Christmas. Season of merriment, parties, lights, decorations, and that warm feeling of anticipation that something wonderful is about to happen.
I love Christmas, and most of all, I love a beautifully set festive table so it’s time to indulge in some table decorating!
It’s where we gather together to eat our turkey, pull our crackers, drink toasts to one another and, hopefully, push back our chairs and unbutton our trousers after a wonderful meal.
Over the festive period, this part of your home, more than any other, is the focus of all the celebrations, and whether on a big budget or a tight one, it’s the perfect space to dress up, and take the opportunity to experiment with seasonal accessories. The dining room or table should be over the top, merry and bright!
There is no right or wrong way to decorate your Christmas table as long as its fun, well thought out and following one general colour scheme, or theme.
I’m a sucker for traditional Christmas ornamentation. Flatware, incorporating wreaths, Santas, and red floral patterns. Delicate white linen embellished with seasonal motifs; napkins, napkin rings, elegant silverware, and beautiful cut crystal glasses in jewel hues. Christmas crackers, centrepieces made up of seasonal flowers; Poinsettias, berries, Holly sprigs and mistletoe, and as many candles as you can load on a table!
Candles create ambience and warmth and cast a golden glow over any setting. I often combine a selection of small tea lights with larger candlesticks, and scatter them on the table with either a main centre piece of flowers, or, for a less formal arrangement, amongst a mix of plants, flowers and berries, placed in different sized and shaped vases.
The featured photo above is a lovely example of an elegant, red themed, festive table setting in a private home in London:
Plates/Flatware: Niderviller, Roses des Neiges
Baubles: bought from antiques shop in Megeve , France
Glassware: Waterford crystal and Baccarat crystal
Faux berries, pinecones etc: Jennie Mann
Linen place mats and napkins: Frette
Poinsettias : Jennie Mann
Snowflake napkin rings: Beaucoup.com
Cutlery: Villeroy and Boch
Tea light holders: Jennie Mann
There is an abundance of choice on the high street for ways to recreate this look for less, and here are a few of my favourites:
Glittered round charger plate in Red – Dunelm, £1.28 each
Baubles – White Company, from £3.50
Berry and Pinecone Pick – John Lewis, £1.50