Home & Craft: Makes and buys for the best fes­tive set­ting

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Set the per­fect fes­tive scene this year with our craft ideas, buys and tips

1 Mix & Match

Not enough chairs to go round? No prob­lem! Gather all your seat­ing at the table, in­clud­ing benches, and co­or­di­nate with match­ing cush­ions.

2 For­age For Free if you don’t want to spend money on ex­tra dec­o­ra­tions, look for them out­doors in­stead. next time you’re out walk­ing, pick up some fallen nuts or feath­ers and save them for dress­ing the table. Clean them thor­oughly be­fore use, of course!

3 Christ­mas Can­dles Add a strip of fes­tive-themed washi tape to the out­side of a plain tealight for a cheap and cheer­ful up­date.

4 Beau­ti­ful baubles Not just for the tree, favourite baubles can be ar­ranged in round or cylin­dri­cal vases for a glam­orous table dis­play.

5 Learn The Ropes In­stead of us­ing tra­di­tional nap­kin rings, which can of­ten be quite pricey, use some thick twine or rope. Plait to make one long, in­tri­cate piece, then hot-glue or tie the ends to­gether to form a loop that’s big enough for your nap­kins.

6 Pile ’Em High For a fun cen­tre­piece, stack some presents on a cake stand and se­cure in place with a wide red rib­bon. Per­fect for build­ing the an­tic­i­pa­tion for some af­ter-din­ner gift­ing.

7 What’s On The Menu? rather than leave guests guess­ing, print out your menu for the Christ­mas feast to come. this is a great way to get lit­tle ones in­volved, too – ask for their help de­sign­ing it on the com­puter, or they could have a go at colour­ing them in.

Maxim white wine glass, £15 for set of four, Maxim tum­bler, £12 for set of four, Bistro din­ner plate, £6, side plate, £5, Bistro ce­real bowl,

£5, berry gar­nish, £5 for set of three, nap­kin, £15 for set of four, wire lights, £9.50 for set of 50, baubles, £9.50 for set of 54, all M&S

8 That’s A Wrap For an easy and thrifty way to dress a table, use left­over rolls of wrap­ping pa­per. You can just re­cy­cle it af­ter­wards, plus you don’t have to worry about the laun­dry the next day.

9 Writ­ten In The Stars to make this stel­lar table set­ting, sim­ply cut star shapes out of colour­ful pieces of card, then write your guest’s names in gold gel pen. Use a mini peg to at­tach the star to their wine glass or tum­bler.

Never leave lit can­dles unat­tended

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