December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

I'm overwhelmed by your support in 2010 and want to thank each and everyone of you that has taken the time to comment or look at A Chi Chi Affair.

Wishing you all a very happy, prosperous and peaceful new year

I'll be back on the 3rd Jan with a peak into my Christmas pressies.

Rachie xo

December 27, 2010

My Christmas Drinks

Happy Christmas!  Hope you all had a lovely festive time and enjoyed spending time with your loved ones.  Mine was so nice and I got some great pressies!

I'm actually going to be having a little break over the holidays but I thought I would just sneak back to post pics of my Christmas eve party for you to peruse!

My favourite aspect of the table was undoubtedly the flowers, I went shopping on Christmas eve morning unsure as to what I was going to go for and hit the jackpot at my favourite local florist Woods and picked a selection of red berries , white gerbera's and rosemary. I also picked up some mistletoe and tied it with a red ribbon.

The colour scheme was planned around the napkins and cupcake wrappers from Habitat. It had a kind of Scandinavian feel don't you think?

I thought the coke cans and stripy straws added a fun aspect to the table.

I piled some mince pies and cupcakes on one of my favourite cake stands,  a gift from my girlfriends a few weeks ago.

I was so pleased with how it all turned out - It looked very festive!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Rachie xo

December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas all and Fabulous Friday Food

Happy Christmas Eve Everyone!

I just want to say a big big thank you to all my readers for all your lovely comments and support. I hope you're enjoying the blog as much as I'm enjoying writing it. I'm here for the long haul so I hope you'll be reading! via

In true Fabulous Friday Food style even though I hope you have a relaxing day today. Here are a few last minute recipes just in case. The Turkey curry looks yummy for boxing day and the canapes are perfect for new year! I've actually got 20 friends and family coming over for drinks later so I'm probably making festive red velvet cupcakes as we speak…. (Hummingbird bakery recipe if anyone wants to make them!)

Oh and all these recipes are from Red magazine website which is truly worth a look - they have some absolutely lovely ideas.

Turkey Curry : Click for the recipe here.

Red Magzine

A lovely Mulled Wine recipe: Click for the recipe here.

Red Magzine

Blueberry and Stilton Blinis. Click for recipe here.

Red Magzine
Happy Christmas Everyone and see you on the 27th!

Rachie xo

December 23, 2010

My Christmas Decoration Home Tour Part 2

Hi everyone! Happy Christmas eve eve!  Here is part 2 of my Decorations Home tour.

This is my silver wreath that I bought last year for the front door - look at all the snow we are having!! I'm hoping to paint our front door a brighter colour in the new year. Any suggestions?

Just like my post here I have my own bowl of Satsuma's and walnuts which I think look so cute all sitting on a stripy napkin from Butlers.

These red tea light holders on the mantelpiece are from Wilkinson - I think they look great grouped together.

And I found this red Christmas tree in Paperchase - I think this is my favourite Christmas find of the season. What does everyone think?

I made some tissue paper poms tied with bakers twine and hung them from the chandelier.

And finally here is the Christmas tree - its quite minimalist this year - and I think next year I'll be investing in a few more decorations. We actually thought we had lost all the decorations in the move and searched the entire house - we finally found them in a "safe" place under the stairs! Thank Goodness!!

Cant wait to decorate our living room in the new year. Please do excuse the old sofas, green walls and carpet - its not my taste - Honest!!
Rachie xo

December 22, 2010

My Christmas Decoration Home tour

Hi all!

Well here is Part 1 of my mini home tour of the christmas decorations starting with the kitchen/diner. - I've just used a few subtle Christmas decorations here and there to enhance the space and make it feel festive! 

How cute are these little felt baubles from Butlers I totally couldn’t resist them!!

This wooden tree is from Habitat which I just love on the new white gloss table and the red cloth underneath is also from Butlers (its actually a napkin!)

Finally this hessian /burlap Let it snow banner is from Ragged Home at Etsy

I'm looking forward to these decorations becoming family favourites in years to come.

Tomorrow I'll be showing the lounge which contains the Christmas tree and a few other goodies!

Have you found any great decorations?

Rachie xo

December 21, 2010

Tags, Bows and Presents

Happy Midwinter's day!

Here are a few things that might be useful this time of year - or is it only me that has a million presents STILL to wrap??!

Some lovely free printable labels from Martha Stewart. Download here.

Also useful I'm hoping - here is a fab "how to tie different types of bow" tutorial via Under the  Influence here

And some Christmas wrapping ideas...

Country Living
Have you finished wrapping your gifts yet?

Rachie xo

December 20, 2010

Christmas Centrepieces

Just in case you haven't sorted your Christmas table out yet then here are some lovely and very easy ideas using fruit and veg!

These pomegranates are so Christmassy and their rich red colour is so sumptuous - paired with some white napkins and some Christmas tree branches - this would make a very stylish table. via style me pretty

I thought this Brussels sprout tree makes such a cute and quite funny centrepiece especially if your family have an aversion to sprouts!! Its so simple - find the instructions here.
I love this cute little centre piece with cranberries - they will really add a burst of colour to your table. Follow instructions here
And finally these clementines or satsumas in a jar look so effective. I've actually done something similar in my lounge which you can see later in the week.

