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Set a welcoming tone

As the nights draw in and frost takes hold of the garden, nothing beats the comfort of your warm, cosy home. This is the perfect time of the year to light a fire, gather family and friends and enjoy a grand dinner party in traditional style. Great entertaining starts with a magical setting and creating it has never been easier, thanks to Sainsbury's new Red Traditional homeware range. The range makes the most of the season's rich, traditional colours, with a huge selection of home accessories and soft furnishings in timeless prints that instantly give your home an inviting feel. 
To create the right mood, choose a winter colour scheme where rich red hues are highlighted by deep greens and a spot of gold. Classic tartan patterns, which are bang on trend this season, are a perfect way to bring in traditional red hues, especially if underscored by solid colour accents.
The table is the obvious focal point at any dinner party, particularly in winter when it's dark outside and all the entertaining takes place indoors. Dress it to impress with mix-and-match tableware, vintage glasses, silverware and an elegant runner (or, for a more formal occasion, tablecloth) in a traditional print, such as Sainsbury's classic cream runner with red stripes. There is even a selection of tartan crockery that's easy to combine with your own dinnerware while giving your table a trendy plaid makeover.
Often overlooked, lighting is also key to creating the right atmosphere. A warm diffused glow is perfect for a dinner party - think low-level lighting and pretty candle arrangements.
Tie off the look with floral displays in a palette that echoes your d├ęcor - an arrangement of red roses and jewel-green foliage creates a luxurious, elegant centrepiece, but you can also take inspiration from your garden and combine evergreen branches, pinecones and seasonal berries.

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