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How to dress a Christmas table to impress your guests

Published: 12 December 2018

Christmas is a time when we hope to give our dinner tables the ‘wow’ factor and create a festive centre point for family and friends to gather and enjoy some delicious food and make special memories.

Planning is defiantly key here and at such a busy time of year, it’s best to keep things simple. A good starting point is to consider a theme – whether you opt for the more traditional red or gold colour combination or an adventurous winter wonderland theme.

Runner or table cloth?
A red, gold or tartan runner looks elegant on a dark solid wood table but it’s impractical if you have younger guests arriving for their Christmas dinner! It’s a good idea to have a back up plan and keep a spare table cloth ready, preferably a wipe clean one.

Chargers or place mats?
Chargers and place mats are great at helping to protect tables from spills and heat and look great if they compliant the colour theme. Place mats come in a variety of colours and plainer varieties can be used again throughout the year.

Silver or Gold Cutlery?
When laying place settings, it’s advisable to start on the outside and work your way in towards the centre of the plate. For example, the first course goes on the outside, then the second, then the third and so on. Gold cutlery is on trend this year and works well with dark colours such as dark red or green.

Table Centre Piece
A centre piece on the table is a good opportunity to showcase the theme. A simple pillar candle in a hurricane lamp surrounded by real or artificial foliage in the centre of a round table or down the centre of a rectangle table both look effective. Remember not to choose tall items so guests can see each other whilst dining.

Top Tip! Keep it simple with a white pillar candle in a hurricane lamp surrounded by a few fresh cranberries.

Place Settings
Individual handmade place settings are a nice touch to welcome guests. A hand tied pine cone attached to a sprig of berried holly or rosemary look great and add a touch of festive cheer along with a lovely Christmas scent. If you’re short on time, a named Christmas scratch card is a novel way to mark each person’s setting and guests will have fun scratching the cards to see if they’ve won.

Chairs seem to get overlooked at Christmas time, these can be decorated too with a festive Santa or snowman chair cover to compliment the theme.

In addition, don’t forget the crackers, condiment holders and possibly most importantly the wine cooler!   




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