Its nearly Christmas!  Woop!

Rachie xo

December 17, 2010

Fabulous Friday Food: Christmas Morning Muffins

Last year was the first year I cooked Christmas dinner (and the first one my mum hadn't cooked for about 30 years!!)  so to mark the occasion I decided to start my own Christmas tradition that I hope to carry on every year - Christmas morning muffins!

My family have never been the sort to have a full cooked breakfast on Christmas day - as children there was too much anticipation for our presents and we were so busy with church in the morning and looking forward to the lunch, that breakfast always took a back seat. These muffins are perfect if you just want a light breakfast and they also smell heavenly in the oven.

Christmas Morning Muffins courtesy of Nigella Lawson
250g plain flour
21/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
good grating of fresh nutmeg (or 1/4teaspoon ground nutmeg)
2 clementines/satsumas approx.
125ml full-fat milk
75ml vegetable oil (or melted butter left to cool slightly)
1 egg
175g dried cranberries

FOR THE TOPPING: 3 teaspoons demerara sugar


Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Line a 12-bun muffin tin with muffin papers
Measure the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, caster sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl; grate the zest of the clementine/satsuma over, and combine. If you are doing this in advance, leave the zesting till Christmas morning.

Squeeze the juice of the clementines/satsumas into a measuring jug, and pour in the milk until it comes up to the 200ml mark.

Add the oil (or slightly cooled, melted butter) and egg, and lightly beat until just combined.

Pour this liquid mixture into the bowl of dried ingredients and stir until everything is more or less combined, remembering that a well-beaten mixture makes for heavy muffins: in other words a lumpy batter is a good thing here.

Fold in the cranberries, then spoon the batter into the muffin cases and sprinkle the demerara sugar on top. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, by which time the air should be thick with the promise of good things and the good things themselves golden brown and ready to be eaten, either plain or broken up and smeared, as you go, with unsalted butter and marmalade.

Nigella says

What's more, if you measure out the dry ingredients the night before and put the muffin cases in the muffin tin, you don't need to do anything more labour intensive on Christmas morning itself than preheat your oven, whisk up a few runny ingredients in a jug and stir them into the waiting bowl.  Then dollop the batter into the prepared muffin cases and all's sweet - and smelling of cinnamony, orange-scented Christmas

Have a great weekend everyone!
Rachie xo

December 16, 2010

A Colourful Christmas: Decorating with Red!

Happy Thursday!

Red is such a classic colour at Christmas and it looks so warm and inviting, I'm decorating our living room mainly in red this year and against the white of our fire place it looks really bold and modern.

Here's a little round up of some of the best red decorations I can find!

This chunky tree candle from Paperchase would be a great centrepiece.


This is such a pretty decoration from Zara Home.

Zara Home

These red christmas hearts from Lakeland totally stole my heart! Hang from a door handle or in a window for a cosy look.


I just fell in love with this Reindeer Bird from Sabahnur at Etsy.


Thought this christmas card holder from John Lewis is a lovely idea and is very chic!

John Lewis
Have you finished your decorating yet?

Rachie xo

December 15, 2010

Christmas cards!

As much as I would have loved to make my own Christmas cards this year unfortunately the realities of having a full time job have taken over so I turned to my fail safe brilliant Christmas card shop Paperchase who always have a great selection.Here are the ones I have chosen...

I loved the old fashioned feel and cross stitch effect to this one.

I thought these ones were really stylish - I loved the black background and for some reason I love reindeer's on christmas cards so that attracted me to the white ones (+ they were sparkly!)

I also purchased this fabulous stamp from Sweet Papery who make personalised address stamps and lots more. I chose the bradshaw design which you can see below but there are loads to choose from so please take a look. Unfortunately due to the Christmas post and customs this hasn’t actually arrived yet :-(. However once it does I'm sure I'll be making good use of it and using it on everything from cards to letters!

Happy Wednesday All!

Rachie xo

December 14, 2010

No Room for a Tree?

Happy Tuesday All!

I wanted to share with you some alternative Christmas trees just in case you're not going all out with the big tree this year. Perhaps you live in a small flat or apartment, maybe you're a student, or maybe it's just you and you just don't fancy having one!

My faves are this feather one from Anthropologie which is just so stylish and I also love the Christmas tree sticker from Spin Collective- its such a clever idea!


The White Company
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Spin Collective at My Living space.

Are you having the traditional tree this year?

Rachie xo

December 13, 2010

Beautiful Christmas inspiration

Well we're getting close now to the big day and if you haven't sorted your Christmas table yet here is some more magical inspiration.

In fact this is so beautiful and christmassy I have to post it and if you haven't had the chance then do have a look at The Tracy Lau blog - it's really lovely.

This stunning Australian dessert table features a wealth of classic Australian desserts such as White Lamingtons and White Chocolate Tim Tams, and also White Chocolate Coated Strawberries, Dipped Wafers, Marshmallows, Cheesecake Pops and Tiramisu - Yummy!

These knitted blue stockings contained gifts for the guests - such a lovely touch!

Have a lovely day

Rachie xo