Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or just looking to add a little sparkle to your own dining room, these ideas will help you create an unforgettable festive feast.

Simple symmetry

One of the simplest ways to create a beautiful Christmas table is with symmetry. It requires minimum effort but has maximum effect. Ensuring a symmetrical display is pleasing to the eye and will instantly draw your guests in.

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Plaid prints

Dress up your table with plaid. Layering tartan prints are a season staple that instantly adds a warm touch. From blankets to tablecloths, napkins and place mats, plaid prints add a whimsical touch.

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Christmas table centrepiece

There are many options to choose from when selecting a festive centrepiece. From fresh green garlands to metallic baubles, stunning floral displays to impressive candelabras, there are a variety of designs that create a wonderful focal point. Why not try a bit of DIY and make your own exactly as you want it.

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Rustic nature

Rather than decorating your table with festive themes, why not take inspiration from nature? Use fresh green foliage, pine cones and natural fibres, such as jute, for a rustic, woodland themed display. This type of decoration is simple to achieve and won’t break the bank, with many of the components easily foraged for in the woods.  

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Personal touches

Enhance your place settings by including a personal touch. Name tags ensure guests know where they are to be seated and can be tied to the bottom of their glass later on. Small touches like this shows guests the care and attention to detail that has gone into the decoration.

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Gift boxes

Charm your guests by including a gift box with their place settings. These can include hand-made keepsakes, personalised gifts or delicious treats. Place inside mini gift boxes and decorate with ribbon or twine. This is simple yet effective way to make your loved ones feel special.

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Stylish simplicity

Don’t underestimate the impact of low-key décor. Understated simplicity can have a big impression and is easy to produce. Use classic crockery, stylish silver cutlery and muted napkins. A simple centrepiece of green foliage will create an uncluttered and charismatic look.   

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Bring out the festive spirit with candles

Candles are an easy way to bring out the festive spirit. Candlelight creates the perfect ambience for festivities. A warm glow evokes a calm and soothing atmosphere that is ideal for the season. Scented candles captivate the senses with aromas of cinnamon, red berries, orange and pine.  

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Traditional colour palette

Capture the essence of Christmas with a traditional colour palette. Tones of red, green and gold create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Winter wonderland

Create a magical feel with a Winter Wonderland theme. Use white accessories, such as a crisp white tablecloth, table runners with snowflake motifs and chic white plates. Choose garlands with snowy tips for that freshly fallen snow look. Add a refined touch with silver cutlery, elegant wine glasses and folded white napkins.

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Colour coordination

Coordinating your colours is a sure way to create a sophisticated, streamlined look. Choose a curated colour palette by opting for one or two colours that complement each other. Enhance the look with a pop of metallics.

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