MANY HAPPY RETURNS
How we’re setting our table for our big day
• Frankie Unsworth, author of The New Art Of Cooking
(Bloomsbury), swears by ‘goodtime enablers’ guaranteed to get guests into a celebratory spirit. ‘Cosy candlelight, a cracking playlist and a simple table setting are sure-fire shortcuts to a special occasion,’ she says. Background music is coming (ironically) to the fore right now. For an evening do, think blissful Balearic for hedonistic vibes.
• Use centrepieces of differing heights for a charmingly casual table. And don’t set them in a straight line down the middle – the more jumbled they are, the more inviting they seem.
• Keeping with the disorderly theme, tables look looser when the linen doesn’t match, but go for sets with a unifying theme, like an accent colour or motif.
Carafe, £5, garden trading.co.uk Faux peony, £6.95, Brissi Candlestick, £30, coxandcox.co.uk
Faux dahlia, £10, Oka
Platter, £32, escapologyhome.com
Candle holder, £32, Heal’s
Coupe, £32, sohohome. com Cake forks, £3.50 each, creative-tops.co.uk Tealight holder, £1.99, gingerray.co.uk Candlesticks, from £22, alsohome.com
Napkin, £19.99 for 4, Zara Home Candles, £5.50 for 16, Paperchase Tablecloth, £65, alsohome.com Candle extinguisher, £24, Heal’s
Glass, £20 for 4, garden trading.co.uk