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A simple winter table setting

01 December 2015

Look outside for inspiration – and ingredients! – for a seasonal table setting. When Gina in Norway invited us round for her special winter stew, nature gave her a hand with the decoration.

Mismatched bottles and jars make perfect candle holders at a relaxed table
Mix textiles and colour to create a cosy, comfortable seating area that is easy to update each season

Flexible seating

Gina can fit 12 people at her table, thanks to her mix of seating that includes a bench. ‘I enjoy hosting big get-togethers. Most of the time, we spend the whole evening around the table!’ Benches are great because there’s nearly always room for one more, and you can make them more comfortable by adding cushions.

Be inspired by nature – cool winter shades and scattered pine cones help create the perfect seasonal table setting

Decorate with natural materials

Finding decorative things in nature can be fun – fill a vase with pine cones and scatter a few more across the table. Choose plates and bowls with patterns and colours that complement the natural theme. ‘I also collect old beer and water bottles of various heights to stick candles in; candlelight makes the table feel intimate and cosy, and makes the coloured glass twinkle!’ Gina adds.

Personalising your table settings will make guests feel welcome – and allow you to control where they sit!

Put down playful place markers

Make an everyday meal feel special by including place markers as part of your table setting to help each guest feel even more welcome – and ensure that everyone sits where you’d like them to! ‘I like to make a name card and fix it to a glass with a clip. These star-shaped ones are very festive,’ says Gina. 

A handy trolley is an easy way to deliver cutlery, glassware and plates to the table

Wheel it all away

When you’re catering for more people than usual, laying the table can be time-consuming. Keep everything conveniently close to hand with a trolley. 

A portrait of Gina, blogger, Norway

‘I like simplicity. I’ve cut up old fabric to make napkins; it’s easy, and I enjoy reusing things – it’s much less wasteful’

Gina, blogger, Norway

Made by

Photography: Adrian Briscoe 
Styling: Johanna Flyckt Gashi