This year, I went on a course at Petersham Nurseries on Christmas table decorations and then I actually followed it up by decorating our table for Christmas Day. This was a first for me, as it just hasn’t been my thing. One year, I bought a blue velvet table runner and a relative asked why I had put a shawl down the middle of the table. Another year we sprinkled silver confetti stars around which I picked off the floor for weeks afterwards. I was determined that this year it was going to be different.
The table decorated on the course was stunning and I decided to do a budget version with materials from Ikea, supermarkets, and greenery from the garden. I had forced my husband into a trip to Ikea, (his favourite place….not) by requesting a new shelf for my ever expanding cookery books as my Christmas present. Whilst there, I bought some tall and some shorter fat white candles and some white filigree flower pots.
On Christmas Eve, I purchased three white kalanchoe at a knock down price in Sainsburys. I took them out of their pots, wrapped cling film round the soil and put them in the Ikea pots. On a white linen cloth were spaced the three pots of flowers down the table, interspersed with groups of the candles in threes, and two nightlights in silver topped holders that I had bought in Porto earlier in the year. I had also spray painted some small wooden stars and Christmas trees in silver (all from Lidl) and I scattered them along the table with a string of mini fairy lights woven down the middle.
On Christmas morning, my daughters are in charge of cooking the lunch and I snuck into the garden with a pair of scissors and cut some twigs of bay and olive tree leaves. Along with some trimmings from the back of the Christmas tree, and some silver baubles and mandarins, I filled in the gaps down the table. The posies on the napkins were made from sprigs of sage, ivy and hellebore flowers tied in a bow with garden twine.
I was amazed at what I managed to do and wanted to write this post because if I can do it, then anybody can. The challenge now is what I do now for Easter.