Although it may seem a little way off right now, Christmas has a way of creeping up on you. Before you know it, the big day will be here and we can’t remember where we put the decorations, who’s coming for dinner or what centrepiece we want for the table. So we’re sharing some top tips for getting your table Christmas ready. First things first, plan ahead and get your crockery and placemats ready so there is no last-minute hunt come Christmas Day for that one dessert spoon or missing napkin. Plus, setting the table early will add to the Christmas decorations in the house and get everyone in the festive spirit!
We asked @LifeonJackLane, @no40_home_renovation and @TheGrayHome to give us their tips on creating a memorable Christmas table and putting together a dramatic Christmassy theme.
You’re after that Insta-worthy Christmas table that will wow your guests, without spending too much? Scroll on for three easy steps to a double-tap ready design…
1) Keep it minimal
Avoid taking up precious table space with decorations; instead, strike the balance between fanciful and functional with talking-point cutlery and crockery. Now’s the time to experiment with the trends you’ve been lusting over. Navy and gold? Take it away! Monochrome? Heart-eye-emojis all round!
2) Play with height and texture
The fast-track to festive-table luxe: contrasting fabrics and heights. Try mixing stoneware with tinted glasses, using a tablecloth or napkins to soften the look. Champagne flutes and tall tapered candles work well with smaller details like tumbler glasses and fairy lights. Another quick tip: stack a smaller plate on top of a larger one at each setting for a layered look.
3) Bring the outside in.
Nothing freshens up a tablescape like natural flourishes. Add a sprig of eucalyptus or take a few cuttings of conifer and tie them to your napkins with twine. For an extra-special look, make place settings with brown gift tags, embellished with the names of your guests. Tie to the napkins and let the compliments (and champagne) flow.
This year at Jack Lane, I’m going for a pristine white theme, lifted with pops of blush pink and deep-sea navy. Ambient lighting, candles and a playlist of acoustic Christmas covers will enhance the hygge vibes. I’m not one to get excited about Christmas before…well, Christmas, but styling the table is one thing I absolutely can’t wait to do!’
Geometric Metallic Tealight Holder (13cm x 13cm x 12cm)
Winter Forest Christmas Potpourri
Bergamot & Lemon Scented Christmas Candle
4 Pack Metallic Christmas Slogan Appetiser Plates (19cm)
Stag Print Christmas Dinner Plate (27cm)
Pinecone Christmas Tealight Holder (37cm x 15cm)
Dressing the table at Christmas time is important to give your room the completed look. My three top tips to create a beautiful Christmassy dining table are:
1.Colour is key
Have a colour scheme in mind so that the look you are going for is polished and flows. This year we are going for silvers and whites for a timeless elegant look.
If you have the space, a statement centrepiece can look really amazing! Whether it’s a beautiful garland teamed with some candles, or a vase filled with flowers and branches with draping baubles, a themed focal point can really help shape the rest of the table.
3.Dress your chairs
I absolutely love a good chair decoration! I think decorating the back of a chair in your chosen colour scheme really shows that you’ve thought of every little detail – plus, it’s another excuse to buy more decorations and make your home prettier than ever!
The colours we are going for this year are a mix of silvers and whites for a more luxe feel. We’re going to be adding different textures such as feathered, glittered and iridescent baubles to give it that winter wonderland feel.
Antler Hurricane (21cm x 5cm)
Reversible Sequin Cushion (45cm x 45cm)
2 Pack Snowflake Embroidered Christmas Guest Towels (60cm x 47cm)
Bergamot & Lemon Scented Christmas Candle Jar (11cm x 10cm)
LED Frosted Glass Vase (23cm x 23cm x 21cm)
Metallic Snowflake Side Plate (19cm)
Winter Forest Christmas Diffuser
Ombre Wine Glass (24cm)
Decorating the Christmas table should be extra special! I always opt for white linen and napkins and then layer from there, I think of the table as an extension of my Christmas décor. My three tips for the best dinner table? Read on…
1.Decorations are key
I start with the centrepiece and use a table runner as a base for a glam Christmas set up, so my runner is usually embellished to contrast against the white linen. I then add some height with artificial flowers, candlesticks and Christmas baubles or snowballs attached to a garland!
Layering up dinnerware allows you to play around with patterns. I always use a charger plate alongside a dinner and side plate to add interest. Then just have your cracker on the side – who doesn’t love crackers with the competition to guess the jokes and win the prizes?!
To finish the table, I always add a personalised name tag to each place setting – it’s a small touch that makes guests feel special. You can place the name tag on top of their napkin or wrap it around so it can be taken away as a keepsake or just kept for next year. One last thing – make sure the bubbles are flowing, laughter is aplenty and that you enjoy the day with family!
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