Forget fussy table mats - frame your plates and space for cutlery with patterned washi tape on a plain tablecloth for a simple, striking table setting.

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Washi tape, from £2.50, www.stonemarketing.com. Dinner plate, 40p; smaller plate, 30p; wine glass, 55p, and linen napkin, £1.08, to hire, www.joneshire.co.uk. Cutlery, £24 for five pieces, and candleholders, £5 each, www.westelm.co.uk. Arrangement (Sweet Avalanche, Avalanche and Purple Power roses, mixed ranunculus, celosia, viburnum and Alchemilla mollis), from £45, and bud vases (ranunculus and Alchemilla mollis), from £5 each, www.okishimasimmonds.com

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