How To Create a Festive Table!

A pinterest-worthy tablescape is one of those things we all aspire to at Christmas time, and the festive period is when you can really have fun and create a gorgeous table which makes your guests feel special, and ready to embrace the holiday spirit. 
Last week, I was at the Great Fosters in Surrey for their Taste of Christmas event, and was inspired by the festive tablescape masterclass by Lilys Flowers; the florists created a beautiful, very organic, glittering table setting and gave us lots of tips for how to recreate a similar setting at home!

Before we get into the table setting tips, here’s a quick #ootd! I wore my new graphic print woollen dress from French Connection – it’s a classic style dress which I just know i’ll be pulling out for many festive functions, as well as my new personalised Radley clutch bag.

Using a white linen table cloth as the base, the table setting was built up using chopped logs which can be purchased from places such as the Covent Garden Flower Market, or local garden centres (as well as foraged from the side of the road!). They are super for building height and layers into the tablescape, and create a base for this organic woodland setting.

The florists encouraged us to use flora and fauna that we have at home, whether it’s dried chinese lanterns spray painted in silver or copper, or an amaryllis bulb which you can cover in glitter. Fruit and flowers can be sprayed with metallic spray paint, or coated in thin sheets of gold or silver foil.
Collect jars from around the home, and tie some burlaps string around the tops to give an even more earthy feel to the decorations.

Candles add a new dimension to the setting, the flickering flame adds warmth and movement, as well as giving off a delicate festive scent. Mix in branded candles in their glass jars, with tiny tea lights lighting up their holders.

It doesn’t matter if things don’t match, and you don’t have to stick to one ‘metal’ colour. The setting here features gold, silver, copper and shimmering ruby red glitter.

Keep building up the tablescape and move pieces around until you have a setting that you’re proud of. Don’t aim for perfection! The magic of this table setting is that it feels natural and homely, instead of so precise and perfect that you don’t want to touch it!

The florists’ kit included glue spray, ribbons, glitter and even blue tac (to stop the pear table settings from toppling over!).

Finish the place settings with some ribbon around the cutlery – this gold hemmed ribbon perfectly blends in with the natural colour scheme of the tablescape, and is a simple twist to the usual place setting.

How will you be decorating your table this Christmas?