Most of us make a fuss of the table on Christmas day. It’s the perfect excuse for getting out the family heirlooms, the best cutlery, and the white linen tablecloth that stays in the drawer most of the year. And most of us have some sort of table centre, whether it’s flowers, candles, or both. But what do you think about taking the Christmas table decorations to a whole new level with a hanging branch festooned with tealights, greenery and baubles? Now, I haven’t tried this but how hard can it be? A ceiling, a few small hooks, some strong cotton and a real life branch. And just in case you need more inspiration….
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Let the shape of the branch dictate how you use it. The one above is naturally curvaceous without side branches, so the decorations have been kept quite minimal. Battery lights twinned around the length of the branch and a few strategically placed glass balls are all that is needed. If you want to go for a more full-on effect, you could wrap pine branches around the branch and secure them with florists wire.
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Continue the table theme when decorating the branch. The elegant and traditional scheme above uses discreet fairy lights and baubles that match the colour scheme. If you have flowers on the table you could add a few to the branches too. If you have a woodland theme you could use wooden decorations or pine cones, with hanging tealights instead of fairy lights. And if you love a snowy scheme you could spray the branch with fake snow and hang snowflake ornaments along its length.
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If a branch above the table isn’t an option don’t be put off, just attach it to the wall instead. This one has a lovely hand-made effect with coloured balls, which are also used to hang on the chair backs. It has a faint folksy theme that is belied by the elegant candles and wine glasses. In fact this branch may well have been brought in from the garden just like this!
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Maybe a little extreme for the average family meal but just an example of how effective lanterns en-masse can look. The tarnished effect metal echos the lampbase behind and compliments the grey chairs and the slate serving dishes.