• Tying a cord of leather around a napkin in a loose knot brings an unexpected edge to the softness of the linen.
• White peppercorns – available from Porters Foliage and all good flower markets – last for ever and make a quick table dressing. Place cloud-like sprigs in bowls or single twigs on napkins for a feeling of abundance.
• Edible centrepieces are quick to throw together and inviting for guests. Leave bowls or cake stands laden with nuts and seasonal fruit – there’s a conviviality to be found at the end of a meal when guests tuck in.
Mug, £14, thedesignhunter.com.au Cutlery, from £5.99, Zara Home
Napkins, £44 for 6, Neptune
Platter, £10, Sainsbury’s
Placemat, £4.99, H&M
Leather cord, £3.20 for 9m, Hobbycraft
Faux berry stem, £20, Oka
Pasta bowl, £24, abodeliving.co.uk
Tumbler, £1.95, idyllhome.co.uk
Plate, £11.50, abodeliving.co.uk