To help get you organised and feeling super smug during the Christmas countdown (it’s just over 60 days away!), let’s get one thing ticked off your list already: planning your table setting.
Love a traditional Christmas? Red and green are hues drawn from nature, so take this as your starting point, working berry and leaf patterns into your table setting alongside sprigs of holly and pine cones.
To keep an elegant feel, work calmer colours into your scheme – a crisp white tablecloth with gold cutlery for that precious touch. Place a Christmas cracker and co-ordinating bauble on every plate to make your guests smile.
Our picks: (left to right) 1. Small red berry foliage and pinecones wreath, £30, House of Fraser; 2. Red and gold holly Christmas crackers pack of 12, £24, Debenhams
A cool Scandi-style theme adds a hint of a Winter Wonderland without being over the top. Choose white table linens and crockery, then add a sprinkle of fairy dust with plenty of metallic accessories. Use candles to illuminate a statement centrepiece – a glass bowl full of super-shiny baubles creates maximum sparkle.
Oh, and ignore the rule about not mixing silver and gold, because they can look really elegant together. If you want to be really on trend, add some copper or rose-gold tones – they make any dining table feel inviting.
Our picks: (left to right) 1. Pressed glass side plate, £5, M&S; 2. Gold crackers pack of 6, £12, Next
From smiling elves to marching drummers, cheer up your table setting with some quirky Yuletide characters. Also in the mix are jolly festive slogans, because what’s Christmas without a Ho Ho Ho?
Embrace the Santa’s grotto feel by ditching the candles and try trailing some coloured fairy lights, kitsch ornaments and bright baubles between the serving dishes instead – the kids (and you) will love it.
Our picks: (left to right) 1. Slogan baubles pack of 4, £8, Next; Merry and bright Christmas crackers pack of 12, £24, Debenhams
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