If it’s your turn to serve up the dinner everyone’s been waiting for all year, make sure your festive feast gets the backdrop it deserves. With a few tips and tricks, our three show-stopping Christmas dining ideas will transform a table from everyday to all-out celebration. And with enough decoration and detail, you just might divert the attention away from your ‘artfully charred’ turkey.
The key to this oh-so sophisticated scheme is a neutral base, so start with a tablecloth and white dinnerware. More contemporary than classic white china, the clean lines and generous proportions of coupe plates are perfect for layering.
Try playing with height - candlesticks and long-stemmed glassware will catch the light and add drama to a simple white and silver scheme. Finally, add some winter warmth with grey-green foliage. We love sprays of eucalyptus or a frosted garland intertwined with fairy lights.
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Hosting a feast for the whole family? This Scandi Christmas scheme is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. A playful twist on the traditional, team simple dinnerware with tactile textures like wood, linen and hammered glass. Foliage is key, too - forest finds like pinecones and berries work so well woven into garlands and candle wreaths.
This idea pairs perfectly with Christmas crafts and DIY details – try tying a tree decoration to each napkin as a small gift or add hand-written name cards for your guests.
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Rich copper tones and inky midnight blues might just be a match made in heaven. This cosmic Christmas table idea makes the best of both, with striking hammered metals and marble effect crackers.
Start with a navy tablecloth and add high-shine cutlery, candles and even dinnerware – we love the delicate metallic rim of the Clairmont collection. Get creative with your Christmas table decorations – a glass filled with mini baubles makes a high-impact centrepiece (with minimum effort!)
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Your Christmas table settings checklist
For each setting, start with a place mat and charger plate.
Add a napkin - either folded or rolled in a napkin ring - to the left of or on top of the charger plate.
Forks go to the left, with the smallest on the far side and the dinner fork around an inch from the plate.
Mirror this with a dinner knife about an inch to the right, followed by an optional soup spoon and a fish knife.
Up at the top of the place mat, the dessert spoon and cake fork sit horizontally, facing in opposite directions.
In the top right hand corner, add your glasses in a row.
To add a touch of luxury to the proceedings, bring out the plates for each course individually and serve on top of the charger plate. If a help-yourself main course is more your style, set the mood for sharing with an empty dinner plate and platters of food - just don't forget the serving spoons.
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