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  • 28 Nov 2019

Our top tips for winter entertaining

Our top tips for winter entertaining

With Christmas very much on the horizon, winter party season is swinging into action, as calendars fill up with festive drinks and dinners. So this week we’re focusing on winter entertaining at home. Whether you have a serene and spacious dining room, or are cramming in a group of friends around the kitchen table, we’ve rounded up our top tips for setting the mood with a beautiful tablescape.


Opt for a seasonal centrepiece

We love a focal point for the table. In terms of flowers, autumn and winter are wonderful for greenery and foliage - from festive holly and ferns, aconite, hellebores and thistles. Fill a large vase as the perfect centrepiece (simply whip it to the side if it’s getting in the way of conversation mid supper). For something a little different, opt for a lovely ceramic bowl,  and fill with aromatic winter delights - pine cones, dried orange slices and cinnamon sticks. A selection of ornamental gourds, will look lovely and autumnal.


Entertain by candlelight

Create the perfect mood with candles - whether you opt for chunky styles for the centre of the table, or lots of tiny twinkling tea lights, flickering candlelight is a fast track to an inviting ambience. A dimmer switch on overhead lights, or keeping the odd smaller lamp on can make the candlelight go a little further and stop your guests from eating in the dark. And, we love a mirror or series of mirrors in the space - these will double the light, add to the feeling of space and set a cosy tone.

wicklewood entertaining with candles


Candleholders and Vases

Go colourful with your tabletop

The enveloping dark of winter is the perfect excuse to go bold with your decor. And your tablescape is the perfect place to start. We’re all about mixing it up - layer a block-printed tablecloth with colourful woven placemats. Don’t worry about matching - the eclectic mood will all add to a lovely, warm space.

Wicklewood guatemalan placemats


Wicklewood hand-woven Guatemalan placemats and candleholders

Add interesting accents

We’re big on details and think it’s often the little touches that can really transform a space. So ensure your seating area is cosy and inviting - plumped cushions, folded throws, and then add some personal touches. We love hand-painted bowls filled with delicious nibbles, a decorative tray to hold glasses and baskets of festive accents dotted around, will all add to the cosy winter mood.

wicklewood tray candle holders and mali cushions


Colourful Indian inlay trays and boxes and Mali oblong cushion