The winter season is upon us and today, I am sharing my ideas on how to present a winter table setting. Lighting is key, along with a good selection of food. With these two key items, I would say you are ready to go. I love the idea of an open roaring fire, cosy socks around our toes and lashings of red wine. Very dreamy!
When laying a dinner table, I always use my finest china. Props and table decor have been gathered from my garden and I find it easy to work with nature. We live in an 18th-century farmhouse so rustic decor is all around us. Our countryside offers plenty of table detail, you just have to find and collect. Next time you are out walking, take a look around you and try to spot something that will add a touch of magic to the dinner table. This time of year you may find some winter berries or a piece of holly.
I have used hessian as a cuttlery wrap as I would like to save my cotton napkins until Christmas. By unravelling the hessian cloth slightly I have gained a piece of string to tie my dwarf sunflower. Although we may be sailing into Winter, I find myself still gathering small sunflower heads from the garden. Let the sunflower head dry out in the warmth and collect those seeds for your next planting season.
This Summer a lot of my styling was inspired by wood and with 2017 introducing the Hygae feel into our British homes, I feel this trend meandering its way into Christmas also. A wooden chopping board looks great as a presentation platted. Round chunks of tree log serve condiments accordingly and miniature logs work wonderfully as coasters. I have been collecting many in all shapes and sizes. One key point to bear in mind when collecting is to make sure your log has a flat surface to cater for the weight of a wine glass.
Stacking wooden pieces on top of each other is a nice touch. You may want to play with your setting until you find the look you want. For this particular styling session, I have used taller log blocks to accommodate candles. Eucalyptus branches picked from my tree outside have been placed down the centre of the table to add a greenery effect along with a splash of winter colour. I wanted the flames from the candles to be elevated away from the leaves. Introducing height to arrangements is a great idea if including a naked flame.
Last year on my blog I styled various projects. Click the link for more gorgeous table settings
I have also found a new love for white paper doily and you can buy packs of 100 from most party wear shops. I keep them in the cutlery cabinet and use them for many different purposes. As a mat underneath cake stands, as food mats and even to place around the dining tables as placemats for flower vases. They are an adaptable piece of decor and can be used all year round.
My white table cloth is actually a vinyl backed cloth from a local garden centre. You may have spotted this piece in some of my recent posts this year as it is a versatile size and fits most tables. I have wiped it over with a damp cloth and have re used it many times. The material is strong and lasting and also has a patterned doily effect. The vinyl effect produces a clingy feel to the items placed upon it, dismissing the possibility of any spillage.
It enlightens me to think about families coming together and sharing good food and drink, along with each others company. My family have spent many evenings crammed around the table, odd chairs to accommodate everyone and mismatched crockery. Those are my favourite meals. Laid back, impromptu and unplanned.
The kitchen is left with stacked dishes, having had the last drops of gravy swiped away by a wedge of bread and butter. Full tummies, happy smiles, noisy kids and annoying pets begging for scraps. I love the winter time and dining in the warmth of our own four walls.
Feels like home to me…