Christmas is for spending quality time with loved ones, and it’s generally accepted that food is the lubricant for all things merry: platters and serving boards are to Christmas dinner what chocolate is to advent; somehow, a table that doesn’t satiate one’s appetite for choice (read: pass all the sides, please) feels somehow incomplete. And since dinner is one of the most exciting times of the season, it’s only natural that we want the table looking up to scratch. A festively decorated table is something that everyone can enjoy and makes the day feel a little bit more special. Some might say a grand occasion.
Luckily, setting a beautiful Christmas table is a piece of cake – providing you’ve got all the right equipment on hand. All you need is matching table linen, a few statement pieces of serveware, a few candles and some Christmas garb – whether they are branches of a fir tree or simple Christmas decorations is up to you. Together, these things can make a truly gorgeous festive table, and won’t require much work to arrange.
Linen table linen – a present for yourself on Boxing day
A high-quality set of matching table linen is the foundation of your whole table, and linen is a fantastic choice for Christmas. Why you ask? Linen fabric is extremely durable and very easy to clean. It can be washed at up to 60°C, making stain-removal a breeze… and your good mood impervious to red-wine spills and gravy splatters. The only drawback is that linen is prone to wrinkling, and must be ironed damp. That done, though, and you’ll have extra-smooth linen with a beautiful drape, giving your Christmas table setting elegant flair.
Matching tablecloths, runners and napkins
Make a big impact with little effort by using matching table linen, and help the rest of your Christmas table decorations shine. Match the table to the rest of your Christmas theme by picking your colour: use a burgundy red for a traditional and rich looking table, or opt for white with embroidery for something a little more formal. If you have an eclectic mix of decorations around the home, greens, oranges or blues look pretty, too. If you’re undecided, grey table linen is a great choice because it’s elegant and pairs superbly with red and green. You can, of course, go for complementing colours: a grey tablecloth and napkins with a dark red table runner and placemats absolutely looks the part.
CAVAILLON PLACE MAT
SELLIA PLACE MAT
They say we eat with our eyes, so when serving your dinner, paying a little extra attention to the tableware can elevate your meal from delicious to fit-for-a-king. Keep it casual with unique pieces made from naturally beautiful materials, like slate, marble, or olive wood for platters. Geometric crockery is perfect for serving the sides.
NIMRI SERVING BOARD
KAMO LARGE BOWL
Christmas table decorations
For the centrepiece, you don’t need bells and whistles to make it merry. Steal a couple of the back branches of your Christmas tree (if you have a real one) and place one on either end of the table. Arrange a few Christmas ornaments around them, and finish with two or three candles. For the table, it’s best to use candle holders that envelop the flame to avoid accidental knocks (and so arms hairs are spared when passing the sides).