Is it time for you to host your first Christmas family gathering? Or this isn’t your first rodeo? As you start to plan your menu and what you’ll wear, why not give some thought to how you’ll dress your table as well? By putting just a little thought and creativity into your Christmas tablescape, you can create a special and memorable experience for your friends and family this holiday season.
Let these holiday table setting tips inspire you and spark your creativity.
Whether your Christmas will be casual and homey or you’re hosting more of a formal get together it’s important to know the theme in order to create the perfect atmosphere. From simple and rustic to something fancier with mixed metals and hurricane candles.
Arguably the most eye-catching piece on the dinner table, the statement piece. We recommend opting for a festive flower or plant arrangement, one including carnations, holy, pine cones and dried fruit. Don’t forget, the centrepiece doesn’t always have to be floral; you could choose anything from small ornaments to large candles, so get creative!
From tablecloths and table runners to napkins, selecting the perfect linens will instantly elevate your tablescape. A well curated linen selection adds a touch of luxury. Whilst using a table runner to add to the design and will tie in all the colours. For an extra luxurious touch, place your napkins in napkin holders – this not only emphasises sophisticated dining but it also keeps accessories looking compact and neat.
We all love a good Christmas candle scent, such as gingerbread or cookies and cream. However, it’s important to complement your food with a creamy vanilla based smell so as not to overpower it. Adding lots of candles onto the tablescape is a great way to decorate your table however it’s important to be aware not to obstruct guests views making it difficult to converse. If in doubt, stick to small candle holders across the table and limit how many you use.
5. Plan Ahead
We suggest setting your table a few days beforehand, if you can. This makes entertaining so much easier, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself. It also ensures you have all the essentials beforehand such as enough cutlery, plates, bowls, napkins, accessories and place settings.
And remember have fun! ‘Tis the season to be jolly–even for the hostess!
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