12 days of Christmas / creative

festive place settings


setting the table | humphrey and grace

This year we have a few pre-christmas gatherings, the largest of which is for 19 and involves a spare trestle table and even more random chairs and stools than usual. Mis-matched, or maybe we should call it eclectic, is a look I really like. Our chairs don’t match and nor does much of our tableware. The thing that ties them together is colour (or lack of it) and I believe that is what makes it work! White is the way to go for us, wherever the dishes come from they can all be used together. We have plates from Ikea and charity shops alongside some more expensive ones from Denby and Sophie Conran’s range for Portmeirion, but they are all white. It also satisfies my love of so many different styles. So how to lay a place setting this year…?

festive place settings | humphrey & grace

I don’t know about you but we seem to have accumulated more decorations than fit on our tree. This year I am thinking that these giant glass baubles will be place settings, prettying up the table with a little reflective charm to catch the flickering candlelight. With hand written tags to tie onto their hanging loops using silk ribbons, I’m sure you are getting the impression that simplicity is key in my life. Less is more and actually these simple projects take so little time you can do hundreds of them if you so please.

festive table | humphrey and grace

I have used a complimentary ribbon for the napkins and cutlery to tie the theme together both with colour and material. The selection of plates and cups may vary from place to place, I like to think of that as character or charm… As for dining, well, bring and share is the name of the game this year. With a little guidance and direction for our largest gathering we should have a 4 course meal with more choices than I could prepare alone. And a Christmassy cocktail or two…

I’d love to see your ideas for the table, please do share with #12daysoffaffing on Instagram.

Julia xx

ribbons from Fleuropean – flowers from Quince


4 comments on “festive place settings”

  1. More loveliness Julia – such pretty styling. And 19 people – how terrifying!! I’m in awe. Hope you’ve managed to get a little time to yourself amidst the busyness. Z xxx

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