Now that we’ve all done our Christmas shopping (haven’t we?), it’s probably time to turn our attention to food and table decorations. I’d like to say that our family tradition involves an early lunch while there is still a hint of daylight. Sadly that isn’t the case. But if it were, I’d keep to a fresh and simple scheme. Nothing to detract from the food and the company, and nothing that involves too much elaborate preparation. It’s not a bad plan at any time of the day, but it particularly suits a casual lunch.
Parquet Dining Set by Furniture Village
My ideal would be a light and bright colour scheme of white, wood and small touches of metallics. It is Christmas after all. And to give it a Scandinavian twist I’d add a few woodland creatures and some texture in pine-cones, cork and bark.
1.Barber & Osgerby for Royal Doulton, Olio Dinner Plate, £14.50. Dip Dish (set of 4), £30, All Amara. 2.Living by Christiane, 24-piece cutlery set, £180, House of Fraser. 3.LSA City Bar White Wine Glasses on Walnut Coasters, £42, Black by Design. 4.Lene Bjerre Tealight Lantern, £12, Houseology. 5.Wood Reindeer, £12.50, Debenhams. 6.Spot Tree Platter, £8, BHS. 7.Antler Candlestick Holder, £12.99, TK Maxx. 8.Rustic stag crackers (set of 10), £25, House of Fraser. 9.Pine Cone Bauble, George Home. 10.Stag Lacquered Glass Tea Light Holder (Set of 2), £25, Houseology. 11. Heart of House Tablecloth and Napkin Set, Argos.
And as the daylight fades, there will be candles to light, crackers to pull and more wine to pour.