The tree might be your Pièce de résistance, but to really make your Christmas a memorable one, it pays to put some effort into a beautiful Christmas table setting!
Make your Christmas table shimmer and shine with these 11 practical tips from Tegan Burford, Creative Sales Executive at Decorative Events.
1. Keep it classic!
For a beautiful Christmas setting that is classy and understated, Tegan recommends sticking to a three-colour palette. Don’t try to add too many colours, as it will start to look jumbled and messy.
2. Go on trend
A classic table setting doesn’t mean you can’t add a modern flair. “Metallics are very on trend this year and are the perfect Christmas colour palette when paired with a fresh red,” says Tegan.
3. Get your positioning perfect
Ever sat at a table so overdressed it’s impossible to have a conversation with the person sitting across from you? To avoid this, Tegan recommends taking care with your centrepiece. “To encourage easy interaction between guests, keep the centrepiece either below or above the peripheral zone being either below 30cm or above 70cm.”
4. It’s all in the detail…
“Layering creates depth, interest and intrigue,” says Tegan. So for something truly special that looks like you’ve had a stylist set your table, go for different pieces with a common theme.
5. Theme it
To bring in a theme, bring in elements and take that as direction for your colour palette. “A beach side Christmas is fun and informal, says Tegan. Go for a pastel colour palette and finish off with shells and local foliage.”
6. Bring the outside in
If you were doing a rural themed Christmas, Tegan recommends incorporating warm, earthy tones but also texture such as hessian, twine and fresh local ingredients. Then, go foraging. Incorporate elements from your surroundings such as seed pods, timber pieces and even an old rusty piece of interesting farm paraphernalia for something quirky yet personal.”
7. Amplify the ambience
If you really want to create a warm cosy feel, Tegan recommends using reflective surfaces. This might be a mirrored vase or tray, then light lots of candles around it which will amplify that beautiful soft light.
8. Tantalise the senses
While you want to dazzle the eyes and tantalise the tastebuds, don’t forget about the rest of your scenes! “Consider using aromatics such as Freshly Roasting Chestnuts, a warm scented candle, and soft Christmas music for a bit of background. A hands on table-scape that encourages guests to engage touch and experience table setting.”
9. Keep it personal
“Signature Cocktails. Create a cocktail that expresses you and your Christmas at home. Maybe an eggnog with a twist or a zesty punch.”
10. Get DIY
For a really unique touch, get crafty! “Place Cards are a great way for keeping the family fun and dynamics fun and controlled. They are also a really fun DYI project for the holiday season.”
11. Dust it off
If you were looking for the right time to bring out the family heirlooms, now is the time to do it! “Bring out the fine china, crystal glassware and specialty cutlery. “It’s the one time of the year to let these special pieces shine and a great way to show your mother-in-law that you just LOVED the family heirloom salad servers that she gave you for your wedding!”