REVEL IN RED
Red adds warmth and richness to a table setting and, as a traditional seasonal colour, can also evoke pleasing memories of past celebrations.
Wendy Miranda at Lakeland says: “Red can’t fail to have impact and works beautifully if it’s combined with a nature theme, using berries and greenery from the garden or artificial garlands, and this year you can enhance it by picking up on the trend for featuring woodland creatures.”
TABLE TIP Create fashionable Scandi style with a simple red-and-white theme. Tie red ribbon and a red bauble around each napkin, and use the ribbon and a name label to decorate each chair. Conjure more formal grandeur by combining red with glittering gold accessories.
GET THE LOOK Lakeland’s inspiring tableware collection could sort out dining dilemmas. Red linen-look tablecloth, £34.99, and an LED-lit winter berry garland, £18.99.
Place settings always appeal. B&Q has red glitter reindeer, £5 for a set of two, which would make ideal name-card holders. Make a focal point of a red Santa On Sleigh candle-holder, £14.99, which has space for four tea lights, from The Contemporary Home.
Heal’s charming accessories include a Quail Robin salt and pepper set, £22, a toadstool-style Dotted Mushroom votive for a single tea light, £7, and carved wooden animal napkin rings, £12 each, which include adorable bunny and owl designs.