A small sprig of seasonal foliage or a flower from the garden, such as a magnolia on its branch, makes a pretty and unusual place setting.
Vintage duck-egg blue plate with gold detailing, £4, charity shop. Liberty poppy and daisy napkin, £4.75 (pack of 20), Meri Meri. Bird teacup, £32 (with saucer, not shown), Melody Rose. Green and floral saucer, £3, Sunbury Antiques Market. Cutlery, £34.99 (24-piece set), Argos. For other details, see overleaf