The festive season brings friends & family together to enjoy each other's company away from the stress of everyday life. Therefore it is important to create an atmosphere which is conducive to people relaxing. Preparation is the key to avoid a stressed out hostess & guests.
For me, music is an essential ingredient as well as visual and sensory experience. Scented candles both on the dining table and in surrounding rooms, real flowers in varying heights and style of vases.
I love filling oversized chinoiserie vases with white lilies and eucalyptus , glass hurricanes with fresh pine needles and red flowers. For the table centrepieces i favour small vases of fresh cut hydrangeas so that you see each other and conversation flows. Overlay this with food and wine or beverage of choice and the magic begins.