FEASTS for the SENSES

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Entertaining -

DECADENT DARK­NESS

Inky shades can be just as ap­peal­ing as the tra­di­tional brights of the fes­tive sea­son. The key to this ta­ble, though, is not sim­ply the win­try colours in the flo­ral ar­range­ments and glints of cop­per, but also the stately height of the dis­play – noth­ing says ele­gance quite like tall can­dles.

FLO­RAL FLOURISHES

Move away from mistle­toe and holly this year, and in­stead take in­spi­ra­tion from Laura Muthe­sius and Nora Eis­er­mann of blog Our Food Sto­ries by dec­o­rat­ing with trum­pet lilies (right) or al­ter­na­tive fes­tive favourite, the poin­set­tia. Sus­pend your cho­sen blooms and fo­liage us­ing fish­ing wire.

HEIGHT­ENED HYGGE

In­for­mal styling puts guests at their ease while still giv­ing a sense of oc­ca­sion. Cre­ate a feel­ing of com­fort with crum­pled nat­u­ral linen in neu­tral shades, rus­tic stoneware and home­made wreaths and dec­o­ra­tions made from for­aged finds, such as this one (above), styled by the My Scan­di­na­vian Home blog.

SIM­PLE SO­PHIS­TI­CA­TION

There’s some­thing time­less and re­fined about white table­ware. Whether the style of the de­sign is tra­di­tional or more con­tem­po­rary, it gives any ta­ble a feel­ing of grown-up glam­our.

For sim­i­lar, try ‘Tolix A’ chairs by Xavier Pauchard for Tolix, £200 each, The Con­ran Shop (con­ran­shop.co.uk). Ribbed beeswax can­dles, £42 for six, Matilda Goad (matildagoad.com). ‘Full­talig’ matt black can­dle­sticks, £9 for three, Ikea (ikea.com). ‘Martin’ cop­per cock­tail glasses, £12.11 each; ‘Camille’ long-stemmed glasses, £10.43 each, all Crate & Bar­rel (crate­and­bar­rel.com)

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