Be inspired by the seaside and create an arrangement using pieces of driftwood, shells, starfish and sea fans. For place cards, write guests' names on handmade textured paper.

Tablecentre of driftwood, £10, sea fans, £4.95, shells, from £8.95 per kilo and starfish, from 25p; place-setting shell decorations, from £8.95 per kilo; coral, from £20 per piece, C Best. White narcissi, muscari, sweetpea and French lavendar posies, £15, Matthew Dickinson. Table, £7.35; tablecloth, £11.10, both to hire, Jones Hire. Napkins, £20; bowls, £38; dinner plates, £22; chargers, £28, Bamford. Knives, £9.95; forks, £7.95, Harrods. Wine glasses, £21.40; tall glasses, £4.45, David Mellor. Handmade place cards, £14 for 50, Cox&Cox.

As seen in the July/August 2007 issue of Brides.