When it comes to entertaining around a table, a thoughtfully and well decorated setting can make all the difference. A beautiful tablecloth and accessories at a table setting can completely set the tone, especially at a Christmas table. I grew up with my Mum and Aunt always decorating our Christmas lunch based around a new theme every year. Fresh flowers and delicious fruit were always a common element at our table, as was linen napkins and beautiful paper bonbons. When it comes to decorating a Christmas table these days, there are more options out there than ever – and below are some ideas I set up at home using products from Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and West Elm. All the items are available online now, and could be delivered to your door with plenty of time up your sleeve to create a festive setting. Can you tell I’m excited for Christmas? Hopefully these ideas help you get in to the festive spirit too!
For a classic Christmas, pictured above is the soft Flax Linen tablecloth, available in a range of lovely muted colours, and the gold rimmed plates are from the gorgeous Gigi range. I added another metal to the mix with the cool copper cutlery sets. Chilled Rosé is served in contemporary stemless glassware (it’s so important to keep your guests hydrated with good wine, after all).
Place-settings are kept simple with handwritten tags tied to fresh flowers with bakers twine. Super handy flameless candles are battery operated and safe for little hands.
I couldn’t go past the delightful Lab and Deer ornaments (perfect for the tree too – I trimmed the hanger loops off for this table setting). Check out the huge range available here.
For a more formal table, I accessorised the marble table top with luxe accessories from Williams-Sonoma. Hydrangeas and classic pillar candles are teamed with gorgeous blue plates from the Pacifica range and the more traditional Queen Anne dinnerware creates a nice contrast. Beautiful linen napkins add texture to the marble, and the stunning gold cutlery is simply tied together with festive gold twine.
I like the formality of my guests to be given a place at the table, and the sweet marble place card holders do the job of holding my handwritten cards perfectly.
I also set up a Christmas table using items from another favourite store, West Elm. I created a more modern look with a mix of metals. The hand-stamped bronze serveware comes in a range of shapes, and I chose a square set for the table. Giving your guests a gift to keep is always a nice idea, and the brass wishbone is the perfect proportions for a plate – and it might even bring your lunch party some good luck!
West Elm also have an adorable range of Christmas ornaments available at the moment, and the sweet bottlebrush trees are perfect for a tabletop. I added fresh Monstera leaves and metallic confetti for another layer to the setting, and the petrified wood coasters provides a good contrast to all the metal finishes I’ve used.
I hope the above set ups have given you some inspiration to start workshopping your Christmas table for 2016.