Celebrations may take on a quieter form this year; from the gifts we exchange to the number of family and friends seated around the table, it is looking to be a calmer, more considered Christmas.
The joy of small gatherings is that the little details are given an increased importance - the final flourishes on the dinner table where families gather provide convenience and conversation; the subtle sparkle of a jewellery piece revives a favourite cosy sweater into a festive outfit. These little touches are a way to lightly and thoughtfully embellish our celebrations not only this year but in years to come - with precious objects that will endure, whose quality will last, and can be restyled from season to season or safely stored until another occasion calls for them.
Read on to explore our edit of finishing touches for festive season.
FESTIVE HOME FURNISHINGS
We are likely to be spending more time at home this winter, and so it is a good idea to curate a comfortable environment. This doesn’t require a decorative overhaul; a few added details can instantly transform a space.
Our Bamford Vases have been handmade in the Cotswolds, and are hand-painted with a coloured glaze reminiscent of snowy landscapes. Fill these stoneware vessels with a few sprigs of seasonal flora – perhaps something you have foraged on a winter walk – and place them around the home to bring a touch of nature indoors.
There is nothing more festive than the warm glow of a candle. Our best-selling Fig Leaf Double Wick Candle has been reimagined in a limited-edition festive design this Christmas, featuring a winter scene that would make a beautiful centrepiece for any table. Our Heart and Love Tea Light Holders are an alternative way to illuminate your surfaces.
Stars abound at Christmastime. The Nila Constellation Cushion Cover is handmade by artisans in India using traditional indigo dying and embellished with a constellation design, providing a hint of festivity that would elevate any sofa, armchair or bedspread.
Seated at the table
The dinner table is often at the heart of family gatherings. Ensure friends, family and guests are comfortable with a few additional provisions.
With regular hand-washing being more important than ever, it’s a good idea to have a bottle of hand sanitiser easily accessible for regular cleansing throughout the day. Our Botanic No Rinse Hand Cleansing Gel is available in a table-friendly 250ML or a pocket-friendly 50ML size, which also provides a nice takeaway for your guests to leave with.
No celebration is complete without a Christmas Cracker. Our limited-edition cracker for this year contains miniatures of our Botanic Bath Salts, Geranium Hand & Body Wash and One Morning Splash, which guests can use to create moments of calm in their day. The cracker is beautifully presented in recyclable packaging, decorating the table with a peaceful winter scene.
REVIVE YOUR WARDROBE WITH JEWELLERY
Awareness around the implications of ‘fast fashion’ and over-consumption is increasing, challenging us all to re-evaluate the pace at which we add to our wardrobes. Layering jewellery onto clothing that you already own is a simple solution to reviving our most-loved pieces - treading more lightly, whilst still looking suitably festive for celebrations.
The bee is a much-loved symbol at Bamford, stemming from our close relationship with Daylesford Organic Farm. Our collection of Bee Jewellery is a collaborative design between Italian jewellery designer Maria Grazia Baldan and Carole Bamford, featuring a bee motif in 18 carat solid gold and diamond. Pair the Bee Chain with Stone with a matching green Buzzy Bee Wrap from our Autumn-Winter collection.
The Madonna Necklace is in-keeping with the spiritual significance of the season, decorated with diamond pavé and available in both yellow and white gold. Wear on its own over a knitted sweater for subtle style, or combine with chains in varying lengths to create an elaborate, decorative necklace stack.