How To Dress A Table For Christmas

How To Dress A Table For Christmas

7th Dec 2022

Posted by Alice Ewens on 7th Dec 2022

Everything you need to know on how to dress a table for a fabulously festive feast, from place setting to centrepieces!

Christmas is one of those occasions when people gather and often share food. It's a celebration that's a step above the average social dinner. So, it's often a time to step up the table dressing and get a bit fancy. But, if you're at a bit of a loss as to where to start, we have you covered. This is a one-stop step-by-step guide for nailing your Christmas table decor.

How To Dress A Table: Pick A Theme and/or Colour Palette

Now, this pretty much goes for all interior design stuff, but selecting a colour scheme and/or palette helps create a cohesive look. You can reflect colours already present in your room or accessories, or contrast with them. This can also apply to materials and textures. Similar, complementing tones and textures create a calm style. Contrasting colours and textures create drama and high energy. Either works for a Christmas look in our book! When it comes to festive colour palettes, the world is your oyster.

Metallics, jewel tones and high-contrast give a feeling of dramatic opulence. Neutral shades, pinks and reds, blushes, greys, whites and natural materials are softer and more magical, whimsical feel, even when coupled with metallics. The ol' staples of Christmas colour combos tend to be greens, reds, golds, silvers and blues, but don't be afraid to think outside the box!

How To Dress A Table: Place Settings

Having a nice table setting to eat from sets the tone. You can go full-blown fine dining with the salad forks if you want to, but some matching crockery and cutlery will go far. Visually pleasing and neat can make your table feel special.

For a bit of a fancier set-up, consider placemats, charger plates (basically a fancy large decorative plate to add some extra glam or colour to the table), a dinner plate, and a bowl. Maybe napkins in napkin rings? Or, just some fancy cutlery, some gleaming wine glasses, and a neat placemat under your favourite plates.

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Christmas Table Centrepiece

Centrepieces are a fun and pretty way to help make your table feel vibrant and provide a decorative focal point for your dining table. Go with the theme and/or colour palette you chose at the start so that your table decor matches your room and crockery/cutlery (or complements it nicely). The key to a great centrepiece is that there's still room for the food and that your guests can all see each other to chat.

You could go for a simple wreath or display right in the centre of the table, or get creative with a festive tablescape. A tablescape is basically a landscape or your dining table. A tablescape is a bit more than just a single centrepiece and tends to include a collection of themed and matching bits and bobs to make the table look pretty.

Extra Serving Space

There's nothing worse than getting your Christmas dinner table looking 'chef's kiss' and then realising when it's time to seat down and eat that there's no where to put the roast potatoes or the extra bottle of bubbly. Console tables or coffee tables make for handy additional surface space. Use them for a condiments and gravy station, setting out veg platters, or a little pop-up bar for your drinks! We've got a huge selection of console and coffee tables in glass, metal, high gloss, marble and concrete effect tops, so there's something to suit all home styles.

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