The midpoint between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, the Celtic ‘quarter festival’, Imbolc, is a celebration of the returning light, growth, fertility and renewal. It happens to coincide with the Christian Holiday Candlemas, and the coming of Spring has been celebrated at this time for thousands of years – and I don’t know about you, but I am ready for it more than ever this year!
Both celebrations are associated with light, particularly the lighting of candles. Fire symbolises purification and protection, welcoming the return of sunshine. In the Celtic tradition, the hearth was traditionally extinguished and re-lit, with candles in each room and a broom placed by the door to symbolise the cleaning out of the old and celebration of the new. To mark the festival I decided to set the table once again for a simple, celebratory meal.
I started with the Angela Mugnai tablecloth I got in the sale just after Christmas (keep an eye out on her website for Spring designs – they look amazing!) as I thought it was the perfect blend of Winter and Spring with its ditsy edelweiss print. Tying in with the greens and reds from the print, I added red and green Fairholme Studio beeswax and soy blend candles to my Pops and Piaf candlestick holders. I tied my coordinating red gingham Angela Mugnai napkins with gold the Natural Dyeworks ribbons. Snowdrops are often associated with Imbolc and are just beginning to emerge; these indoor beauties are from English Potted Plant Co and are bringing me so much joy in their vintage pots!
I kept my vintage cutlery and crockery simple in white, gold and hints of red with a touch of honesty. On the mantle I’ve got Wax Atelier candles and Annie Brougham snowdrop and pussy willow prints in frames. A touch of faux fur, fairy lights and white tulips and narcissi finished the mantle. Happy halfway to Spring!
Check out my Instagram for behind the scenes of my tablescape.