Styling a Christmas Table

For most people, the most anticipated event of the festive season is tucking into the gargantuan feast and all the trimmings; gathering everyone round the table for our two favourite F words: food and family.

Christmas is the perfect time to switch up your everyday décor and create the table setting of dreams for you and your guests to dine at. So, to help you on your way to hosting a magical meal for all the fam, here’s all the styling suggestions you need to make your table the talking point this Christmas. We even called on Maxine from the We Love Home blog for a few top tips you’ll find sprinkled throughout!

Pick a theme

Use lots of fresh foliage on your tabletop. Lay branches of Eucalyptus down the centre of your table and place a sprig of berries at each place setting for a festive feel.Maxine Brady

Reds and greens always make for a traditional colour combination whilst frosty silvers, whites and golds create a contemporary Scandi feel. You can pair dark charcoal grey linens and gold accents with a hint of red for a tablescape that’s both modern and cosy. For anyone itching to exercise their festive finesse, why not plan a menu that highlights your theme, too. Hostess with the mostest dontchaknow!

Layer your look

Add more visual interest to your table with charger plates and placemats. It’s a simple way to elevate your décor and it also makes your guests feel a little fancy pants.


Fill the centre of your table with ivy, poinsettias and sprigs of holly for a traditional look or scatter in some dried oranges and pinecones amongst a garland for a rustic effect. For a fuss-free floral tablescape, you can always just stick with the greenery and a sprinkling of table confetti or white baubles.

Consider your interior style

Complementing your table décor with the rest of your space is an easy way to make sure all your elements come together. Incorporate similar tones, patterns or textures from your interior style into your table setting to create a beautifully balanced atmosphere for you and your guests.

Use a centrepiece

Create height with candles, vases filled with fresh foliage, flowers, ornaments or a mixture of all of them. A Christmas wreath can double up as a table centrepiece and looks charming with a few pillar candles dotted amongst it. Just make sure there’s enough room for all your tableware, serving dishes and glasses.


Fairy lights will let your table glimmer way past lunch time. Pop strings of battery powered fairy lights down your table and candles will add glow to your Christmas lunch. Maxine Brady

How do you want to light your Christmas table? Do you want twinkly fairy lights, ambient candlelight or the warm glow of a floor lamp. Mood lighting is always great for a dinner setting. Use individual tea lights in holders, pillar candles in hurricane lamps or lanterns for a laid-back setting, perfect for relaxing with friends and family.

Place cards

Write your guests’ names on place cards, leaving one side blank for guests to fill in an achievement or something they’re proud of this year. Make a napkin bundle and place a name card on top with a sprig of something festive for a simple and aesthetically-pleasing way to help your guests find their seat.

It’s all in the detail

Keep track of whose glass is whose with coloured ribbons that match the theme of your table top. It saves drinks being wasted, too.Maxine Brady

From cutlery to glassware, the finer details can make all the difference when it comes to setting a table for Christmas. Here’s the part when you can bring out your metallic knives and forks and luxe gold-rimmed glasses. Pull out all the stops!


It’s not Christmas unless you’re navigating yours and your family members’ arms is it? We are of course talking about pulling the crackers. Coordinate your party crackers with the rest of your colour scheme or mix and match with a kitsch print to lift a darker arrangement.

How will you be decorating your Christmas table this year? We’d love to hear what festive themes you’re going for!