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 kept picking 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 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 bought 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. I put a white linen cloth on the table and 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.