Getting Festive with MK Design and Occipinti

With Christmas just days away, I'm delighted to share a few tips and tricks I learnt at a recent Christmas workshop, hosted by Mathilde from MK Design and Ashley from Occipinti, with florist Tom from Agent.F. The afternoon was packed full of inspiration, all focused on setting a beautiful table - incorporating festive foliage and pretty name and place settings. 

Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog

Mathilde and Ashley have a wealth of styling experience and so seeing the tables that they had set was wonderful. We worked our way around the gorgeous Republic of Fritz Hansen store, looking at the different scenes they'd set using all the scandi pretty - including the Georg Jensen table, below.

Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog

Both Mathilde and Ashley shared their top tips for creating an eye-catching and festive tablescape. So if you're looking for last minute inspiration ahead of Sunday, look no further! 

  • Limit yourself to two colours - this will keep the table looking elegant and professional. 
  • Add in greenery - whether you use herbs (such as rosemary sprigs) or foliage (such as eucalyptus), greenery will bring your table to life. Plus it often smells amazing too!
  • Bring in colour with your textiles - to make it easy to switch up your colour scheme as and when you fancy, try sticking with neutral crockery and use the napkins and table cloth to inject colour. 
  • Get crafty with name settings - these look impressive but are so easy to do. Fold a little piece of card in half, hole punch on each side and add a sprig of rosemary to achieve the place setting seen below right. Or roll out a little air dry clay and use stamps to personalise a setting for each guest, seen below. 
Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog
Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog
Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog

Not content with showing us how to style up a beautiful setting with napkins and name tags, florist Tom from Agent Fwas then on hand to guide us in the making of an incredible festive centrepiece - in the shape of a foliage, herb and succulent arrangement. 

Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog

A mess was made as we all descended on the various foliage stems - from spruce and eucalyptus, to rosemary and lavender. To see a full step-by-step guide have a peek at Melanie Lissack's blog - it's definitely a centrepiece well worth having a go at creating yourself. I was amazed how quickly our arrangements came together, as we layered different types of greenery around and into our oasis block. The crowning glory came with the prettiest gold dipped sprigs of magnolia and eucalyptus and the lush addition of succulents. I don't have a finished photo of my own creation, but it's still alive and looking as happy as the day it was made. Now I just need to see if I can transport it safely to the south coast for our Christmas lunch! 

Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog
Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog
Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog

I must also mention the amazing food and drink that was on offer during the workshop too - my goodness, it was good. The raspberry and turmeric tea was warming and refreshing and the refined sugar-free brownies made by Cake + Cucumber were delicious. I think I went back for thirds... 

Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog
Top tips for a festive tablescape with MK Design and Occipinti | Gathered Cheer blog

What a perfect way to spend an afternoon - sipping Glögg, eating brownies, getting creative with foliage and learning the art of creating a beautiful tablescape - all the while nattering with a bunch of lovely likeminded folks. What's more, the goodie bag was an extra special treat, it was like Christmas came early! Big thanks to the goodie bag sponsors:

- JollySmith, Nuori, Iris Hantverk, À L'aise, Kay Bojesen, Tom Pigeon, Haws, Mind the Cork, Ola Jewellery, Muubs, The Nomad Society - 

Mathilde and Ashley will be back with more workshops in 2017, so be sure to follow them on Instagram to make sure you are first to hear when the dates are announced! (Mathilde + Ashley)

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Photo credits //

All by Ruth for Gathered Cheer

I was invited along to the workshop with a complimentary ticket, but all opinions and excellent foliage styling are my own!