Home & tech | Wednesday 6 December 2017

Set the table

No pressure, but Christmas dinner is probably the most hotly anticipated meal of the year. Dazzle guests with these amazing table-setting ideas and it won’t matter what’s on the menu

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1 - Mistletoe and wine



Festive foliage and gold tableware make for a traditional Christmas setting for proper grown-ups (yes, you!). Complete the look with quality fabric napkins rolled up in super-shiny rings – you’ll never make do with kitchen roll again. Get in the mood with a playlist of classic Christmas Cliff. On second thoughts…

    • Charger plates will instantly help your table feel formal and well set. We adore these gold ones.
    • Make your life easier when serving a big group - bring platters of food to the table and let everyone help themselves. Make sure you have serving spoons for each platter. 
    • Groups of tealights, candles or string lights (used here) will make your table twinkle.
      • Place a few colourful baubles on your empty plates/soup bowls to add some festive delight.


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2 - Awesome alpine



If you like a cosy Christmas table that’s fit for a feast, look no further. Stag-motif plates, pine cones and this season’s warm plaid prints will create that intimate wood-cabin feel, while lights on your centrepiece add compulsory festive sparkle. Just dig out your favourite Fair Isle jumper to match.

    • Invest in a good faux centrepiece that you can pull out every year or head to the florist for some fresh eucalyptus and red berries. The eucalyptus will scent your room, while the berries will add a festive pop of colour. 
    • To get the real scents of Christmas going, a pine-scented candle is the perfect addition to your table.


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3 - Simple is stylish



If all things fussy and traditional are banned from your Christmas table, why not get modern with monochrome? Simple and sophisticated, this pared-down palette oozes style. Jet-black cutlery will impress the guests, while cute star prints and hints of silver soften the look. No one’s even going to notice the food…

    • Make sure all plates, glasses and cutlery are wiped and polished as you set your table so that everything is sparkling.
    • Sprinkle table confetti across thecloth for extra pizzazz. And don’t forget candles, candles, candles to add some serious twinkle factor.
    • Vases of fresh white flowers make for the perfect finishing touch.


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