I quite like Sundays during the winter time, an excuse to stay home, eat and entertain myself by styling a Sunday table for a hearty lunch. Read on to find out how I will be designing my tablescape this season.
It seems we are spending more time at home with the fire roaring and the curtains closed, lights are dimmed and the kitchen is the warmest room in the house from slow cooker casseroles and home made soups boiling away on the hob.
This weekend has been no different. I pulled on my wellies and hurried a rather reluctant dog out of the door and took a stroll around the farm to gather table decor to compliment the Sunday roast I had cooking for my sister and both our families that day. Outside was dull and wet and we were splashed with rain drops as we collected snippets of holly from the bush. I made the most of picking the covered rosemary and took a bundle of hessian string from the shed.
I am usually a natural light enthusiast when it comes to taking photos but today there was absolutely no chance of that. So I set up my small portable studio light and created an effect to fit in with the mood. Slow Sunday style, a little shadow cast and hazy.
I laid the table with my finest Sunday china and used a heather wreath as a center piece. I actually made my wreath (see here) some time ago and it has started to fade with the elements on the front door so i added some fresh heather. Each guest had a small floral gift from the garden and a plain white napkin. When it was time to eat we all squeezed comfortably around the table and scrambled for our supper, chatting and filling our plates with lashings of gravy.
Comfort food and family on a rainy day is very satisfying.