5 tips to a celebration-worthy Christmas table

Some of the best holiday memories take place around the Christmas meal. Whether your style is elaborate or simple, a stunning Christmas table setting is sure to make the silly season feel even more magical. Our step-by-step guide will show you how...

  1. Pick a colour theme

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    A defined colour scheme will add polish to your table and give you a starting point for decor. Red, green or gold give a traditional look, while silver and white add instant glitz, or opt for rose gold and copper for a unique and stylish finish.

  2. Start with a tablecloth

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    A tablecloth and/or runner will transform any old trestle table into something pretty. A crisp, white tablecloth is always smart but if your Christmas Day meal will be more casual, placemats in your theme colour are an easy option. Table runners can make a bold statement in the middle of the table and look equally as good running down each side of the table, too.

  3. Sort the crockery and glassware.

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    You don't need fancy china or crystal glassware, as the basics can be easily transformed with a little creativity in your table decor. For a more formal setting, a charger layered with a dinner, side plate and bowl set a sophisticated scene. You don’t have to follow the traditional table setting rules for cutlery; consider tying the knives and forks with ribbons for a chic look. Generally, each guest will need a Champagne flute for the toast, a wine glass and a water glass and if there will be little ones at the table consider treating them to miniature milk bottles with paper straws. 

  4. Nailing the napkins

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    Cloth napkins are ideal for special occasions such as Christmas, so consider sourcing napkin rings to really complete the look. If you’d prefer to stick with paper napkins they can always be folded nicely for a simple and cost effective solution. Try Pinterest for stunning ideas on how to fold them.

  5. Create a striking centrepiece.

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    Now for the really fun bit - unleash your creativity. A festive wreath is simple but stylish in the centre of the table and filled with pillar candles in varying sizes. Fresh flowers will always add romantic elegance to the table, while glass bowls, hurricane jars, vases and serving stands make great decorating tools. Stack a tiered cupcake platter with strawberries and cherries for a stunning look that doubles as a delicious dessert, or go for oranges, lemons and limes for a more ‘Beachside Bach’ take on the Kiwi Christmas. A decorative table runner is an ideal low profile option for guests to chat over - place blooms of flowers or greenery down the centre of the table entwined with battery powered fairy lights and scatter a few Christmas baubles in the mix for a festive finish.

Top Tip: Set the table on Christmas Eve so that you can ease into Christmas morning without fretting about missing napkins or cutlery.

Read our articles on Styling your Dining Room and Styling the Living Room

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