Having a beautifully decorated table sets the scene for the evening and makes your friends/family feel welcome and appreciated. I must confess I get huge pleasure creating any form of table setting however simple as I think it is an artistic process and very therapeutic. I love using herbs, lemons, limes or flowers and greenery from our garden with a scattering of tea lights and tall candles. Different heights and layers are what its all about.
I always have an arrangement of blue and white Chinese urns, candles and fresh ferns on my dining room table so that with minimal effort I can quickly lay a simple but pretty table for dinner even if it is just the two of us.
A few weeks before Christmas I start to think about a colour scheme and style for my table. One rainy Sunday in early December, with the help of a glue gun, I created the green and silver bauble moss centrepiece. I will be drawn to something specific early on in the planning process – this year it was the green and diamond bauble (I must admit to rarely steering too far away from my default setting of blue and green).
First thing is a trip to my local flower market. I try hard not to buy too many cut flowers and this year have filled the house and table with stephanotis, gardenias, white tulips and paperwhites. To make the arrangements last longer I put them away in my cold larder until needed again and add some sugar to the water.