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. Pale 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.
A 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 BredaMismatched 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.Commandeering 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.
Styling Ali Brown, photographs Simon BrownTweet