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Christmas Music table name ideas – pt 3

Christmas table name ideas from music

Christmas Music table names – music and songs are a key part of the festive period. As such it’s a great source of inspiration for many fun table name ideas. Whether it be modern songs, retro songs, Christmas carols or hymns, any of these could bring an extra touch of Christmas to a party, wedding or other occasion by using them as table names.

Of course there are plenty of other ideas and recently I’ve been going through these. There’s been two previous posts (Click one or two to see them). The first covered the weather and reindeer names while the second focused on seasonal and festive food. These posts are meant to give ideas for table names but this one is going to have a focus on music so you might well be able to base a playlist off it or use it as ideas for quiz questions.

I’m looking at table names as I make bespoke wedding and event stationery and I often get asked for suggestions. You can visit Artemis Stationery here, the link goes to the bespoke Christmas stationery collection page.

Winter snow picture of a frost covered church in Sweden for card design
Winter snow picture of a frost covered church in Sweden for card design

Photos on this page are from our print store Artemis Prints. See the store here for lots of great Christmas and printed items with all original designs.

Christmas Carols and Older songs
Auld Lang Syne – words by Robert Burns
Away in a Manger
Deck the Halls – Thomas Oliphant
The First Noel
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Good King Wenceslas – words by John Mason Neale, music Piae Cantiones
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – words Charles Wesley (amended by George Whitefiled and Martin Madan), music by Felix Mendelssohn
The Holly and the Ivy
I Saw Three Ships
In the Bleak Midwinter – Words by Christina Rossetti music by Gustav Holst
Jingle Bells – James Lord Pierpont
Once in Royal David’s City – words by Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander music by Henry John Gauntlett
Silent Night – writeen by Franz Xaver Gruber and Josef Mohr, English translation by John Freeman Young
While Shephards Watched Their Flocks – words by Nahum Tate

Winter snow picture of a church in Mudford Somerset
Winter snow picture of a church in Mudford Somerset for card design

The Crooners and early/mid 20th Century Classics
Do You Hear What I Hear – Bing Crosby
Frosty the Snowman – Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson 1950
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland 1944
Jingle Bell Rock – Joe Beal and Jim Boothe 1957
Let it Snow – words by Sammy Cahn and music by Jule Styne, 1945
Marshmallow World – Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra 1966
The Little Drummer Boy – Katherine K. Davis 1957
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole 1961
Winter Wonderland – words by Richard B Smith music by Felix Bernard, 1934
White Christmas

More Modern
All I want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff 1994
Christmas is All Around – Billy Mack 2003
Christmas Wrapping – Spice Girls 1998
Don’t Shoot Me, Santa – The Killers 2007
Do they Know it’s Christmas Time? – Band Aid 1984
Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea 1988
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues 1987
Happy Xmas War is Over – John Lennon 1971
I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard 1973
Last Christmas – Wham 1984
Little St Nick – The Beach Boys
Merry Christmas Darling – The Carpenters
Merry Christmas Everybody – Slade 1980
Mistle Toe and Wine – Cliff Richard 1988
O Holy Night – Celine Dion 1988
Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie 1980
Wonderful Christmastime – Paul McCartney

The earlier songs tend to show who created the song where, later songs tend to show who performed it.

Sources
Wikipedia
The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/dec/22/consumer-christmas-music-sales-royalties
About.com http://top40.about.com/od/holidaymusic/tp/Top-100-Christmas-Songs.htm

Christmas & Winter Table Names 2

Northpole, snowmen and polar bear Christmas card design from our print store, Artemis Prints

This is post 2 of my attempt to illustrate some potential names for tables at weddings and other events on the festive period.

This post is going to concentrate on food and drink and as such can serve as ideas for what to serve your guests as well as how to name your tables.

Festive food!
Starting with the obvious that probably need no explanation:
Mince pies
Turkey
Yule log (one of my personal favourite things if you get a good one with fudgy chocolate icing)
Cranberry sauce
Pigs in Blankets – bacon wrapped mini sausages. Could make a useful canapé.
Angels on Horseback – oysters wrapped in bacon
Devils on Horseback – prunes or pitted dates wrapped in bacon
Christmas Pudding
Brandy Butter
Roasted Chestnuts
Pumpkin Pie
Roast Goose
Sugar Plum
Stollen
Wassail – another name for mulled cider. Drunk during a drinking ritual to promote a good apple harvest the next year.
Hot Chocolate
Christmas Ham – started as German tribute to the god Freyr but carried on by the Catholic church as a test for converts for Judaism.
Figgy Pudding – as mentioned in the Christmas carol “We wish you a merry Christmas”
Peppermint Bark – peppermint candy pieces on white chocolate on dark chocolate
Spiced beef – form of salt beef cured with spice and boilded in stout such as guiness. Popular in Ireland.

