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The perfect setting

Shopping List
Black/white dinner plate, pounds 42.50, bowl, pounds 36.95, side plate, pounds 36.95, black and white balls, small pounds 16.50, medium pounds 19.50, large pounds 26.50, napkins and glassware to hire, all from Mackinlay Savy & Co, The Clock House, 28 The Old Town, London SW4, 0171 627 5455. 'Talisman' green cutlery, from pounds 67 for soup spoon, from Christofle, as before

Vietnamese lacquer tray, pounds 64, joss stick holder, pounds 17, bronze twig placemat, pounds 23.50, black and white napkin, pounds 12, green/gold round cup, pounds 25, all from Dickins & Jones, Regent Street, London W1, 0171 734 7070. Ginko green china, from pounds 25 for a side plate, Japanese lacquer chopsticks, pounds 85, and chopstick rest, pounds 50 for set of four, Christian Lacroix tumbler, pounds 62, all from Christofle, 10 Hanover Street, London W1, 0171 491 4004

Damask tablecloth, pounds 146, Christofle, as before. 'Taitu' and 'Natura' china, from pounds 17.75 for a bowl, green twig placemat, pounds 22.25, brocade napkin, pounds 23, glass goblets, pounds 30 each, 'Jour de Fete' cutlery from pounds 2.70 for a spoon, candles, small pounds 12.50, large pounds 17.50, candle in holder, pounds 27, all from Dickins & Jones, as before

Blue/gold wine glasses, pounds 69 each, glass candlestick, pounds 45, twisted candles, pounds 14 a pair, mother of pearl salt and pepper, pounds 8.75, mother of pearl spoon, pounds 4.50, R Turner 'Seahorse' china, from pounds 17.50 for a side plate, pewter lay plate, pounds 45, white linen napkin, pounds 9.75, napkin ring, pounds 7.75, 'Jour de Fete' blue handled cutlery, from pounds 2.70 for a spoon, all from Dickins & Jones, as before