• Design ideas for a celebratory New Years lunch

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    homes-gardens-food-for-friends-january-2017-10We create a convivial setting for a delicious lunch to celebrate the start of the year.

    After the extravagance of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, pare back the decorations for a light, fresh look, with plenty of pretty foliage, sparkling crystal and flickering candles. Pale, natural and scrubbed grey wood tones are the perfect base for this.

    Dining table, £1,310, Neptune. Dining chairs, £435 each, India Jane. Desert Silver rug, from £1,195sq m, The Rug Company. homes-gardens-food-for-friends-january-2017Pale neutrals are a natural backdrop for a liberal scattering of greenery. Here, even the chair backs are adorned with a pretty flourish of slender stems secured with a length of fine ribbon.
    homes-gardens-food-for-friends-january-2017-6A well-stocked and organised bar lends a real sense of occasion. Simply repurpose an existing cabinet so that a choice of drinks, assorted glasses and all the accoutrements are close to hand for guests to help themselves.

    Cabinet, £6,400, Justin Van Bredahomes-gardens-food-for-friends-january-2017-11Mismatched vintage vessels filled with white winter blooms and glowing tealights create the right balance of afternoon glamour and informality.

    Linen runners, £54 each, Once Milano. Wine glasses, £28, LSA International. Place cards, £7.50 set of 12, Pentreath & Hall. Apple place card holders, £175 set of eight with 25 gilt-edged place cards, Smythson.homes-gardens-food-for-friends-january-2017-7Commandeering a console table as an extra surface for the cheeseboard and drinks saves space on the dining table and offers an opportunity for a beautifully composed presentation reminiscent of a still life.

    Console, £1,859, William Yeoward. Leopard candle holders, £44 a pair, Oka.

    Styling Ali Brown, photographs Simon Brown

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