Monday 15 December 2014

The Centrepiece de Résistance

We are nearly there now. I hope everyone has had a stress free run up to Christmas and you are all now just drinking mulled wine or eggnog with your feet up. Yes, I know, chance would be a fine thing.
In my previous post we went through the many serving options available to impress your dinner guests but the razzle dazzle needn't stop there.
Today we look at a variety of centrepiece options for the Christmas Table. Image via.

There are some centrepieces out there which would surely be talked about long after the last brandy has been digested.
In smarter households throughout history, no formal table would be complete without a showstopping pair of fine silver candelabra. They add style and glamour, as well as casting a lovely glow, to help set the mood.
A stunning pair of Edwardian Candelabra, made by Mappin & Webb. Click here to view on our website.
Though many people today don’t have a table large enough to accommodate a prodigious set of candelabra, a set of perhaps slightly more understated candlesticks would still create the desired effect. The fact that candlesticks are available in several different height options means that they fit nicely on most dining tables.

Of course this could mean, with the use of sticks, you could then add a centrepiece with flowers to really dress up your table.
Many might choose to use a rose bowl in order to add an impressive floral touch. You could use a low standing bowl or one with a pedestal base according to your liking. Some might choose a tazza to help elevate their display.

Something else you might wish to consider to really bowl over your visitors would be a stunning epergne. Most epergnes were really designed to bedazzle and there are some absolutely jaw dropping ones to be had. The craftsmanship is truly something to behold.
We have several grand epergnes on display in our shops and they are, without a doubt, some of the things that glean the most gasps of admiration.
A lovely George V epergne for flowers. Click here to view on our website.
Many epergnes will have glass dishes to use for sweetmeats and fruits or even flowers. You might find them with flower vases incorporated. There are some with an option to remove the bowls and replace with a sconce enabling you to turn your epergne into a candelabra.
Whatever the option, there is no doubt that having one as a centrepiece would leave a lasting impression.

If you really wanted your guests to remember your soiree for a long time to come you could amaze them with a sterling silver nef. The nef is a sailing ship, and it can be wheeled along the table after dinner transporting a bottle of port or whatever else you choose to set sail. That is something you don’t see every day.
A little OTT? Never! Contact for enquiries regarding this stunning silver nef.
All of the things I’ve gone through today would be guaranteed to make your dinner party the talk of the town. To view some of the items we have available, please check out our website.  Follow us on pinterest for some more ideas and inspiration.
If there is something specific you have in mind then please get in touch. We are always happy to offer advice and suggestions. Come and have a look for yourselves if you get the opportunity, we are bound to have something to beguile.

Whether you are having a large and elegant formal dinner or a simple meal in front of the telly in your pj’s, just remember, a little touch of silver will make the whole event seem a bit more magical.

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