A beautifully dressed dinner table is the mark of a special occasion, and what could be more special than Christmas day surrounded by friends and family.
There are now so many new inventive ways of decorating your table, including unique centrepieces, and I’m going to share with you a few of my favourite ideas.
Whether you choose to use fresh evergreen decorations from your garden or local woodland, or you simply arrange a few of your leftover baubles, you’ll have your dining table Christmas-ready in no time at all.
Generally, it’s best to decide on an overall style and colour scheme before you begin.
Don’t forget to work with the things you already have in place—use what’s at your disposal, building it gradually.
Consider the size of your table as a way to measure how much space to allocate to the centrepiece and keep in mind the height of the display so as to not obstruct conversation or line of sight.
For a traditional look, you can make an evergreen centrepiece using an oasis ring from a florist. Soak the oasis in water for 10 minutes and then use fir branches, ivy and holly foliage to cover the base of your oasis. For a table runner, use the same base foliage but add in easily attainable pine cones and moss to make it stand out.
For a more modern look you can drape evergreen vines and branches down the centre of the table, with candles and pine cones nestled in amongst it. Springs of rosemary paired with your candles can be really effective and beautifully scent the area.
Your place settings should be an extension of your table decoration as a whole.
They should seamlessly tie in with the centrepiece and the overall colour scheme of the table.
If you used a lot of fir in your centrepiece, why not place a little sprig of fir on each plate? You can even hang decorations off the back of chairs to finish the look.
Adding a personal touch such as a name card or small favour is always a lovely addition if you have the time.
Cinnamon sticks can be used to mark each place and will add a festive cheery smell to each napkin when used.
Don’t forget to include the essentials such as plates and cutlery for each course, glassware and a napkin, which can be folded neatly, or into shapes such as Christmas trees.