As with any successful setting, pick a theme and stick to it. You could consider a woodland scheme for your table with trailing ivy, rustic wooden table and benches, even a log pile acting as a draft-breaker. Decorate a nearby tree or evergreen bush with baubles and lights to create an outdoor Christmas tree and use texture to add visual warmth – rattan, sheepskins and chunky throws do more than keep us warm, they exude a sense of depth which suggests cosiness.
Or be inspired by chic Alpine ski resorts – after all, if you can’t be there, recreate it! “Use mini Nordic pines in pots as a centrepiece,” suggests our stylist, Meaghan. “And work with a colour palette of frosty whites, dark greens, raw timbers and flashes of rust red.”