Christmas decor starts outside your home, with beautiful wreaths, garlands and fairy lights. But it is inside your dining room, when family and guests sit around the table for the Christmas Day lunch, where you have to pull out all the stops and make everyone feel extra special. With luxurious napkins, gold rimmed wine glasses and trendy cutlery, our table decor should be inspiring, luxurious, decadent and very sophisticated for that special occasion. Here's how I pull the look together at our home.
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Start with a Neutral Base
A crisp white table cloth is always my first choice for a formal dinner. Red or green feels less formal and patterned table clothes can make the table feel busy. Besides, you can add colour through accessories, foliage and flowers.
Of course, white will be more prone to stains but it can also be washed in bleach more easily, removing them all. Let your friends and family enjoy their dinner, accidents will happen but today is not a day to be awfully worried about those! This particular table cloth I have here is handmade and a wedding gift but you can find similar high end quality vintage pieces online.
Choose your Cutlery & Plates
I only use this gold cutlery on spacial occasions - our every day pieces are stainless steel. But gold looks great and festive and special so it's always a good choice if you ask me. You can get gold cutlery in many places, including Argos, TK Maxx, Amazon amongst others.
If you choose gold cutlery, then you can pair them easily with gold rimmed plates like the ones below. For similar, try the LSA International DECO plates*. These porcelain plates are embellished with an eclectic mix of décor, inspired by a modern twist on the linear motifs and glamorous metallic finishes of Art Deco, and are packaged in an assorted set of four.
If you stick with one colour (in this case gold) then you can mix and match the plates. I usually go for a plan dinner plate and a patterned bread/starter plate personally, but it's up to you how to style to your preferences.
Don't forget your fancy wine/ champagne glasses
If you are looking for exceptional quality glasses, be that for water, wine or champagne and more, then look no further than LSA International. For over 50 years they have created contemporary collections for bar, table and decoration and they continue to launch brand new products each season. Their materials are carefully selected to ensure their signature, high quality finish, and complex artisan techniques are translated into distinctive products.
I was previously gifted these Deco Champagne saucers which I have used for cocktails and champagne and which I highly recommend for their unsurpassed style, perfect for a mix and match table top. They come in a set of 8, each one with its own pattern.
Above: PIP Studio Plates, LSA POLKA assorted wine glasses, tea light holder with gold rim and vase (both LSA International)
Fill in the gaps with candle Holders
You cannot have a formal dining table without candles, and here you can choose one of two options: either add low tea light holders, hidden between foliage on the table, or go for height with tall candle holders.
Remember to leave space for the main dish, especially if you are carving and serving at the table. You can always place the Christmas Crackers on the plates, you can pull these as soon as everyone is sat down, and then move them to the kitchen to make space on your table.
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