Christmas day should be as relaxing for the host as it is for their guests! With that in mind, I’ve put together five easy steps to help you get your Christmas table setting ready in time for the big day.
1. Set your table in layers
The key to setting any table is to work in layers. For many of us, the starting point is a table cloth, but keep in mind that you can be flexible with this as well! For an indoor setting, I like to use a linen cloth. The beauty of linen is that it is a relaxed material, with natural wrinkles part of its charm. Don’t spend hours ironing, simply cover your table and add your place settings.
For this year’s look, I’ve started with a large plate for the main course, and added a smaller plate for sides and nibbles. A water and wine glass at each setting, as well as cutlery completes the basics. We’ll go through adding the decorative details a bit later!
For a more casual table setting, try moving the festivities outdoors and do away with the table cloth altogether! Instead, start with some nice table runners or placemats in natural materials such as jute or linen as your first layer. Again, add your dinnerware in simple tones of white, cream or grey, followed by your cutlery.
2. Details, details, details…
Now that you’ve got the basic setting ready, it’s time to get creative! Every year, I pick a colour theme for my Christmas decorating, and my table is no exception. One of the easiest way to carry this theme through to your Christmas table is to add napkins in your favourite seasonal colour. Paired back with neutral colours in your dinnerware, the table will look festive without being cluttered!
Don’t forget to add some extra festive touches for the centre of the table! Before you serve your meal, try burning something with a Christmassy scent to set the mood! My pick for Christmas this year is the Circa Home Christmas fragrance, Cinnamon Sticks!
3. Add some fresh flowers and foliage
I can’t go past fresh flowers and foliage when styling up any space for an occasion. For the Christmas table, look for foliage with some length so that you can use it down the length of the table. Eucalyptus looks and smells great, but you could use whatever you can find in your garden that would suit. Add some fresh flowers in vases in the room for another pop of colour and freshness!
4. Keep it simple
Keep in mind that large centrepieces or tall candles on the table can obscure your guests’ view across the table and make it hard for conversation to flow. Keep your decorative details simple, and remove any unnecessary clutter from the table.
5. A gift for your guests
Instead of the traditional Christmas bon-bon, why not give your guests a small gift that they’ll love to take home with them? A mini Christmas candle is a great idea and adds the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas table setting!