-look at possible. Yes, I’m talking classic cake stands, dining sets and accessories that wouldn’t look out of place in kitchens of yore. And if you see a few present ideas here too then all the better…
House of Fraser
To the department stores! And first up this week it’s Houseof Fraser voucher codes and their always-good-value homeware discounts. You don’t have to delve too deep to find a treasure trove of vintage-look tableware including the Biba Starburst 2 Tier Cake Stand (was £35, now £28), the Linea Pave Footed Trifle Bowl (was £30, now £15) and the Biba Deco Peacock Espresso Cup and Saucer (was £20, now £16). And if you can put together a better retro Christmas afternoon tea with this lot then I’d like to be invited thank you very much.
Another department store stop off and this one’s more to do with the preparation side of things. In other words the kitchenware accessories that not only add to the kitsch look you’re aiming for, but also help you create your retro recipes. With Debenhams promo codes you can currently get up to 30% off across all their departments and this offer can help you save on The Great British Bake Off Star Baker Cake Tin and Pen (was £13, now £9.10), the Tala Christmas Cake Stensils (were £3, now £2.10) and to serve up your Christmas baking creations, you might also want the Debenhams Cream Wood Tray (was £20, now £16).
These famous and sought-after designs might not be ‘vintage’ in the strictest sense of the word, but there’s no denying they’ll add a certain kitsch quality to proceedings. Oh, and make rather nice Christmas gifts too if you fancy spreading their goodness far and wide. To get into the spirit of the season, I recommend the Christmas party-tastic Holly Wreath Tureen (£115) and the Joy Robin Cake Stand (£69.95), and with Emma Bridgewater promotional codes you can get an additional 15% off the price as a first time customer.
So now you know where to get your kitsch kitchenware, all you have to do is actually prepare some retro Christmas recipes. Now, where did I put that Mary Berry cookbook…