When it comes to Christmas festivities, many of our biggest plans for the day are centred around food and gathering loved ones together at the table to celebrate. So, setting the table for festive feasting should be just as important as decorating the Christmas tree!
To ensure you can achieve the perfect look this season, without any last-minute worries, we’ve collaborated with interiors influencer, Sarah-Jane of Just A Little Build, to help you create a timeless tablescape.
Take inspiration from your existing interiors. Don’t be afraid to stray from deep reds and golds this Christmas – even the smallest feature of a room can be used as a focus throughout the tablescape. Having a co-ordinated theme or colour scheme will elevate your Christmas table and tie everything into the rest of the room. You can even ‘borrow’ items from around the rest of the house to really bring the look together.
A crisp, white tablecloth is a must. For any Christmas table, a smart white backdrop will give the room a real sense of occasion and sophistication. Ensuring your staple table elements are pristine gives you a perfect base to build upon. A neutral base also ensures that key dining elements, such as cutlery place settings and serveware are highlighted within the scheme.
Take inspiration from nature. Flowers, foliage and candles in complementary colours will help to create an eye-catching centrepiece, and really bring a sense of the season indoors, without being obtrusive. Faux options can be just as stunning as fresh foliage and also allow you to enjoy the decorations for longer. Try pairing the soft green tones of faux eucalyptus intertwined with dark berries, thistles and subtle fairy lights.
Get personal with table gifts. Miniature gifts are a really thoughtful way of laying out place settings at the Christmas dinner table. Get creative with ribbons and flowers, string and wood, or anything that fits your table theme. You could even choose a special Christmas tree decoration for each guest, providing them with a reminder of the day for years to come.
It’s all in the details. Matching cutlery is a must when it comes to creating the ultimate, co-ordinated Christmas dining look. If you’re investing in new cutlery place settings and serving ware, choose a timeless pattern which can be used all year round. Silver napkin rings and minimalist coasters also add a sense of elegance by complementing the silverware and ensuring continuity across the tablescape.
Practical yet stylish solutions. Finishing touches like salt and pepper shakers, pinch pots, and sauce pots should be practical but tie in with your table theme. Make sure to consider condiments and garnishes early to avoid a jumble of sauce bottles, or mis-matched gravy boats, on the table on Christmas day.
Create interest with differing levels. A quick way to add grandeur to your tablescape is adding tall candlesticks and lower level tealight holders, so your eyes are directed around the scheme. Be careful to place taller candlesticks in between, rather than directly in front of each place setting – so guests can still talk with ease across the table. You can also position additional candlesticks around the rest of the room to draw everything together.
And finally, be prepared. Take the stress out of the day by making dressing the table on Christmas Eve a family tradition! Create a Pinterest board in advance to plan the ‘look’ and place any orders for new items to arrive at least a week before the big day itself. Then, just before you leave that mince pie and sherry out for Father Christmas, spend some time adding the finishing touches - like fresh flowers and foliage.
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