My original inspiration for this table was a girls breakfast/lunch but as I started to pull it together I realised that I’ll probably recreate something very similar for Christmas Eve. When it came to picking my West Elm items I wanted to choose pieces that firstly I loved but were versatile enough to be used throughout the rest of the year. All tables need a centrepiece so I went for this gorgeous Brass Faceted Lantern. Layering textures and patterns are really important to my styling so I added this Embroidered Dot Runner to my basket. Napkins are an essential for a well laid table these Metallic Linen Napkins in rosette brought in the rosy pink colour I was after. Finally I have long admired cut glass tumblers in various stores but these pink Decorated Pink Hobster Glasses are the best I have found, they are the perfect weight and size for water or a cocktail.
I always have grand plans to DIY everything when I start a project like this but with a new baby my time has become limited so came up with two simple decorating ideas. First I created an undone wreath to circle the lantern, I formed the main shape using pomegranates and plums picked up whilst doing my weekly shop and then added heads of chrysanthemums in two colours to create a tumbled feel. Chrysanthemums are great as they are really cheap, last for ages and come in so many different colours. I also included the heads ornamental cabbages (from a bouquet my friend gave me) and I couldn’t resist these awesome protea’s picked up at the market whilst Christmas shopping. This ‘wreath’ took me about fifteen minutes to put together and looks wonderful – it can easily be assembled a day before you need it and you can eat the fruit when you’re finished.
My second and slightly more complicated DIY are the crackers (I’ll share a full post) last year I bought really cheap but pretty crackers took out the rubbish cracker gifts and replaced with little gifts I picked myself . I have done the same again but as I couldn’t find the colour crackers I wanted I covered some cheapies in brown paper (this was the paper my glasses came wrapped in) decorated with a little glitter glue and tied rough linen bows. I think they look beautifully rustic and it means a basic cracker can be elevated to something really special.
Putting this post together has got me even more excited for Christmas now! For the next few weeks I plan to immerse myself in Christmas carols, gift wrapping and bedecking any surface I can in fairy lights.