With such a statement piece hanging above, it’s important to keep the table more subdued – sometimes the most effective flowers are the simplest. Paperwhite narcissi, hellebores (sear stems in boiling water for 10 seconds and plunge into cold water to stop them flopping) or small sprigs of flowering shrubs such as daphne or winter-flowering honeysuckle are perfect dotted along a table – and will also scent the room. with a blue silk ribbon.
Keep containers simple too – unfussy stoneware pots or bud vases are perfect. A few ornamental grasses – such as pennisetum or billowy panicum – will add another taller layer of interest. Scatter small, lichen-covered branches or cones (larch cones are more delicate than regular pine cones) around the table and add plenty of candles and tea lights.
With all these dried grasses, safety is key. Ensure that your candles are not positioned where the flame can ignite any foliage and bear in mind that as candles burn down they can also catch on foliage beneath them.