Yuletide Elegance

The secrets of Christmas Day tablescaping

It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but there is so much to think about.

One of my favourite things to do is plan how the Christmas table is going to look, what theme am I going to choose, what fun items can I add for the children, can I make anything myself?

So here are my tips for planning the perfect Christmas table setting and a little more…

There are so many ways to decorate and so many styles to choose from. I always begin with a theme. The theme can be as simple as identifying a colour scheme. Or you can focus on a centre piece style statement.

You can use real or faux greenery. I often use both, my favourite is real eucalyptus, I love the look and smell and still looks beautiful when it starts to dry out.

IMAGES ABOVE Courtesy of Nkuku

Think of Your Christmas Table as Building Layers

  • Build from the bottom up.
  • Begin by deciding if you will use a tablecloth or a runner. Or even use both.
  • Or layer several runners.
  • Decide if you want to layer placemats.
  • Choose your glassware.
  • This is the season to bring out the best cutlery! I love using gold for dinner events.
  • Homemade crackers are a must, personalise them, add small gifts that surprise your guests instead of the usual plastic rubbish!

Candles add a special elegance to your Christmas table. Honestly, if you ask me, no table is complete without candles. The glow of candlelight is magical no matter what the occasion.

It’s fun to have matching candle holders. But I think it’s equally exciting to have a wide variety of candle holders, tall ones, short ones, fat ones, thin ones. Play around. Have fun. A beautiful table can be created simply with greenery that fits the season and candles.

To prevent the table from becoming too overcrowded, consider a cocktail table to house additional bottles and glasses.

Whatever you choose for your Christmas table, I’m sure as long as you surround it with laughter and love it will always be the perfect setting!

Merry Christmas, Carly x

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