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With the festive period fast approaching many of us are turning our thoughts to getting ready for the big day, buying presents, decorating the house and even planning the Christmas dinner – I know I certainly am but then again I would start preparing for Christmas in August if it was socially acceptable!
I love getting the house ready for Christmas and Argos Home have loads of great ideas on how you can do that right here but my absolute favorite part of all is planning a big family Christmas dinner and after all that organisation, preparation and cooking you need a table setting that is going to show it off in all it’s glory.
I have put together a quick five step guide for getting your Christmas table perfect but obviously you can use it for any special occasion that requires a formal table setting or even if you just like to be a bit posh once in a while!
1. Pick a theme
The first step in creating any beautiful table setting is to decide what overall theme you want to go for. Christmas tables usually involve some kind of foliage and something a bit sparkly but you can look for inspiration anywhere, a colour, a favourite flower or even the pattern on a piece of favourite crockery. Once you have found your inspiration it will make it easier for you to tie your entire look together. You can’t beat Instagram for ideas and inspiration.
Centre pieces give you the chance to add that extra special something to your table setting. You could go for the traditional look of one central flower arrangement with decorative tea light holders dotted along the length of the table or you could go for a modern twist on this idea and create a number of smaller individual arrangements in (clean) jam jars or succulents in little plant pots then add candles in various heights or holders in between, just make sure there’s enough room left for the food!
2. Set the table
Don’t be afraid to mix things up! Matching crockery sets look lovely and add a streamlined and sophisticated look to your table but mixing up bold patterns and colours with plain white plates can also give a very stylish effect, Pile mismatched plates on top of each other and top with a bowl too. You could also use wooden chopping boards or pieces of left over fabric as place settings and try layering up your linens too or keep it paired back with a simple runner leaving your table top exposed for a more scandi vibe.
For personal touches add small handwritten place names cards between the branches of pine cones or attach to baubles for a real christmassy feel and add a small sprig of greenery to your plate such as rosemary or eucalyptus.
3. Polish the silver
Who really knows what all the different knives and forks are for that you see at posh dinner parties or at weddings?! The only rule I remember my Nanna telling me is that you work from the outside in so arrange your cutlery in order of the planned courses. There is literally a style of cutlery out there to suit whatever look you are going for and there is a trend at the moment for different coloured cutlery such as matt black or gold if you don’t fancy the usual silver.
4. Say Cheers!
White wine, Red Wine, Champagne, Water, there’s a lot of glasses needed during a formal dinner party but save yourself a lot of time and space by only using the glasses needed for the drinks you will be serving during the meal. Stick a jug of water on the table too for guests to help themselves and don’t forget the ice bucket for the Fizz!
5. And Relax
It’s happened to the best of us, your guests are invited and you think you’ve thought of everything but then you realise you don’t have enough chairs and someone always ends up on the ‘emergency chair’. Plan ahead and ensure there is adequate (comfortable) seating for everyone invited but don’t panic, if all else fails just throw a sheep skin rug or throw over a bench or chair and pass it off as hygge chic.
Now the hard work is over and its time to kick back, relax and enjoy the conversation with a cup of tea or coffee but nobody wants to be drinking out of your old chipped builders’ mug do they?! Stoneware tea sets in pink, teal and stone colours in a contemporary design lend themselves perfectly to the current Scandi style that is doing the rounds in the interiors world but mismatched vintage tea sets can also look wonderful.
So there we have it, five easy steps to table setting perfection! I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, do you have a top tip you would like to share? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section below!