We always eat in the kitchen, including at Christmas, because it is warm and spacious, but the downside is the mess that making a feast naturally creates, in a room that is very much ” a work in progress”. So, to counteract this, we have lots of fairy lights and candles on the table during festivities, and we turn the main lights off and then the debris and unplastered walls (where we have walls) hopefully slip out of view.
The giant wreath is about 3 feet across and this made it a big awkward to begin the wreath as the willow I was cutting from our willow arch was not long enough or more to the point not long enough and still bendy enough to be coaxed into a round. So I spliced three lengths together by cutting a slit in each one and threading the next one through making a triangle then I began winding more willow around and around tucking in and adding new pieces, whilst thinking round thoughts!, until I had a reasonably strong circle. Then I cut lots of bay (we have a massive bay tree) and worked that into the wreath – I chose bay because it is lovely to look at, evergreen, smells nice, but mostly because this will be over our dinner table, it is nice to think that if any bits fall off they are edible!
The wreath was tied with jute and hung chandelier style and then the lights were brought along the mantelpiece, along a beam and round the wreath.
I like the way it looks, and it cost nothing but some happily spent time.