Well hello! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and that you are enjoying these days in between – what is it they call it now? Twixmas? I think!

I meant to write this post before Christmas, but it all got busy, so am doing it now. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter what time of year it is. The principles are the same. Finding inexpensive and effective ways of styling a table, making a few clever swaps for less expensive items, whether it be for a party of 6 or 60!!

I’m a bit of a traditionalist at heart and like to keep things simple, so to start with a white tablecloth is a must for me, so here I have used a French vintage linen sheet, which is my current favourite and keeps the look a little less formal. The plates and glassware are from Ikea & I just love these Skandi style plates.

I had seen some amazing silver beaded table mats in the White Company but they were a little bit on the expensive side, so I had a look around and eventually found some in Dunelm. The ones I went for are woven with shiny ribbon and so at a distance give the same shimmery effect for a fraction of the price.

Mirrors too are great for reflecting light, especially at this time of year when light is scarce. I got mine from Whittingtons, the floristry supplier, but again they can be picked up in shops like Dunelm or The Range. The mirrors also create an area in which to focus your table decorations.

Any kind of storm lantern is a great and safe way to contain a candle. This particular one is from Emma Bridgewater, but are available in lots of other shops too.

Baubles, pine cones & greenery, glass and candles feature too! The baubles I pinched temporarily off of the tree – I don’t think anyone noticed.

The greenery was free and from the garden. I picked a selection of Eucalyptus and conifer and just laid a few sprigs in between the baubles on the table. I’d picked some bracken a couple of weeks before and thought they just added another seasonal colour to my table. The cones were picked up on dog walks. Less is more here I think.

The the candles were from The Range. The tea lights are from my growing collection – I’m a sucker for a bit of mercury glass!! The cosier the better.

As a footnote. Here are a couple of table decorations I made for a lovely customer. Two seasonal arrangements for her Christmas Day table and a door wreath for myself.

Thanks for reading.

Happy New Year!

Anna

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