Hosting Christmas dinner at your house this year? Want to make sure it’s a magical occasion for the entire family? Then you’ve come to the right place! Christmas is all about enjoying great food, laughter and fun with your nearest and dearest, which is why we’re here to help you set the perfect scene for your Christmas dinner this year.
We’ve written a handy checklist of must-haves for your table, along with some great decoration ideas that’ll help make it extra-special.
1. Tablecloths and runners
Before you start thinking about all of the accessories and details you’re going to add to your table, you need a good base to start from. Tablecloths are the perfect start, and because they’re available in so many different colours and designs you can really build on their design.
Red, gold or silver one are perfect for traditional schemes, but classic white tablecloths (perhaps with a touch of silver or gold) are great for a timeless touch and can be used all year round. Equally, if you love your table and don’t want to cover it up, opt for a table runner instead. These can add just as much style as a tablecloth, if not even more.
This is where things can start to feel a bit scary, especially if you browse through magazines with picture-perfect festive table displays that are ridiculously elaborate. However, things don’t have to be that complicated because with a few simple accessories you can really lift your Christmas table decorations to a whole new level. Some ideas include:
- Filling a bowl or glass jar with a candle, baubles or battery-operated fairy lights before placing it in a small wreath
- Creating a floral display with festive plants/flowers like poinsettias, red roses and ivy
- Using festive ornaments to add height to the table (e.g. glittering stags, Chr
istmas trees and cherubs)
- Draping garlands along the table, weaving them in and out of other ornaments
- Lighting Christmas candles on the table and around the room
Mix and match a variety of things, experimenting with where you put them on the table until it looks just right. All of these touches, along with the other essentials in this checklist, are sure to add drama to your table.
3. Tableware essentials
It goes without saying that no dinner party is complete without all the essentials you need to eat the food, but even these basic essentials can stand out to bring extra wow factor to your table. Here’s how:
Ideal for injecting colour or for enhancing the theme of your dinner table, place mats not only save your table from hot plates/drinks and spillages but can really add to the overall style, too. Go for a festive-inspired place mat or choose something more neutral that’s in keeping with the other accessories you’re adding to the table. For example, a slate place mat or neutral fabric place mat is perfect and can be used for future dinner parties.
You might already have a dinner set that you’re using for Christmas Day or you may want to opt for something with a touch of extra sparkle to really bring your table to life. However, even if you’re sticking with an existing dinnerware set, you can bring a festive twist by using charger plates. These are designed to be used instead of place mats and tend to be in different colours to add a touch of style to your table. Gold, red or silver charger plates are ideal but for an on-trend, contemporary look, go for bronze.
Finally, don’t forget to include side plates, small plates (for starters) and dinner plates.
This will include:
- Knives – including a bread knife and dinner knife, plus a fish knife (if necessary)
- Spoons – including a soup spoon, dessert spoon and plenty of serving spoons
For a quirky touch, why not tie each set together with some rustic string, adorned with a couple of baubles?
Final things to remember include glasses – red and/or white wine glasses, champagne flutes (for the compulsory Christmas toast) and tumblers for water – and napkins (in a colour that matches your overall festive scheme) finished with napkin rings.
Because no Christmas table is complete without crackers! Whether you’re looking for luxury crackers or kids’ crackers, choose designs that fit with your overall table décor. Put them in the middle of each place setting – making sure everyone knows that it’s the rule that they should pull their cracker straight away and wear their party hat through the whole meal!
Choosing your Christmas theme…
To help you decide on the colour, design and extra details of your Christmas table, here are some themes to choose from:
This theme is beautifully vintage and is brought to life with classic Christmas details and plenty of red, white and green. Think tartan, rustic textures, natural twists, classic linen and jolly Christmas characters. For the perfect finishing touch, add a garland with berries, holly, pine cones and fir.
For more inspiration, check out our Nordic Country Christmas Collection.
Elegant and enchanting
Bring a magical, refined look to your table with whites and silvers. Use a white tablecloth as the base before adding elegant cutlery and glasses alongside napkins, place mats and place names that are adorned in glitter. Finish with hurricane lamps filled with fake snow, silver berries and candlesticks to add height and drama.
For more inspiration, check out our Frosted Christmas Collection.
Bold as brass (or copper)
To create a luxurious twist, team darker colours with opulent coppers or brasses. Create the ideal backdrop with a dark-coloured tablecloth or simply use your existing wooden table as the base for your decorations. Choose a copper cutlery set that sets off the luxe look you’re trying to achieve, before adding to this with copper or brass candles, accessories and table decorations.
For more inspiration, check out our Starry Night Collection.
Rustic and natural
Finally, why not bring the outdoors inside? By using wooden decorations, animals and festival foliage you can create a magical woodland look, topped off with a dusting of glitter. Set the scene with candles that add to the overall enchantment, placing sparkling stags around the table for a majestic finish.
For more inspiration, check out our Rustic Glow Collection.
Don’t forget the food (of course!)
Finally, it’s all about the food (glorious food). Probably the most stressful part of Christmas Day for whoever’s slaving away in the kitchen but we just like to think of it as a huge Sunday dinner with a few added extras!
Hopefully we’ve given you plenty of inspiration, whether you fancy opting for a traditional theme or something a little different. Don’t forget to share your finished masterpieces with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.