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.
Christmas is literally just around the corner and it will be here before I know it. This means I have been thinking about styling my home and that all important Christmas table ready for the big day!
I am a huge fan of traditional with a modern twist, and so it felt right to style my table in red and gold, and this stylish Christmas tableware has allowed me to do just that. I’ve mixed up traditional tartan plates and bowls with a simple red side plate, and I love how well the styles compliment each other. Then I’ve added a touch of gold, because who wouldn’t want sparkle and glamour on their table on Christmas day? These stylish gold spot champagne glasses and Christmas tree glasses are brilliant and look great teamed with the silver tartan table runner, and gold glitter mats. Lastly for the kids, they’ll be using the nice tableware too, topped off with these fun plastic milk bottles. The best thing about these is that the straw doesn’t come out and my kids love them! So that’s my table for Christmas Day, and I can’t wait to style it on the big day.
In preparation for Christmas here are my 5 top tips for decorating my table on Christmas Day…
1. Think about your style, theme and colour scheme. You could style your table to match your home, or decide on a very glamorous or country theme. You could select a red and gold colour scheme, or something that is slightly different from the traditional. Whatever it is that you choose you will need to make sure that your plates, glasses, and linen all tie-in to the style, theme or colour scheme.
2. Lay your table the day before, on Christmas Eve. This will save any last minute panicking on the day itself and allow you to focus on the family and cooking the Christmas dinner. Start by making sure that all your linen including the table runner and placemats are ironed and then lay these first, followed by the crockery and cutlery, and lastly the glassware. Also consider where everyone is sitting, making sure that children have child-friendly crockery and cutlery.
3. Allow space on the table runner for serving bowls and plates, but do make sure that you’re leaving enough space for centre piece to add wow factor to your Christmas table. This could be a display of candles, foliage or glassware filled with Christmas decorations and lights.
4. Keep it simple, it’s easy to get carried away with the Christmas table. Consider what your budget is, how many people you are catering for, and realistically how long you have to decorate it. You don’t want to be getting stressed on the day itself trying to put together a complicated Christmas table.
5. Lastly there’s also the table decorations such as crackers, table confetti, mini Christmas trees, foliage and party games to consider. These should all tie into your theme, and help make the table setting fun, keeping the adults and children entertained during Christmas dinner.