Simple festive table styling

I was recently asked for my tips on styling a simple festive table for a supper party. For me, winter is all about creating an inviting and cosy environment. Guests want to feel at home – relaxed, uplifted and snug. I loved taking the opportunity to get creative and try out new ideas.

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Here is what I came up with, plus you can read more tips from me over on my featured blog post over on Wayfair.


Fruit provides colour, is so cheap and each piece is different. Satsumas, pomegranates, figs (the inside is beautiful), apples and pears are particularly festive. I’ve seen painted fruit which I love, but in this instance I used egg whites, sugar and then sprayed them gold. Seriously easy!

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Candles provide a warm and cosy feel, whereas fairy lights ensures that it doesn’t get too dark. Tealight holders, glass jars and lanterns take up relatively little space and are easy to scatter around. I made the centrepiece using a metal tray, moss and six dinner candles. I love it and it was inspired by something I spotted in the book Winter Living by Selina Lake


Brown paper & card 

I always have rolls of brown paper and lots of brown card in our house. It has so many uses. For the festive season you can use it for name cards, a last minute way to cover up plant pots, or get creative with origami.

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Pinecones, berries, branches and foliage are all readily available this time of year and they are absolutely stunning, not to mention cheap. Rosemary, eucalyptus and lavender are my current favourites. Nature is so versatile too – baubles, pom poms, ornaments and glitter can all be incorporated very easily. 

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Enjoy! and happy entertaining.

E xx

A big thank you to Wayfair for providing so many beautiful products free of charge for this styling project.



  1. 2nd December 2015 / 8:15 pm

    How beautiful, it looks lovely & festive! xxx

    • Esther
      8th December 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks Kerry! x

  2. 3rd December 2015 / 10:49 am

    This looks so beautiful! And I totally agree that a little bit of simple styling at the dinner table makes the world of difference — even if it’s just place-cards! Love the berries and natural touches Esther — it looks so pretty! Thanks so much for linking up with us 🙂 #HomeEtc

    • Esther
      8th December 2015 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you Caro! Thanks for hosting – I need to remember to link up! I am rubbish! xx

  3. 3rd December 2015 / 12:43 pm

    This is so beautiful! I love using fruit too – sometimes a big bowl of satsumas is all you need, isn’t it? Your centre piece looks lovely, as do the little pinecone polar bears.

    • Esther
      8th December 2015 / 8:28 pm

      Satsumas are definitely a winner in any shape or form this time of year! Thanks Lizzie xx

  4. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    3rd December 2015 / 11:17 pm

    It looks beautiful, Esther. I love the centrepiece. I always have clementines in bowls everywhere at this time of year and they add lovely bursts of colour to the table.

    • Esther
      8th December 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Yes – agreed! and so easy to walk past and chomp on! Thanks Rachel xx

  5. Natalie
    5th December 2015 / 9:19 pm

    This is all so lovely. I love warm, cozy and stunning displays. Simple things can create the best mixtures! X

    • Esther
      8th December 2015 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks Nat – so quick too xx

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