Inspired by Sarah Raven to make napkin rings of cranberries and white hyacinths (hyacinths for the ladies, cranberries for the men), I used the same theme for the table centrepiece:
an ashet covered with pine branches and ivy leaves, strewn with cranberries and 'snow', with three hyacinths in individual vases to add a little height and fragrance. Small white bowls of snowy cranberries carried on the colour scheme, as did the place card holders.
The napkin rings themselves took no time to make - though as the florist's wire I had was very fine, I used a thickish needle to pierce the berries first - but the hyacinths offered no resistance of course. I made them all on Christmas Eve and they are still looking as good as new today. Sarah Raven says in her video that in summer she uses cornflowers in the same way as they also last very well out of water, so that's an idea I must remember.
I ought to say here, by way of explanation, acknowledgement and appreciation, that with the exception of some canapés, Mr. C. does all the cooking of the Christmas lunch, and a grand job he makes of it, and that is why I am free to fiddle around with the frou-frou.