If you’re planning on hosting a festive banquet this Christmas, the table should be as memorable as the menu. Christmas 2020, after all, was something of a wash out, with most of us separated from our loved ones and not able to enjoy the festivities the way that we normally would.

Emmie Brookman, interiors expert and creative director of Silver Mushroom, has given us her top tips on how to make the table look beautiful so you can celebrate in style with your nearest and dearest.

Plan ahead

“The first, and most important thing to do is to plan ahead. You need to ensure you know how many people you are catering for, what space you have and where you want everyone to sit. Ideally, the host needs to be positioned at the nearest place setting to the kitchen to ensure as little disruption as possible, especially as they’re going to be up and down a few times in between courses.”

“It’s always important to note who you are catering for, is it just adults, or a combination of adults and children? This will determine what kind of tableware you should want to use.”

 

Pick a theme

“Before you purchase anything you need to choose your theme. Whether it’s winter wonderland or Santa’s grotto, your theme should be obvious. Create glitz and glamour with classy colour pairings such as silver and white or red and gold.”

Give the centre piece some sparkle

“The centre piece should be the focal point of your table as it’s seen from all angles. Introducing lighting is a nice way to add atmosphere but make sure to stay away from tea lights, especially if there are any children at your table. Why not introduce candles in lanterns and dress it up with winter foliage and seasonal flowers?”

Set up a dedicated drinks station

“Whether you like to concoct classic cocktails or indulge in a mulled wine, set up a stylish home bar filled with glass beakers. It’s a simple but practical décor idea that saves you trips to and from the kitchen.”

 

It’s the simple touches that make the difference

“No one likes clutter, especially when you think of all the items that need to be placed on the table such as crackers, cranberry sauce, gravy, salt and pepper, napkins, cutlery, etc. Make sure that every accessory adds something to your table, whether that be personalised name cards, or beautiful statement serving plates.”

Silver Mushroom is a family-run online store offering a curated selection of stylish homeware, kitchenware and wellbeing products. Items range from well-known favourites like Le Creuset, Denby and Kilner as well as more niche brands including Broste Copenhagen and The Organic Company. Presenting an edit of high quality and ethical brands in their signature Silver Mushroom style, they take a slow approach to creating a timeless home interior.

The company, which was started in a bedroom in East Lancashire in 2011, is run by sisters Rebecca Kane and Emmie Brookman, and is now targeting a £2m turnover in 2021.

 

All the products shown and many more are available now from www.silvermushroom.co.uk