House Beautiful (UK) - - Style Planner -

Cre­ate a set­ting that’s ver­sa­tile enough to last for more than just the main meal. Start with a white table­cloth – heavy linen or damask work best. For a sim­ple Christ­mas Eve sup­per, use match­ing nap­kins and plain can­dles, then on Christ­mas Day, up­grade the ta­ble with a dec­o­ra­tive run­ner and gold-rimmed, pat­terned or metal­lic crock­ery and gold cut­lery. Or use plain white crock­ery on gold or sil­ver charg­ers. Com­plete the look with a flo­ral cen­tre­piece and tealights in glit­ter­ing vo­tives. Fin­ish with crack­ers. Plates, from £15; coaster, £8; pea­cock, £6; can­dle­hold­ers, £50 for two; beaded place­mat, £16; all John Lewis

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