The Christmas table is arguably the most important tablescape of the year, so we like to plan ahead and gather all our tableware, linen and decorations ahead of time. If you’re hosting Christmas this year (whether that’s the big day itself or a dinner party over the festive season) read on for our top Christmas table styling tips.
Your tableware doesn’t have to match
If you’re hosting a large group of people, don’t stress out about having a full set of matching crockery. Design an eclectic table by mix-and-matching complementary plates and bowls that may be different colours but look great together. Alternatively, we love the look of sticking to one colour but choosing mix-and-match designs. Our new White Pearl dinner plates look great paired with our white stoneware scalloped footed bowls and textured small bowls, for example.
Plan a statement centrepiece
There should be a ‘wow’ factor to your Christmas table, and the best way to create this is by planning a statement centrepiece that will immediately capture the attention of your guests when they enter the room. We’ve used our Brass Wire Christmas Tree to hang our Paper Baubles from, creating a versatile display that you can mix up by hanging different decorations. You could also try hanging our Paper Stars over your table to create a statement without taking up table space – great if you only have a small surface. Alternatively, allow your food to take centre-stage by placing a beautiful cake on our White Pearl centrepiece.
Give ALL your guests something to admire
Don’t just stop at a centrepiece though – especially if you have a long rectangular table. You want to ensure that all of your guests have something to admire, even if they’re perched at the end of the table. Lay a garland down the centre of your table and use this as a base to add twinkling lights and small decorations like our paper birds. Rather than just placing candles in the middle of the table, scatter candle holders or tealights all along the table, illuminating each place setting with a soft, flickering light.
Pay attention to your place settings
Make each place setting feel special, so wherever your guests are seated they feel welcomed. We love layering tableware, placing a small bowl atop a dinner plate to give height to your place setting. Add a linen napkin that complements your colour scheme and is practical while also adding a soft texture. This is the time to get out your best cutlery, and our gold set is perfect for adding that special touch. Pay attention to glassware and add both a wine glass and water glass to each setting – even if your guests aren’t drinking, it feels fancier to drink a non-alcoholic drink out of an elegant glass. And finally, add a personal touch to each setting: a dried flower or stem, a small gift or decoration, and their name written on a piece of card.