We have a theory: to keep spirits high, lighting must be kept low. Think mood lighting, not moody. You want your guests to bask in the gentle glow of flickering candelight, not squint across the table from each other. Flowers are essential. Try vases and containers of different heights dotted down the length of the table, but remember to keep your floral centrepieces low; tall arrangements make it hard for guests to see each other. We love Rajnigandha, or tuberose, on our tables.
While a beautiful tablecloth is always wonderful, we think using a runner feels more relaxed. We used one made of natural jute fibre with a little pop of lime round its edges for texture and the merest whisper of colour. Layers of white on white are classic, and when you’re using cool stoneware, it feels fresh, not fusty. And it’s the little details that your guests will remember: a handwritten menu feels special, but can be pulled together in very little time.