The Christmas Table

One of my favourite parts of Christmas Day is laying the table. My mum has always made a big fuss of her Christmas table settings and I’ve continued the tradition. A lovely table cloth, the best china, candles everywhere, crackers and table gifts are just the start. Here are some of my favourite Christmas table settings for capturing your imagination…

I am forever drooling over chef, Skye McAlpine’s instagram feed and she always lays such a beautiful table groaning with gorgeous food. The simple clementine on each plate with a hand written name place is such a great touch.

You don’t have to be traditional at Christmas. How about balloons with foliage to brighten up the table?! Love this Casa de Perrin (US tableware co. and table laying legends) table setting which was for a birthday but could easily be tweaked for Christmas.

Another Casa de Perrin table setting. Coloured glasses always look extra festive. On my list this year!

More coloured glass and gorgeous bright candles in this Christmas table from interior designer Ben Pentreath. Silver vases filled with hyacinths, mismatched chairs and vintage crockery  add to the lovely higgledy piggledy feel. Lobster crackers pull it all together.

More flowers stealing the show. You might (will definitely) need a serving table if you’re going all out with the flowers!

Patterned table cloths are great for a high impact Christmas table.

Playing with height is a great idea for adding drama but make sure people can see each other over the fruit bowls! Little bud vases are a lovely way of adding floral flourishes as are little tendrils of ivy that you can forage for free.

Simple and calm can be just as effective as lots of colour and texture. The white, house lanterns here from Sophie Conran will look magical in the evening.


My Table Picks

1. Bright Coloured Candles, £3 each, Heals (you can get cheaper ones in Tiger but I couldn’t find a picture) 2. & 7. I’m thinking about getting this simple glassware from LSA  3. Porcelain candle houses, £75, Sophie Conran 4. Pomegranate Salt & Pepper Shakers, £14, Anthropologie 5. Washed Linen Tablecloth, £39.99, H&M 6. Crackers, £42, Katie Leamon 

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