How to create your Perfect Christmas Table

Whether looking forward to seeing family you haven’t seen in months, or opting for a more select gathering this Christmas, you can really enhance Christmas Day cheer with a beautifully set table.

Here are a few tips on wowing your guests before
they even pull the first cracker.




If you normally have an oilcloth or table cloth to protect your table, be brave and whip it off for Christmas Day!
Lay a decorative runner down the centre for the centrepiece and serving dishes. With heatproof table mats and a set of beautiful coordinated chargers, your table will be protected, but also look special.
Oh, and it pays to set the table the night before, if possible, you’ll have enough to do on Christmas day and having the table ready to go will reduce a lot of stress.



Set the scene for something special by preparing your dining area with mood lightingMake sure your Christmas tree lights are on. Leave the overhead pendants or down-lights off, if possible and create a cosy ambience with table and floor lamps and some LED flickering candles on your sideboard or mantelpiece.


If you want to be more fun and playful you can use colour-changing lights or coloured LED lightbulbs. And don’t forget to shop via this year’s online Christmas market for hand-crafted candle holders to add a festive sparkle to your home.



Think of your table as an extension of your Christmas decorations and your decorative theme. There are so many options for Christmas decorations this season, from traditional gold and red to jewel tones and pastels. So whatever your style, unify your look by bringing the colours you’ve used in your home onto your table.

So, if you have a silver and blue theme on your tree, or living room décor for example, pop a few baubles in a glass jar or tray as a centrepiece and use silver or blue as the colour for your runner and chargers.



Utilise a child’s love of glitter and craft and get them to make personalised place settings or crackers for Christmas Day.

This is something they can do a couple of days before, while the festive excitement is gathering and is one less thing for you to think about on the day. Plus they will enjoy being part of the table decorating whilst adding a lovely personal touch to your table setting. And if there’s one thing many of us have been reminded of this year, it’s to cherish our loved ones and make the most of those special occasions. So relax, laugh and savour the time with family and friends.



If you have simple plain white crockery, bring that pop of colour in by changing the table mats or chargers to coordinate. Feeling bold? Use sparkly beaded mats, deep red lacquered chargers, or bring in some Scandi touches with reindeer or snowdrop designs.

Or bring out the flower-arranger in you, using natural foliage, arranged in oasis in a tray. As well as the obvious holly and ivy, look for pine, eucalyptus, pussy willow and any dried or faux flowers.



Set up a camera or phone on a tripod nearby to take some photos or videos of the family enjoying themselves (and ask everyone to put their phones on silent and in another room!)

Christmas is a time for cherished memories, so capture them to share with friends and family you weren’t able to be with.

And if there’s one thing many of us have been reminded of this year,
it’s to cherish our loved ones and make the most of those special occasions.

So relax, laugh and savour the time with family and friends.


Posted by Hayley Allen
14th December 2020

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