With our nearest and dearest gathered around the table for an afternoon of feasting and festivity, there’s no denying the fact that Christmas lunch is the highlight of the day. But, given that so much hard work goes into preparing the meal, shouldn’t your lunch table be a feast for the eyes too? From flickering candlelight to festive table runners, here’s how to create the perfect Christmas table setting…
Start with a table runner
A table runner is a perfect way to give your dining table some Christmas cheer, stretching down the length of the table and anchoring your cutlery, crockery and decorations together. Take a look at our designs to find the perfect print for a country Christmas table setting.
Choose your placemats & coasters
Next, fill your dining table with festive placemats and coasters. They’re designed to protect your table from stains, spillages and hot plates (perfect for Christmas lunch) and are a great way to introduce Christmassy colours and patterns. Browse our festive designs - they’re particularly beautiful when arranged around a centrepiece of scarlet winter berries and clusters of twinkling fairy lights.
Add glassware for extra sparkle
Choose cool wintery colours and icy glassware for a sense of relaxed Scandi style - wonderful for toasting to a merry Christmas with your loved ones. Position them beside your candles if you’d like the glassware to reflect the gently flickering flames: it’s a foolproof way to add a little extra glitz and glamour to the dining table.
Polish your cutlery
Next, your Christmas table setting needs some beautiful cutlery, so be sure to polish your knives and forks thoroughly for extra shimmer and shine before positioning them on the table. And for a meal with a true sense of occasion, consider laying your cutlery on napkins and tying them with festive red ribbon waiting to be unwrapped like a gift when lunch is served.
If you’d like a traditional Christmas table setting, you’ll need some greenery. You could forage for ivy and other evergreen foliage, or you could buy some artificial greenery if you’re a little pushed for time. Whatever the case, arrange it generously down the length of your dining table, winding it around tall candles and serving plates. A tangle of winter berries will lend charm and Christmas cheer, and you could spray paint pine cones in gold or silver for a nod to Narnia. Remember - take care to ensure naked flames do not come into contact with your greenery, and never leave candles unattended.
Don’t forget the finishing touches
Finally, there are plenty of smaller details to take care of, such as napkins and crackers. Choose your favourites and lay them across gently-warmed dinner plates, and don’t forget to fill your table with tealights: they’ll glisten as the candle flames dance inside them and create a cosy glow that draws your loved ones together for a joyful dinner.
Hopefully, these steps have given you a little bit of inspiration for your Christmas table setting this year. What style are you going for, and how many guests are you hosting? Show off your table setting on social media using #SophieAllport - it would be lovely to see what you’ve created!