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Decorating the Christmas Table

Decorating the
Christmas table

Christmas lunch is a magical occasion and gathering everyone around a table that looks as enticing as the meal itself is part of the magic. With a little thought and forward planning it’s easy to wow your guests with a festive dining table that’s memorable and inspiring.

Pick a theme

Dress up your table with a magical theme. There are so many you could choose from, how about embracing tradition with reds, golds and silvers, perhaps go with handcrafted pieces to create a cosy feel or go for all out with shimmer, glitz and glamour. Children will be delighted by a table overflowing with rustic woodland creatures, snowmen and angels.

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Place setting

It all begins with a table cloth and a runner, whether you choose plain or sequined, crisp white or traditional red is up to you.

Once you’re happy with your base, adding in seasonal placemats and coasters will really start to bring your table to life. For a really chic and simple look use understated silver and white crockery then add in a shimmering bauble and Christmas cracker too. This simple look takes very little planning yet looks so effective.

Napkins and napkin rings are an extra special touch which not only make the table look polished, they also make guests feel special. Handwritten place cards are another simple addition that bring a personal touch.

Crackers always create a sense of fun, people tend to love the silliness of the gifts, jokes and of course, the party hats. With so many designs available they can enhance even the most elegant table.

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Make your table the centre of attention with a striking centrepiece. A decoration at the centre of the table creates a feeling of height which can really bring your table setting to life. Make a statement with a striking candelabra or lantern, lights always bring warm glow which adds to the festive feel. A strand of lights or a handful of baubles can look very effective when they're just placed inside a large glass bowl or bell jar. Battery powered fairy lights are ideal in a glass lantern or try using tea lights as a safer way to add natural light.

For a really simple display a Christmas house plant, like a poinsettia, is perfect. Or if you fancy getting creative gather some ivy and holly and make an arrangement in a shallow dish.

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Finishing touches

Complete your look with a selection of smaller items that compliment your theme. From garlands and pinecones to tea lights, ornaments and sparkles, it’s the little details that make your Christmas table unique. 

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