How to create a stunning table setting this Christmas

Stylist Gina Ciancio shows us how to create three different impressive Christmas table settings, no matter what your budget.

Setting the table for Christmas lunch is just as important as preparing what's on the menu. So if it's your turn to host Christmas this year, try one of these beautful table setting options from The Style Curator, Gina Ciancio.

She's put togerher three looks including a natural native look, a traditional red, white and gold look and a colourful contemporary look.

Follw her step-by-step guide and all of her tips and tricks to create a stunning setting, which will make this Christmas one to remember.

A natural festive setting for under $100

If you are all about neutral tones,foraged folage and a native AUssie Christmas, this look is for you. This simple, yet stunning table setting creates a sense of relaxed luxury. Here's how to bring this look together.

How to get the look:

1. Start with the base of the taupe table cloth and run three white table runners width ways to act as placemats.

2. Place six plates at each seat and six bowls on top.

3. Place cutlery to the right of each plate. We created little bundles by wrapping twine around the napkin, fork and knife.

4. Place a wine and water glass in the upper right hand side of each setting.

5. Create your deconstructed centerpiece by placing two jars filled with Eucalyptus branches in the centre of the table, in between the place settings so guests can have good line of sight across the table.

6. Fill in the rest of the centerpiece by placing pinecones (ours are foraged but you can buy these) and white tealight candleholders down the centre of the table.

7. Add the finishing touch by placing a woodland animal in each of the bowls.

Gina's tips: 

  • You can keep the jars clear or do as we did and paint them white so it pops more.
  • If you forage the Eucalyptus branches and pinecones rather than buy them in store, be sure to spray them well with bug spray so no little critters join your celebrations.

What we used:

Linen tablecloth, Kmart $12, table runners, IKEA $4.99, dinner plates, Kmart $1.50 each, bowls, Kmart $1.50 each, wine glasses, Kmart $10.00, water glasses, Kmart $10.00, napkins, Target $TBA, jars (used as vases), The Reject Shop $2.00 each, Tealight candle holders, IKEA $2.99 each, pinecones were foraged but are available at The Reject Shop, woodland ornaments, Kmart $4.00.

Traditional red and gold setting for under $200

Sometimes you just can’t beat traditional styling, especially for such a significant holiday like Christmas.

We embraced a traditional colour palette of red, gold and white, and used symbolic Christmas décor including a pine garland and gold nutcracker men. This look is for those who love all things Christmas. 

How to get the look:

1. Start with the base of the white tablecloth and six gold placemats.

2. Place your garland down the centre of the table and wrap sting lights around the branches.

3. Place a white dinner plate at each seat. Then place a red napkin and decorative side place on top. 

4. Lay out your cutlery. For this traditional look, we’ve used brass cutlery as it gives a festive and more luxe look but you could use whatever cutlery you already own.

5. Place your glasses in the upper right hand side of each setting. We’ve used a wine glass, champagne flute and water tumbler, however you could adjust the glasses depending on what drinks you plan on serving.

6. Finish the look by placing a nutcracker figurine at each setting with a name card in front.

7. Turn on your string lights and enjoy!

Gina's tips: 

  • Placing the napkin in between the dinner plate and side plate is a way of creating a more layered setting without covering the details of the side plate.
  • You can wrap two sets of string lights through the garland for more impact and ambient lighting.
  • If you have more time and are a bit crafty, you could make gold foil name cards by following the technique shown in this tutorial.

What we used:

White tablecloth, Kmart $9, gold placemats, Kmart $1.50 each,  dinner plates, Kmart $10.00, side plates, IKEA $3.99 each, brass cutlery,  Kmart $19.00 for 4 person setting, wine glasses, Kmart $10.00, champagne glasses, Kmart $10.00, water glasses, Kmart $10.00, set of 2 red napkins, Kmart $2.00
Christmas garland, Myer $45, string lights, Christmas Warehouse $4.95, nutcracker men, Kmart $3.00, name cards, Officeworks $5.37.

Contemporary Christmas look for under $250

While for some, the idea of Christmas and a minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic don't go hand in hand, this look really works.

It also gives you the creative freedom to use the colours you love. We've highlighted one of this season’s trending colours, blush pink. But you could change the accent colour used in this setting to your favourite colour, such as navy, peach or green.

So let your creativity flow and create a non-traditional table that will be a welcomed twist on a traditional table for your guests to enjoy. 

How to get the look:

1. Start with the base of the white tablecloth and roll white wrapping paper down the centre of the table – it’s an inexpensive way of adding extra layers to your table setting and will keep drink spills off your table cloth.

2. Place six black plates at each seat and place six blush pink side plates on top.

3. Lay your cutlery next to the plates and add a napkin on top of each side plate. 

4. Place the drinking glasses in the upper right hand corner of each seat. We found beautiful coloured wine glasses at IKEA and mixed these with simple glass water tumblers.

5. Now it’s time to construct your centerpiece. Begin with the vases – a pink glass water jug acts as a large vase in the centre of the table and two small clear glass vessels are placed either side. Place your favourite flowers or branch stems in the vases.

6. Then scatter the ceramic Christmas trees and reindeers down the length of the table. You may also like to incorporate timber trees as a way of introducing another shape and material.

7. A macaroon or other sweet treat on each plate finishes the look.

Gina's tips:

  • You can wrap the napkin with a Christmas ornament which is a lovely favour for guests to take home and creates a sense of occasion as they unwrap the napkin.
  • If you enjoy Christmas DIYs, you can make your own ceramic ornaments to wrap around the napkins by following this tutorial.
  • Another cost saving you can make is to swap the timber Christmas trees with concrete Christmas trees that you can make yourself following this tutorial.

What we used:

Tablecloth, Kmart $9, white wrapping paper, Hotdollar $2.50, black dinner plates, Kmart $1.50 each, side plates, IKEA $1.75 each, brass cutlery, Kmart $19.00 for a 4 person setting, wine glasses, IKEA $2.99 each, water glasses, Kmart $10.00, set of 2 grey napkins, Kmart $2.00, pink jug used as vase, IKEA $7.99, large ceramic Christmas trees, Target $10.00 each, small white ceramic Christmas trees, Kmart $7.00 each, small glass vases, Freedom $1.75, white ceramic reindeer, Target $8 each, white ceramic ornaments, Adairs $14.99 for set of 3, timber Christmas trees, Country Road $24.95.


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