The Insider: How to decorate your festive table
Sunday 18 December 2011
Swish yuletide table settings don't have to be posh or pricey. Don't buckle under peer pressure to panic-buy the White Company's entire window display on your credit card. Instead, press the consumerist pause button and think creatively...
Make your mark
For frill-free place settings, Jane Toft, editor of cool craft magazine Mollie Makes, suggests a brown-paper tablecloth (WH Smith sells rolls; you may need to tape strips together on the underside). With a black marker, draw outlines of cutlery and plates for each guest (a cardboard template for your fork might help). Illuminate with tealights in mismatched glasses. Très utility chic.
Raise your glass
Toft's centrepiece tip is simple, too: fill glass vases or cloches with same-coloured decorations. They shouldn't shape match: mix round, squiggly, odd, chic, giant and mini. Line jars in a row (different shades in each) for maximum impact.
Take a bow
Striking, but stupidly simple: buy a big reel of broad, black ribbon and tie a bow around plate, napkin and cutlery for each place setting. (Not great with red – be bold with less-clichéd monochrome; it'd work equally well with random vintage crockery, as black is a great anchor.)
"Scrabble tiles spelling out place names are fun," continues Toft, "especially if you can ferret out enough tile holders for each guest."
Matchboxes covered in nice paper and filled with little treats or after-dinner mints make a thoughtful touch on plates. At drawpilgrim.com you can, for a few quid, download and print some old-style illustrative covers. Intended as a quirky Advent calendar, you can even upcycle them next year.
Find Kate's blog on affordable interiors at yourhomeislovely.com
Life & Style blogs
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 1 Russell Brand accuses FOX News anchor Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
- 2 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness – including don’t try to convert other people
- 3 Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Midfielder set to force through move to Louis van Gaal's Red Devils - reports
- 4 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- < Previous
- Next >
£35000 - £40000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: .Mid Level V...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Competitive Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Dig...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Car, Medical, Fuel + More!: Progressive Recruitmen...
£50000 - £60000 per annum + benefits: Progressive Recruitment: An absolutely o...