Round for Dinner

Easter Dining Special

Liberty homeware buyer Bryony Sheridan talks us through her springtime hosting rituals

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For our Round for Dinner series, we drop in on our talented designers, buyers and producers at home to talk through their dining and hosting rituals.

Spring is in full swing - and how better to celebrate than to gather friends and family for a feast? Showing us how it's done, our interiors expert Bryony Sheridan shares her Easter decorating ideas - demonstrating how to incorporate fresh flowers and statement serving pieces into a classic Easter table.

My Easter table is about layering; you want the emerging greenery from outside to flow into your dining room. I start with a patterned Avenida tablecloth, then add pops of coloured glassware which sparkle in the sunshine bursting through the windows.

This time of year is about having some fun - the Easter Bunny often makes an appearance in some form on my table, bringing friends from all over the world via Quail egg cups and salt and pepper shakers.

I like to serve a late lunch, taking it into the afternoon. Easter wouldn't be Easter without a slow cooked leg of lamb, lashings of mint sauce, redcurrant jelly and buttery Kent asparagus piled high - sometimes you can't beat a classic.

You should always indulge the table with flowers. Tulips are, of course, always a winner at this time of year, especially when they come straight from the garden. Ranunculus are another firm favourite; the rich thickness of the silky, blooming heads with the inquisitive buds epitomise springtime.

I always get creative inspiration from London's gardens and parks. I love walking down a row of terraced houses and spotting all the window boxes with primroses and primulas spilling out. The blossom has been particularly spectacular this year - nature's very own maximalist design.

Paring back with plainer crockery and napkins gives the table layout space to breathe. I like as much natural light as possible, fresh air (preferably perfumed by cut grass) and some modern jazz.

I love Gien - a French brand, traditionally made and all hand-painted. The pretty and delicate rims, with their chinoiserie and patterns, create a very nostalgic look alongside some of the new glassware from HK Living; fun champagne coupes with contrasting stems.

I start planning my chocolate nest creations and stock-piling Mini Eggs fairly early. Can you really beat a chocolate-covered cornflake nest?

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