If you're looking to inject your table with some sparkle this Christmas, these five tips from Highland Spring and Rosie Birkett could come in very helpful
One of the best ways to generate a cosy winter feeling is a naked flame. In the ideal world, we'd all have open fires at home, yet for many of us this won't be an option. Using candles of all different shapes, sizes and heights can create a sparkly, intimate ambience and leaves a feeling of warmth. If you have jars, recycle them - they're great for placing tea lights inside, and will also work as the perfect table decorations.
2 Create a chic twinkle
You don't necessarily have to use coloured Christmas lights. Strings of white fairy lights can be pinned to the wall behind the dining table, creating a special, stylish festive vibe. If you'd like to decorate outside, a string of festoon lights will provide a suitably wintry welcome.
3 Create a soft, rustic feel
Keep your eyes peeled for rolls of discounted linen or natural fabric that can be torn up to create makeshift napkins. There will be something indulgent about fabric napkins, but tearing them up gives you a rough edge which will keep things informal and fun, and shows off the natural texture of the fabric.
4 Forage table decorations
This time of year, you should keep your eyes peeled when you're in parks or communal green spaces. You can collect and dry rosehips, autumn leaves and stems of ivy to create some beautiful table decorations.
5 Handmade ceramics
These will bring something really special to the dining table, as they are handmade and more organic in shape and texture. Food can look much more beautiful when served on these unique artistic creations, as opposed to uniform white dining plates.
Tips courtesy of Highland Spring / Rosie Birkett