How to do: Christmas dining

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THE turkey is just about to come out of the oven, and you’re counting out the plates when all over a sudden, shock horror, you realise you accidentally smashed one last year and you’ve not got a complete set.

To avoid the faux pas of having to give granny her own special plate, nab yourself a new set and treat your guests to fine dining at it’s best, turkey not included.

The Bolton News: FASHION\internet dining\matalan-2312-150.jpg fashion jenny minard If you’re on a shoe-string budget then grab this set from Matalan. The floral dinner plate comes in at £2 and the side plate comes in at £2.

If you’re lacking in the glass department then grab these from Matalan while you are at it. In sets of four and coming in at £8 per pack it’s easy to do the maths. Choose from cherry etched hi ball, cherry etched wine glass, the heavy base tumblers, heavy base hi ball and heavy base wine glass. You’ll be all set for festive drinks with the friends.

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If you would like to serve your beverages in something a little more unusual then hop into Next. They have this black lustre wine glass set at £15 for four.

The Bolton News: FASHION\internet dining\next-two-2312-150.jpg jenny minard fashion If you would like to jazz up the dinner table on Christmas day then candles are the way forward. Grab yourself a couple of glass ornate candlesticks at £14 each, also from Next. Great for getting in the festive spirit and less harsh than the top light, or even better if it’s a romantic dinner for two.

The Bolton News: FASHION\internet dining\tkmaxx-2312-150.jpg jenny minard fashion If you’re more of a mover and shaker then pick up this cocktail set and champagne bucket from TK Maxx. Starting at £9.99 this range will certainly set you apart from all your friends and maybe impress a lady or two.

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If you’re splashing the cash this winter then why not go for this set from House of Fraser.

The silver lacquer charger platter comes in at £5, the dinner plate is £7, the side plate comes in at £6, the pasta bowl is £7, the mug comes in at £6, the napkin at £5 and the reindeer placecard holder at £4.

If you need some glassware and cutlery then look no further with this platinum flute at £4, platinum wine glass at £4 and the 32 piece cutlery set at £70.

So there you are, all set for Christmas, now all you have to do is get through the mountains of food.

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