‘Tis the season to start thinking about decorating your home for the holidays. Whether you’re someone who decorates early or waits until the last minute, there’s something special about creating a beautiful table scape for your loved ones to enjoy on Christmas Day. With so much time spent cooking, laughing, and indulging, why not invest some time into making your table shine this year? It’s an opportunity to let your creativity rule and put a personal stamp on your Christmas table.
Choosing a Theme:
Start by selecting a theme that resonates with you. There are no rules here, so feel free to go beyond the traditional Christmas themes. You could base your designs on your favourite colour palette, create a mini winter wonderland, or even incorporate natural elements like foliage. Having a theme will provide a cohesive look to your festive table.
Foraging for Decorations:
Take the opportunity to get outside and forage for natural decorations. Pine cones, berries, mistletoe, and other autumnal materials can add a unique touch to your table. We’ll come back to how to use these elements later.
If there are children in the house get them involved in making decorations for the table. Adding homemade elements can make your table feel even more personal. From hand-drawn place settings to napkin rings, it’s a fun Christmas crafting exercise for all ages.
Crackers are the ultimate Christmas table accessory. Nowadays, you can find a wide range of cracker fillings, so plan in advance and choose ones that your guests will enjoy. From pre-mixed cocktails to scented candles, traditional toys to way out there treats, there are plenty of gift options available. Alternatively, you can buy empty cracker casings and fill them with something of your choice.
Linens and Tableware:
The linens and tableware serve as the backdrop for your table scape. Opt for plain textured linen tablecloths or runners to create a blank canvas for your decorations. If you’re going heavy on the decs, it’s best to avoid patterns here. Make sure to leave enough space on the table for the main course and all the sides. To reserve enough space, place your serving platters and bowls on the table as you’re dressing it.
The centrepiece is the focal point of your table scape. Get creative by combining various elements like fresh greenery, dried foliage, ornaments, and candles. You can place berry stems or branches in a vase and hang decorations from them to create a striking centrepiece. Arrange them consciously, considering different heights and textures. Whether you choose a vase with fresh flowers or a garland running down the centre, adding natural elements is a great way to bring in festive colours and textures. Don’t forget to add twinkling lights by incorporating some well-placed candles.
Lastly, If you’re the one doing most of the cooking, make sure it’s somewhere you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your favourite Christmas drink. Pour a glass, take a deep breath, and embrace the joy of the season. Merry Christmas!
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