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 @violetglenton, @jasminehope_ and @thepramshed to give us their top 5 tips on creating a memorable Christmas table and putting together a dramatic Christmassy theme.
I love creating an aesthetically pleasing and practical table. Other than the Christmas tree, the table is one of the focus points of the day. It's where your family and friends gather and share their stories of the year, their favourite moments, the highs and lows. It's a very special place where glasses are raised and food is shared. It really is a blessing to be able to prepare something that embodies all of these aspects. Plenty of glasses, fresh flowers and good food are my secrets to a good Christmas table.
Here's my top 5 tips for Christmas table decorating…
1)Layering: Sometimes, more is more. Once you have your colour theme, it's good to layer on layer and add more textures and items to the table to full it up with festive cheer.
2) A Good Centre Piece: I'm adamant that a good centre piece is the key to a good Christmas table and whether you decorate some twigs by spraying them silver, or order a huge bouquet of flowers you can make a beautiful eye-catching piece for everyone to unite over.
3) Spatial Awareness: Whilst I'm all for a full table, you need to be conscious that there is enough space for ALL of the delicious Christmas food. Carefully and strategically place heat proof mats so you're aware of how your finished table will look.
4) Prepare in Advance: Not everything needs to be done Christmas morning. Lay your table out the night before. You can even pop bottles of water on it an hour r so before everyone arrives (or wine... don't worry I got you).
5) Let there be light: I like a dimly lit table at meal time, yet my husband prefers a bright light. To combat this I put lots of candles on the table near his seat. Well... it only adds to the cosiness doesn't it?
1. Begin by picking a theme. Having a clear colour scheme not only makes the table look extra special but makes the look so special. If you're not sure what style to go for, you can't go wrong with red, green or gold always adds a traditional look or frosty silver and white looks cool, crisp and fresh. Matalan has so many choices available, I am sure you will be able to pick a theme you look.
2. Add your crockery and glassware. You don't need to spend a lot of money on special Christmas china or crystal glassware as Matalan have some great options. It's worth having two sets of plates/bowls so that you can layer your plates for a glamorous look.
3. A runner of greenery and blooms is a straightforward option that's easy for guests to enjoy – place down the middle of the table entwined with some battery-powered fairy lights, and add a few Christmas decorations into the mix.
4. Don't forget the place cards and napkins. Handwritten place cards are another simple addition that brings a personal touch that guests will enjoy. You could tie a name card to each cracker, or write each name on a jewel with a glittery pen. Napkins are easy to source and add a practical touch to your table.
5. Get ahead of the stress and always lay the table on Christmas eve, so you don't have a last-minute panic on Christmas morning if you realise you don't have enough chairs or room on the table. Start by covering the table with a table cloth which not only looks good but will protect your table from any stains.