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Decorating the Christmas Table

Decorating the Christmas

Part of the magic of enjoying a traditional Christmas lunch is gathering everyone around a table that looks as enticing as the meal itself. With a little thought and forward planning it’s easy to wow your guests with a festive dining table that’s simply stunning.

Pick a theme

Red and white patterned Christmas tableware

First decide on the look you’re going for.

There are plenty of Christmas tables ideas to choose from.  Will you embrace tradition and choose handcrafted pieces that create a cosy feel - or go for all out glitz and glamour?

Perhaps understated elegance is more your style or you want to delight the children with rustic woodland creatures or snowmen and angels.

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Place setting

Whether you choose plain or sequined, crisp white or traditional red, start with a table cloth and runner.

Once you know the look you're going for, then add other Christmas table decorations, such as seasonal placemats and coasters.

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Silver and white plates and bowls styled with a Christmas bauble and Christmas cracker

Napkins and napkin rings can make each guest feel special, while handwritten place cards add to that personal touch. Crackers create a sense of fun and bring people together - and with so many designs available they can enhance even the most elegant table.

Candles and lanterns give your table a warm glow, while adding to the festive feel.

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Folding Christmas tree napkins


Christmas table decorated with a white and silver theme

To create height and really bring your table setting to life, make or buy a beautiful Christmas table centrepiece.

You could make a statement with a striking candelabra, simply display a Christmas house plant like a poinsettia or get creative with ivy and holly, arranged in a shallow dish.

You might be surprised by how effective a strand of lights or a handful of baubles can look when they're just placed inside a large glass bowl or bell jar.

Finishing touches

Complete your look with finishing touches that complement the style of your table setting.

From garlands and pinecones to tea lights, ornaments and sparkles, it’s the little details that make your Christmas table unique to you.

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Christmas snowglobe with reindeer and metallic candle holder

Dressing the Christmas table – Simplicity