Christmas table setting trends
If it’s your turn to serve up the dinner everyone’s been waiting for all year - no pressure or anything - you’ll want to give it the backdrop it deserves. Our three show-stopping Christmas dining ideas are on hand to transform any 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.Shop Christmas Dining
A TWIST ON THE TRADITIONAL
The green, red and white Christmas table is always a crowd-pleaser, and this year’s update embraces the kind of eclectic luxury that the interiors world has gone wild for – remember those velvet sofas? Pairing rustic touches like pinecones and berries with metallics, diamond-cut glassware and quirky print dinnerware, it fits in all those festive favourites whilst feeling gloriously decadent.
Its appeal lies in its adaptability. There’s a lot of room for manoeuvre, however invested you are – a few expertly scattered baubles can be just as effective as a full on Bacchanalian feast piled high with cinnamon sticks and dried orange slices, à la interiors blogger Melanie Lissack's styling. Foliage is key, too. Forest finds like pinecones and berries work so well woven into garlands and candle wreaths – and don’t forget the obligatory sprig of rosemary in your cocktail.
A LUXED UP SCANDI SCHEME
Yes, we’re taking style notes from those eternally chic Scandinavians again. Dark winters up in the Northern hemisphere have made them the experts in maximising light come Christmas time via crisp whites, fresh foliage and gentle shimmer – all perfect for the table. Gold might be synonymous with seasonal celebrations, but we think silver deserves more than a little love too - in this case, just the hint of festive magic that maketh writer and stylist Cate St Hill's table.
When it comes to the practical bits, forget the layers of plates and naff folded napkins in favour of simple shapes and long-stemmed glassware. Eucalyptus is a stylist’s shortcut to chic, and this simple scheme can take more than a few twigs – try nestling a mixture of glass, lustre and matte baubles among branches in place of a formal garland. And if you’re feeling creative, this idea pairs perfectly with DIY details like hand-written name cards.
A CELEBRATION OF SPARKLE
Sometimes, only sparkle will do. This trend recreates the kind of table we like to think the royals sit around for their Christmas dinner - that means plenty of gold, opulent detail and pops of palace-approved purple. Call it a tribute to the roaring ‘20s or just an opportunity to indulge your showy side, it’s a true celebration of everything we love about the season. After all, if you can’t get the gold cutlery out at Christmas, when can you?
Melanie Lissack’s styling has totally embraced the ‘more is more’ mantra, but she’s added clever delicate touches, like the lisianthus stems at each setting. There’s plenty of print, but the deco theme of the different patterns means they layer surprisingly well. And whilst the gold could feel flash, don’t feel you have to banish the lot to the attic once Christmas is over. Individual pieces – like the gold-rimmed glassware – can be dressed down for a dinner party by ditching the tablecloth.