How to set the perfect Christmas table
Whether you’re planning a sophisticated dinner for two or a raucous lunch for 20, applying a little thought and creativity to your Christmas table setting will create a fabulous backdrop for your feast (not to mention impress your guests). And you don’t have to spend a fortune doing it; we have everything you need to put together stylish settings, whatever your budget.
What could be more festive than red and white? A crisp white tablecloth makes any surface, from a hired trestle to your beaten-up kitchen table, look special in an instant. Add a splash of crimson red with a festive table runner, then arrange classic white crockery at each place setting. Our Momento Aspenrange looks suitably sophisticated (even if you’re planning a buffet-style gathering, it’s nice to have guests’ plates arranged on the table to begin with). You’ll also need a festive napkin at each place-setting (forget paper napkins; Christmas is the time to go all out with linen napery). When it’s time to add a bit of texture and warmth, simple white candles add an atmospheric glow (we love the Max Benjamin range, particularly the suitably Christmas-scented clove and cinnamon candle). Alternatively, thread a garland of star-shaped lights around your table.
Dark green accents also work well with a red-and-white theme - snip a sprig from the backside of your Christmas tree for each place-setting (if you don’t want to attack the tree, sprigs of rosemary also work well), tying each one to napkins or cutlery with a piece of red-and-white striped twine. If you have younger guests, mini candy canes are a nice touch at their place settings.
Contrast the warmth of a New Zealand Christmas with the cool tones of a wintry, silver- and white-toned table. Again, start with a white tablecloth to set a neutral backdrop, then select a mixture of white and silver tableware. Arrange silver charger plates under simple white dinner plates for instant sophistication, and a mix of silver- and white-toned decorations to continue the theme. These pinecone candles would work well to bring a natural element to the scene, while this plattermakes the perfect centrepiece - arrange a selection of white and silver Christmas tree baubles, entwined with greenery or tinsel, for an easy but impressive focal point.
If you want to add flowers, classic white lilies add a lovely scent to the room, while also working well with the colour scheme. And don’t forget placecards - rectangles of white or silver card look great simply placed on plates or tied to cutlery with silver or white ribbon. For a final festive touch, these lovely tealight houses are available in a number of different styles - create a little candlelit village on a nearby shelf or table.
Putting on the glitz
If your celebration is an adults-only affair, give it an extra-glamorous look by going for a gold-and-white theme. Gold charger plates layered under white dinner plates will set the scene, and you can then layer up the glitz. Treat yourself by investing in some gold cutlery, and create a stunning centrepiece by making a cone shape out of stiff white card, and then wrapping a garland of battery-powered fairy lights around it. Natural materials also look great against gold, so consider a centrepiece of bare branches entwined with fairy lights, or a few artfully arranged pinecones and sprigs of greenery. Star-shaped gold plates make perfect side plates, or dot a few around the table as decorative elements. And if you really want to go all out, also invest in some star-printed glassware and napkins (stars will work all year round so look at it as an investment in future celebrations).