For many of us on Christmas day, setting the family dining table is just as important as decorating the tree. So, we have put together some easy to achieve Christmas table decorating ideas that will help your festive family meal sparkle and shine.
Our Christmas tables have changed throughout the years from formal traditional tables with all the trimmings to backyard barbecue gatherings and now we are seeing a comfortable mix between the two, choosing to include the best of both worlds.
Here are five Christmas table decorating ideas we want to try this year:
Colourful food platters
What a feast for the eyes! Our love for all things foraged in the garden combined with Instagram worthy food snaps has led us to creating food-filled works of art on our party and celebration tables. By the look of these amazing food displays, it may seem like an overwhelming task to achieve, but they really are much easier to put together than they look.
To achieve something similar with a mix of sweet and savoury, gather all your usual Christmas food favourites including shortbread, sugared jelly lollies, mint slice, candy canes, cherries, crushed up Christmas pudding or pavlova, Rosemary sprigs, nuts, pomegranate seeds, plums and pears.
Arrange all the bigger food items first onto a serving platter and keep adding layers of different treats one at a time, keeping in mind to mix the glorious food palette of colours throughout.
A midsummer's Christmas
The best thing about Christmas in Australia is that it can fall on a beauty of a summer’s day. To take advantage of the weather you might consider having your table set up outside.
Using calico for your table runner and placemats will help you to keep to a natural, rustic style.
Woodsy and whimsical decorations and ornaments make the perfect accompaniment to finish off the table setting. All is left is to include that drool-worthy festive barbecue meal!
It’s amazing how just a few flowers and the gift of nature can create a wonderfully beautiful table display.
Gather vine plants and foliage to lay down the middle of the table around the sides of a table runner. Or do some flower arranging in recycled glass jars and bottles. Fill them with festive coloured flowers and foliage such as; Christmas bush, Red geranium, Eucalyptus, Bottlebrush, Waratah, Kangaroo pPaw, and Protea.
If you are having your family lunch on the deck at home, you could even tie bundles of flowers or a handmade wreath around the deck posts.
Photo: Jenna Templeton
Embracing paper plates
It’s tiring enough to cook and bake your Christmas lunch or dinner, so why not eliminate the even more exhausting process of cleaning up after a big day?
Paper party plates have been given a stylish makeover these days, with most just as beautiful as our classy Christmas dinnerware. With so many modern styles to choose from featuring on-trend designs, they can really add to the setting of your table.
You can even go as far as including glitter or gold plastic cutlery, paper napkins and plastic bottles with paper Christmas straws. When all the Christmas festivities are over, there's no washing up and you might even have some of your paper plates and cutlery left over for the following year or next family party celebration!
Photo: Jenna Templeton
Children's Christmas table
If you decide to sit the little ones away from the adults during Christmas lunch, there's a great opportunity to style their table in a way you'll know they'll love.
A children’s Christmas table can double as a place kids can enjoy their Christmas meal as well as enjoy fun activities. Decorate the table with kids Christmas plates, colourful and quirky decorations as well as some fun DIY activities like themed colouring sheets and an ornament decorating kit. You could even use butchers paper as a tablecloth and let the little ones decorate and draw their favourite Christmas things using crayons and pencils.