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6 steps to throwing a dark and cozy fete this winter

6 steps to throwing a dark and cozy fete this winter

Image: Andrew Boyd

Entertaining

6 steps to throwing a dark and cozy fete this winter

A sophisticated homespun Christmas scheme imbues a soiree with dark and dramatic touches.

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1. Scatter candlesticks and pieces from nature across the table.

The dining table is decked out with candlelight as well as an artistic arrangement of natural elements – seasonal fruit, pinecones and branches – reminiscent of still-life artwork.

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2. Add a cutesy touch to flatware.

Tying a simple ribbon around a set of flatware makes a lovely presentation for a sit-down meal.

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3. Place a sweet treat at every setting.

Mixed and matched dinnerware is topped with an unexpected Bundt cake-turned-place card, which adds a sweet inviting touch to the dining table. This set-up is ideal for an evening dessert party with digestifs and peppermint tea on offer.

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4. Opt for pared-back room decor.

This vignette features a minimalist take on the Christmas tree, showcasing a branch nestled in a pot and adorned with strings of lights and ball ornaments.

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5. Set the mood with twinkling lights.

A bare branch is aglow with the twinkle of tea lights hanging in glass jars. (To ensure safety, opt for battery-powered candles).

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6. Add a playful touch.

Simple paper chains aren’t so elementary when made with silver and gold papers. Draped over toss cushions in coordinating tones, the chain’s effect is pure brilliance.

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