There’s no doubt that the festive table is the epicenter of Christmas celebrations – the go to place to gather friends + family, wrap presents, eat, drink and be merry! We set a challenge to some of our friends over in the UK to share with us how they’ll be using their tables in a holiday series, The 12 Days of Christmas, which we’ll be sharing with you over the coming days.

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

Day 1 – Teri Muncey of The Lovely Drawer

“I’m not a lover of Winter with it’s lack of light and bitter chills but the Festive period definitely breathes life into this bleak season. Everyone has their own traditions from the food you have, to the decorations you put up, to the films you watch and then there’s the fun of creating new traditions. I love how Christmas brings people together, with friends and family celebrating under one roof, enjoying good company and good food. So much happens around the table this time of year in our home as I’m sure is the same with many and my favourite kind of evening is one that involves cheese, wine and glimmering candles.”

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

“I styled up my Christmas table around the idea of my perfect Christmas evening, trying to create something special whilst still having a relatively laid back feel. I go for morning walks most days even in Winter. I become the strange looking lady poking around on the floor in the park, scavenging for broken twigs, branches and green foliage to take home at this time every year. All these natural elements and greenery inspired my whole table top. These foraged keepsakes went really nicely with the textures in the table linens and the beautiful hand crafted look of the grey crackle dinnerware. I kept the colours all very natural with pops of red and yellow from the berries which I think helps to make the whole thing look more seasonal.”

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

How To Add Foliage to Your Winter Table

“The leafy backdrop was created using foraged branches. I collected a bunch of vines and leaves and just wrapped these around the branch working and securing with wire each time I added a new one. Use a variety of greenery to build up different textures and trail vine like sections so they hang down. It’s probably easier to tie string to either end of your branch to begin with so you can have the whole thing hung up as you attach leaves. This way you can see if it looks balanced and the great thing is there’s no right or wrong! You realistically will need to do this on the day or perhaps the day before depending on whether you’re predominantly using ever green foliage or not.”

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

How to Create Cheese Labels

“I hand lettered the cheese labels and used left over wire from the backdrop to create label holders. Take a strip of the wire and snip. Straighten it out by pulling it with your fingers and then start to coil the top round in a spiral. I gave myself full permission not to worry about being to neat and instead embrace rustic charm. Press the coil together and then you can sit your labels in and poke the bottom of the wire into your cheeses. It takes all of two minutes!”

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

Shop the look (US): Decorated Hobstar Glassware // Organic Shaped Crackle Dinnerware // Olive Wood Rustic Board // Center Stripe Woven Napkin Set

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

Shop the look (UK): Decorated Hobstar Glassware // Organic Shaped Crackle Dinnerware // Olive Wood Paddle Board // Center Stripe Woven Napkin Set

12 Days of Christmas with The Lovely Drawer | west elm

Teri from The Lovely Drawer blogs DIY tutorials and interior styling inspiration from her little West London flat. She’s also a freelance designer and can usually be found sipping loose leaf teas and obsessing over white interiors. Follow here on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

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