There is something wonderful about bringing out the same decorations for your Christmas tree every year. The joy at remembering how each one came to be part of the box. We feel the same about the way we decorate our tables for the various Christmas feasts. We love to see the familiar table linen and placemats. It is sweet how the whole family enjoys this, the children delighting in the traditions as much as the older generations.
Start with the end in mind – that moment everyone you love is gathered together around the table.
Lay long branches of greenery, such as ivy and pine, down the centre of the table. You don’t need to make formal garlands – a quick forage around your garden will do if you’ve run out of time to get to the florist.
Use candle light to create a gentle glow. Simple lengths of greenery dotted with candles and fir cones looks lovely. Mixing a combination of tall dinner candles and smaller candles in jars works well.
Welcome guests in from the cold with a beautiful wreath on your front door – or as a centrepiece over your fireplace. Keep it simple with sprigs of evergreen, fairy lights and paper motifs cut from treasured Christmas cards.
Hang your favourite Christmas cards on swags of fairy lights.
Attach the cards with a simple wooden clothes peg, a miniature bulldog clip or flip them over on their side using the fold.
Place names look sweet written on a luggage tag tied with a piece of butchers twine and finished with a pine cone and a sprig of greenery.
Delight your guests with a little present on each plate, or a cracker, or both! We all love crackers. They really distinguish a Christmas table and set the festivities off with a bang.
Experiment with using traditional evergreen leaves in different ways – scattering ivy leaves around your place settings or twisting sprigs around night lights.
Why not add some Gatsby magic to your party with a Champagne tower? These glasses are beautifully designed by our friends at Coupe Stack. Pour some fizz into the top glass and the Champagne flows down like a waterfall. Let the party begin!