Styling your Christmas table
As with any celebration, sticking to a plan will ensure everything goes smoothly and you won’t find yourself feeling frazzled on the day.
Firstly, you need to know how many guests you will be accommodating. If you don’t have a large enough table for everyone, you can either group guests around several smaller tables or place tables next to each other and cover them all with a large tablecloth to create the illusion of a cohesive space.
You should think about whether you are going to be using serving dishes to allow guests to help themselves or whether these will remain in the kitchen. If you would like guests to help themselves, check whether the dishes will all fit comfortably on your dining table amongst your centrepiece, tableware and other decorations. If they don’t, you can always utilise a couple of side tables.
A beautiful centrepiece will be the star of your table and it is worth spending some time closely considering the aesthetic you would like to achieve. Some Christmas tree branches adorned with pine cones and red berries will add a traditional festive touch to your table, whereas a variety of candelabras and bell jars holding tea lights will add a touch of vintage glamour.
Your centrepiece, of course, does not have to sit on the table at all. A floating centrepiece could add a touch of modern magic to your celebrations. Tying some Christmas decorations to a wooden branch suspended from the ceiling can create a modern Scandi vibe; alternatively, if you want to unleash your inner wizard, suspending baubles from the ceiling with clear fishing wire will make you feel as though you are tucking into Christmas dinner with Harry Potter in the great hall at Hogwarts.
A successful dinner table design is usually all in the details. There are things that won’t be noticed immediately but, as the dinner progresses, your guests will appreciate each small touch. The possibilities are endless but examples include using Christmas gift tags rather than traditional napkin rings. Writing your guests' names on these means they will double as place cards and you could even write a short message on the back of each as an extra personal touch; after all, Christmas is a time for spending quality time with family and friends, sharing a great meal and even better conversation.
Remember that a minimal table design can have just as much impact as an elaborately decorated one. Stay true to your personal style and your festive celebration is sure to be a success.
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