So you’re hosting Christmas this year for 12 people, 3 children and the dog. How did that end up happening?!
You want to dress your Christmas table to wow your guests, and there are certain aspects you need in order to create the perfect Christmas table setting. Without one of these aspects, your table can look incomplete.
I’ve teamed up with dwell to bring you this step-by-step guide on how to dress your Christmas table that will look stunning.
1. A Clean Table
Start by prepping your table and give it a good clean! You don’t want your guests to be sat at the table with crumbs on from the night before.
Now is also a good time to count how many guests you have coming over and set the right amount of chairs around the table. If you don’t have enough chairs, it’s a good time to invest. I love these ones from dwell which can be used in other rooms the rest of the year, then placed around the table over Christmas.
2. A Table Runner
Start off by laying a table runner down the longest length of the table. Whether you choose to go with rustic tartan, modern grey silk or a sparkly Christmas one, it works as the base of your table dressing and will set the theme of the rest of the table. Whatever colours the runner uses, stick to those in the rest of the table.
For Christmas, I love keeping the table red and gold, or white, grey and silver. Both combinations feel Christmassy and work every time.
3. Charger Plates
I love using charger plates as a special replacement for a table mat. Table mats work just as well, but chargers help to add that little bit of height to your table. You can buy them in plenty of colours, sparkly, patterned or plain. You can then place the plates on top of the chargers. These white and gold plates are making me feel all Christmassy and would look stunning on a black charger to make them stand out.
4. Cutlery and napkins
You should think about what you’re eating in order to put the right cutlery out. Do you need two sets of knives and forks, and a fork and spoon for dessert? Are you laying out a cheeseboard, in which case you might need an extra knife at each place?
These small details need to be thought about in advance, so you don’t run out of anything. Put your napkins on the right of each plate with two knives on top, and the two forks on the other side.
Each place should have a wine glass and a tumbler for water. If you’re drinking champagne, you need a glass fit for the job. I’ve fallen in love with these champagne flutes from dwell which add a bit of gold to your Christmas table.
6. A Centrepiece to Wow
The final touch? A centrepiece that will wow your guests. This could be a plant, a large bowl filled with fruit or pinecones, or even a dessert on a cake stand.
The centrepiece should add height to your table, so it’s best to choose something that is quite tall, such as an orchid plant in a vase.
Below, you can find some images to give you some inspiration!
If you’re still struggling, you can find plenty of inspiration over on Pinterest.