The tree is up, the presents are wrapped and now it’s time to start thinking about the Christmas dinner table in preparation for the big day. Whether it's a table for two, seven or eleven, getting the right festive feel to your Christmas dinner is so important. We spoke to the experts at Etsy to gather together these table setting ideas.
Have A Theme
It helps to have a theme, to allow you to plan and create the ideal setting. You could choose a colour or a character, a texture or a pattern, a film or a book, go rustic or glam. This year, copper is a big trend - this can create the starting point for your table theme, or you may fancy something more tropical full of brightness.
Create a Centrepiece
A centrepiece adds focus to your table as your family, friends and guests come to sit down. You can create this in lots of different ways, but don’t forget it might need to be moved later on to make way for the food, so consider this when you plan. Candles and foliage arrangements always look great and add a traditional festive feel. Another idea is to place your table gifts into a Christmas tree shape, and decorate it in mini fairy lights for an instant wow.
Lights are the magic that make the table. Whilst adding twinkle and glow, the light bounces off and reflects in the decoration, glassware and sparkling cutlery. There are easy ways to add lights to your table - candles are great, such as votives or tea lights in gorgeous glass jars. You can make your own in glass jars with glitter, twine and holly or perhaps you can use tall candlesticks and candelabras above your guest’s eye line. A modern alternative is to use micro led fairy lights, wound in and around your table décor in warm and cool colours.
Make your table personal and plan who sits where to let the festivities flow. Place settings are another great way of decorating your table and can become a focal point. You can also buy place names with a difference such as wooden laser cut names with a sprig of holly tucked behind them on a white napkin. To perfectly complement your place settings, there are plenty of fun and festive napkin rings out there to match any colour and theme.
Crackers or table gifts?
Crackers or table gifts…or both?! Crackers can be bought to match any theme; some contain great games and entertainment for all generations sat at the table. If you have the time, you can even make your own as it can be a chance to include personal presents, family favourite games or charades. There are lots of cracker making kits available to purchase, which can help you achieve this. Table gifts are popular, wrapping them in same size boxes can keep your guests guessing the contents throughout dinner.
Something for the Children
Christmas dinner can be a lengthy affair and keeping the little ones entertained at the table and not escaping back to their presents can be a challenge. Include something just for them such as colouring placemats and tablecloths with a pot of festive shaped crayons, and this is a sure way to keep them focussed and quiet. A joke book is always great and lets them become the centre of the table entertainment. Other options can include puzzles, mini construction kits in the table gifts can keep them entertained depending on their interests.
Laying up a place setting
Getting this right can be tricky so just remember a couple of golden rules, forks on the left, knives on the right, facing inward…eat from the outside in. This means starters cutlery goes on the outside of the place setting and mains on the inner side, soups and deserts above the place setting. Have a separate glass for each kind of drink, fizz, white or red.
Crockery & cutlery
Are you a simple classic kind or full on festive? There are some fabulous choices of Christmas themed crockery and glassware out there and it is so easy to get carried away. Whatever you choose, make sure it compliments and enhances your table theme, tie in your chosen colours and patterns. If you go for festive patterned crockery keep the napkins plain and simple to show off your plates and glasses.
Sparkle, always sparkle!
Whatever your theme and décor…always add sparkle, as it is Christmas after all. Sprinkle table crystals and add mini baubles, glitter, mini fairy lights, candles or just classic sparkling glassware. Most of all have fun and let your family, friends and guests be your sparkle!
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