The Christmas Table
Whether you’re hosting a family feast for 10 or spending a cosy evening à deux, table decorations instantly set the tone for a memorable meal. Linger at the table a little longer this Christmas and create a show-stopping party setting or plan ahead for Christmas Day with our festive table themes.
Christmas conjures a classic palette of green, red and gold; achieve a truly traditional spread with rustic tableware, sparkling crystal glassware and natural accents. Make your own sweet-smelling centrepiece with clove-studded oranges, bundles of cinnamon sticks and ribbon-festooned wreaths filled with pillar candles.
Inspired by the tale of the Three Kings, ruby red, emerald and sapphire are all regal choices for the Christmas table. Choose plates with opulent gold accents and collect a mismatched selection of coloured glasses – we love Waterford’s exquisite Clarendon range – that come to life against the flickering glow of candles. Add to the festivities with a scatter of gold star confetti
For a sweet and simple table setting, look to the finer details. The Vera Wang for Wedgwood collection is imbued with subtle romance, from the love knot detailing to the lace-trimmed crockery. Perfectly complement an all-white theme with a centrepiece of roses and tall, tapered candles and get a head-start on Christmas gifting with a special treat waiting on each plate.
For those that prefer Christmas to be kitsch, the dining table can prove an artistic adventure. Gather decorations from around the house to create a marvellous menu of things to admire; pull together a quick, sparkling centrepiece by filling a large vase with glitter-encrusted baubles or set up a circus-themed parade of animal ornaments dancing down the length of the table.
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