More Global Christmas foods
Struffoli – Neapolitan dish served at Christmas and Easter. Sweet deep fried dough balls served with things like honey, cinnamon, orange rind. Lot’s of mini doughnuts.
Szaloncukor – a Hungarian Christmas tradition – a fondant (traditionally flavours such as vanilla or strawberry) coated in chocolate.
Syltelabb – boiled salt cured pigs trotter from Norway. Traditionally served with Christmas ale.
Fritule – small doughnuts, though no where as small as Struffoli served in Croatia they’re flavoured with brandy, citrus zest. Contain raisins and like many doughnuts served topped with powdered sugar.
Krumkake – a Norwegian waffle cookie, can be filled with sweet stuffing and do get used as ice cream cones.
Lebkuchen – a bit like German Gingerbread.
Panettone – a light sweet bread loaf from in a cupola shape. Originally from Milan now eaten across France, Germany, Switzerland and South America. Often severd with a sweet liqueur.
Rum ball – German truffle like sweet the size of a golf ball, coated with coconut, cocoa or chocolate sprinkles they’re flavoured with chocolate and rum.
Thirteen desserts – French tradition of the big supper, the desserts represent Jesus Christ and his 12 apostles. Set on Christmas eve and remain on the table till the 27th December.

Festive Drinks
Mulled wine
Warm apple cider
Snowball – easily made with advocate and lemonade or go for it with a traditional recipe http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/theoriginalsnowball_93094
Atole – a hot Mexican drink comprised of corn four, water, refined sugar cane, cinnamon, vanilla. Chocolate or fruit can also be added.
Coquito – a Puerto Rican egg nog like drink.

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Winter and Christmas Table Names

Natale Christmas table name design used for Christmas blog post title

Christmas is just around the corner and even closer if you’re having a wedding in the festive period. Wedding time moves much faster than normal time when there’s lots to do and arrange, it’s a known fact;) While Christmas and wedding time at once just flies by!

Wedding table names can be one of the most elusive and difficult thing to decide. So many ideas and nothing quite seems right. So this post and the one’s which follow will attempt to help by throwing some more ideas out there. Working on Christmas and seasonal themes.

Title made from the Natale Stationery Range

Idea 1. Snow or Similar
The Eskimo words for snow at least according to Wikipedia is a myth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskimo_words_for_snow
“The “Eskimo words for snow” claim is a widespread, though not entirely correct, idea that Eskimos have an unusually large number of words for snow. In fact, the Eskimo–Aleut languages have about the same number of distinct word roots referring to snow as English does, but the structure of these languages tends to allow more variety as to how those roots can be modified in forming a single word” – Direct from wikipedia

But that doesn’t mean we can’t start on that theme exploring terms which are associated with winter
Snow – Ice
Blizzard – Frost
Permafrost – Snowstorm
Snowdrift – Ice crystals
Snowflake – Northwind

Idea 2. Colder Places
We could also go with Geography and select places that you expect to see some snow or are at least a bit more northerly or mountainous.
Scotland – Sweden
Norway – Alaska
Switzerland – Austria
Siberia – Denmark
Canada – Artic
Greenland – Iceland
Rockies – Siberia

But it need not be just countries and regions we can go with cities to.
Oslo – Trondheim
Archangel – Moscow
Zurich – Anchorage
Quebec – Montreal
Toronto (probably anywhere in Canada!) – Edinburgh

Idea 3. Reindeer Names
None of these have been too Christmassy so to finish this post we’ll go with something thoroughly Christmas. Read on, they need no introduction.
Dasher – Dancer
Prancer – Vixen
Comet – Cupid
Donner (variously spelled Dunder and Donder)
Blitzen (variously spelled Blixem and Blixen)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus’s_reindeer

If you need more there are new ones
Fireball – Leroy
Pablo – Olive
Clarice
Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_names_of_Santa’s_reindeer

More Christmas table names coming on a blog to you soon (probably this one)