How many essentials have you checked?

Second to the tree, the dining table is a major focal point for your Christmas do. It’s here the family will gather round to enjoy another feast of favourites (on the good plates!) and each other’s company, so ensure your spread sings with memorable festive flair with these decorative essentials.

christmas table settings

A Beautiful Centrepiece
Think floral arrangements, candles, and beautiful vases punctuating your table’s centre. Making the extra effort to find a statement piece that suits your look elevates the dinner table vibe from ‘everyday eats’ to ‘special occasion’, instantly. Keep in mind the need for function and safety when decorating with accessories such as candles and floral arrangements, and never stress about the imperfections – they’re what makes your centrepiece unique.

Something that Smells Magical
Your centrepiece will dazzle the eyes, but what will ignite your scent? Before the fragrant food hits the table, style for smell with spices, herbs, and flowers. Cinnamon sticks and star anise were the go-to for The Home’s inspired Christmas setting – they not only looked great, but smelt amazing, and added inviting interest and texture to a simple linen tablecloth.

christmas table setting

A Dash of Whimsy
This is your opportunity to have a little fun. Think Santa and Rudolph salt and pepper shakers, mismatched dinner plates, quirky place cards, Christmas crackers, and figural serving pieces that will get guests talking. The key to this imaginative addition is to not overdo it – less is always more to avoid a Mad Hatter’s-like finish.

The Hint of Tradition
Going Scandi this Christmas? Styling a chic and contemporary festive space? Whatever your look, don’t discount a dash of tradition. Perhaps it’s a subtle red and green palette for name cards that hit the brief, or hang a traditional Christmas wreath close by to ring in the fun, festive vibes.

christmas table settings

Personalised Touches with DIY
Want to make your Christmas table stand out from the rest? Get creative and try your hand at some DIY projects. Dot your own creations on the table for a one-of-a-kind look. From chic marble place cards and clay serving spoons to block printed napkins and ombre vases – find something small and inexpensive to try this weekend.

Luxurious Fabrics
A fun and festive occasion like Christmas calls for next-level sophistication when it comes luxurious and colourful table linen. The beauty of going adventurous with your linen lies in less decorating down the track. By going bold and high-end for your tablecloth, you’ll have little left to do when it comes to further accessorising because you’ve already made a big splash.

A Pop of Colour
If the bold table linen mentioned above isn’t for you, find other ways to inject a pop of colour. Our Matisse-inspired DIY Party Palms are an example of an inexpensive and easy way to have a little fun with a fresh palate. Paper palms were cut and layered as a tropical-themed table runner for a fresh summer vibe.

christmas table settings

You may also like:




© 2016 The Home