Simple living // Dressing your Christmas table…


Decorating the dining table for our Christmas feast is just as important, if not more, than the Turkey! This year I am taking inspiration from Hannah’s styling of our SISTERHOOD winter supper.  Crisp white linens and napkins.  With a little added extras…


Next week I am planning to visit my local flower market to buy stems of eucalyptus and mimosa.  For Christmas Day I intend to strew them along the length of the dining table, a natural table runner, nestling in candles and mercury coloured baubles to add drama and sparkle.  Candles will be of course beeswax, lending a sweetness to the menthol scent of the foliage.


Over the years I have collected many candles sticks, glass and pewter, from a variety of car boots and junk shops.  I love the mix matched quality of them.


White plates and silver cutlery (not real silver, I’m not the Queen).  Name cards made from buff coloured card, hand written in my best calligraphy pen.  Each setting I shall add a small spring of greenery, with a feather of course, this time a white goose feather dipped in gold paint, for add sparkle.  Crackers from TOAST and of course glasses filled with fizz.


Food will be plated in the kitchen, and brought to the table, I prefer an uncluttered eating arrangement. Just simple, home cooked food, wine and great family conversation.

Images by Xanthe Berkeley for SISTERHOOD.