Our top tips for a traditional Christmas tablescape
Will you be hosting Christmas dinner this year? As well as planning your menu, this is a great time to think about how you’ll style your dinner table. We’ll be showcasing five looks to inspire you to create a show-stopping Christmas Tablescape this festive season, starting with a quintessential Traditional table.
We recommend you design and lay out your dinner table a day or two beforehand so you can sit back and enjoy it on the big day. Getting organised and preparing your table in advance can dramatically reduce your stress levels whilst you’re busy preparing your Christmas dinner.
1. Choose your base
Start by choosing your base. Your choice of tablecloth or runner will set the tone for your tablescape and frame the rest of the design. A white tablecloth is the perfect canvas to create your festive display, and one with lace or embroidered detailing only adds to the traditional theme.
Ensure the colour of your chosen tablecloth pairs well with the colour scheme in your kitchen. A neutral-toned space like this ‘Ceramic’ Shaker Chelsea kitchen will work in harmony with many a pattern and colour scheme and acts as the perfect stage to showcase your table design.
2. Start your centrepiece
In the centre of your table, lay out a garland filled with lush greenery. Many of us will have a Christmas garland at home, but if yours is looking a little sparce you can fill it out by adding foraged foliage such as stems of Eucalyptus or even fallen sprigs from your own Christmas tree. Adding natural elements like berries and pinecones to your centrepiece will bring further festive warmth to your table.
3. Add festive decor
Going the extra mile with your decor is what turns your typical Sunday roast into a spectacular Christmas feast. Varying the height throughout your Tablescape will add interest and allure, and you can never go wrong with pillar candles on a Christmas table. We entwined tall candles of varying height, colour and dimension into the greenery to create a calm and warming glow that amplifies the sparkle and magic of the table. This sets the perfect ambience for your Christmas dinner.
Rustic bottle brush trees are making an appearance on many a Tablescape this Christmas due to their playful yet elegant nature. Adding one either end of the table adds more height and texture to a centrepiece.
4. Pick the perfect pattern
Incorporating patterns into your traditional Christmas tablescape will make the table as memorable as the menu. A classic red gingham placemat beautifully frames the white tableware and enhances the other red elements on the table. We opted for these understated and minimal white plates but if you happen to have some patterned crockery, clashing patterns work well to create a whimsical feel in a traditional tablescape.
Traditional faceted glassware is a beautiful addition as it reflects the shimmering candle light and exudes an elegant vibe.
5. The little touches
It’s often the little details that make the biggest impact on a Christmas table. For a traditional theme we like to entwine red berries into our napkins to add a little pop of colour to the white tableware. Going for stand-out cutlery in a contrasting colour tone can also add an extra touch of elegance to the table.
Consider adding smaller touches like place cards or handwritten menus to make the table feel extra personal for your guests.
Now you’ve finished your Tablescape, sit back, relax, and admire your festive display ahead of preparing your Christmas dinner. Remember, your Tablescape is not just for Christmas day; these designs are perfect for the whole festive period including New Year’s Eve and boxing Day.