Classic Christmas table.
Start by picking a theme for your table. Having a defined colour scheme not only makes the table look extra special but adds a polished look. If you are not sure what style to go for, classic red, green or gold always adds a traditional look. Frosty silver and white looks cool, crisp and fresh, while for a more contemporary take. The Scandi look teams red and white with natural touches or team rose gold and copper for an indulgent glitzy look.
Silver and White table setting.
Get ahead of the rush and always lay the table on Christmas eve, so you do not have a last-minute panic on Christmas morning when you realize you do not have enough chairs or plates. Start by covering your table with a cloth or runner which not only looks good but will protect your table from accidental spills. Even a makeshift trestle can transform into a new unique Christmas centrepiece by disguising it with a cloth. Guests will never know it’s the emergency table once you have worked your magic. You don’t need the most beautiful linens for it to look good, a paper cloth can look just as effective as the real thing once the table dressed with its finery. Make sure whatever material you use it is ironed well (even paper) for a crisp, neat finish. If you have a heatproof table liner, you can iron the cloth directly onto your table for a perfect finish.
Once the linens are in place, add your crockery and glassware. You don’t need to spend a fortune on special Christmas china or crystal glassware to have a stylish table –budget everyday white china and basics glassware is perfect as it can transform with a few festive touches. It’s worth having two sets of china so that you can layer your plates for an indulgent look – a charger layered with a dinner, side plate and bowl sets the scene perfectly and once finished with a touch of festive foliage or a bauble looks super stylish.
Christmas table centrepiece.
Next, ensure your table is the centre of attention with a striking centrepiece. I always make my table centre. A florist friend showed me how and it isn’t difficult – you need a plant pot painted to match your scheme, some Oasis, moss and a votive candle. Gather foliage from your garden, sprigs of evergreen like ivy or holly. Add flowers to match your chosen theme (I love pure white roses with lots of greenery) or nuts and fruits sprayed silver or gold.
Place cards and napkins.
Don’t forget the place cards and napkins. Handwritten place cards are another simple addition that brings a personal touch – as an alternative to traditional place card you could tie a name card to each cracker, or write each name on a bauble with a glittery marker pen and place on the dinner plate. Napkins can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make them. A simple option could be rolled in a napkin ring or tied with a length of pretty ribbon, or if you want to impress your guests transform your napkins into fancy pockets for your cutlery or even an elf hat – it’s easy to find a tutorial online for quick and easy napkin know-how.
I hope you enjoy looking into how you are going to dress your table this year. Let me know your thoughts and ideas of what you might wish to achieve. I can’t wait to hear about it.
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