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 ones 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 Christmas table runner instead. These can add just as much style as a tablecloth, if not even more.

2. Centrepieces

This is where things can start to feel a bit scary, especially if you browse through magazines with picture-perfect festive table displays which look 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, Christmas 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:

Place mats

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.

Plates

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.

Cutlery

This will include:

  • Knives – including a bread knife and dinner knife, plus a fish knife (if necessary)
  • Forks
  • Spoons – including a soup spoon, dessert spoon and plenty of serving spoons

   

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.

4. Crackers

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!

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 and shop the full christmas range online at wilko.com

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