FEASTS for the SENSES
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.
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.
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.
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)