The Festive Party Animals Print is totally charming, I love the furry festive creatures enjoying sweet traditions so many of us enjoy at this special time of year - the sharing of gifts, beautifully bedecking a tree and gathering with loved ones to celebrate. It is so sweet, nostalgic and makes me feel very excited about being home for Christmas!
The Gold Stars & Moon Print add a glittering shimmer befitting of any festive tablescape! What I adore the most about these pieces is that you don’t need to save them for Christmas, these could be used at any time to add a little extra sparkle to the everyday, all year round!
Here I have chosen to use both prints together, as I think now more than ever we should embrace as much colour, vibrancy and fun in our tablescapes, celebrating and making the most of enjoying our time at home.
For me, flowers on the table are an absolute essential, whatever the occasion! I am passionate about bringing nature inside - whether it is a simple bunch of flowers picked up at the supermarket or a couple of snips of foliage from the garden - as it not only transforms your home and brings joy to your tablescape, it is also an instant mood boost!
I like to use old jam jars and bud vases to create nice low arrangements (anything too tall gets in the way of chit-chat across the table!) that are still super impactful with minimal effort. Here are my failsafe go-to tips…
When choosing your flowers, try to use seasonal blooms and foliage that will complement your table linen. Here I have used a palette of traditional merry reds with softer blushy pinks, creamy Wintery whites, with lots of rich and textured garden foliage.
Add all of your foliage to the bud vase first, keeping everything quite loose and wild. You will need about five stems. I like to use lots of different types to add interest to the arrangement. Here I have used Rosemary, Berried Ivy and Holly.
Next add your ‘filler’ flowers (these are stems with smaller flower heads). Make sure that you have a little bit of colour and prettiness dotted throughout the arrangement, so turn your bud vase as you add these in. You will need about five stems. Here I have used Waxflower, Spray Roses and Astrantia.
Next add your ‘showstopper’ flowers (stems with big bold flowers). These are the blooms you really want to show off, so use in places that will really catch your eye! You will only need two or three stems. Here I have used a mixture of Roses, Ranunculus, Anemone and Carnations.
Repeat until you have filled enough jam jars and bud vases to fill the length of your table.
Lay the Table
With so many of us spending a lot more time at home, I think it is so important to make the everyday feel extra special. For me, this means cracking out the best table linen, laying a proper setting with pretty plates and glistening glasses, and of course adding blooms and a few extra flourishes!
Here I have layered the Festive Party Animals Print tablecloth with the Gold Stars & Moon Print runner. The contrast of the prints is so playful and literally sets the scene for a festive fiesta!
I have focused on the twinkling Gold Stars & Moon Print at each place setting with the plateware, glassware and napkins, which I’ve contrasted with the Festive Party Animal Print coasters and side plates. The combination of colours is so joyful and perfect for this time of year!
FLOWERS & FINAL FLOURISHES
The bud vases of blooms can be dotted along the centre of the table, on top of the runner, to create a striking centrepiece!
Lighting is so often overlooked but is vital for creating a dreamy tablescape – I love to use a combination of battery powered fairylights to add twinkle and taper candles and tealights to add a rosy glow. Layering these different levels of lighting adds extra magic!
Finally, as ‘tis the season, I like to nestle in a few hidden (edible!) surprises on the table. Nuts and seasonal fruits like clementines, pomegranates and cranberries add a lavish feast-like quality, and gold chocolate coins are my childhood weakness, so they often make an appearance at this time of year!
WRITE THE MENU AND PLACE CARDS
Now the table is laid and looking resplendent, it is the perfect time to take a moment to sit down, light a delicious scented candle and cosy up with a cup of tea whilst writing the menus and place cards. One of the things I love most at this time of year is planning the feasts we will enjoy, and I always have a notebook to hand to jot down menu ideas and inspirations.
Here I have hand-scribed the menu in emerald green ink on some upcycled pieces of card. I simply punched two holes at the top and added a velvet ribbon tied in a bow. Pop these at each guest’s setting along with their place card to make them feel like a V.I.P!
Now all that’s left to do is light the candles, pop open a bottle of fizz and enjoy your wonderous tablescape!