Christmas lunch is the ultimate dinner party and the perfect excuse to go all-out on stylish table decorations that will really wow your guests. Creating a well-styled table can set the tone for your entire Christmas day and creating that magical feeling really doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here’s the Styleboxe step-by-step guide for a fabulous festive look:
Invest in Year Round Decorations
Remember, just like your tree, your table setting can be used throughout the Christmas period and not just for Christmas lunch. Carefully considered key pieces can also be used at other times of year. Our Gold Glamour Christmas Table Decoration Set includes intricate gold candle pots and ornate candle holders which are timeless and would work equally well for a summer garden party or birthday celebration. All our Christmas Table Looks come in a beautiful keepsake box – perfect for storing all your items until you need them again.
Think about your glassware and ceramics; are they contemporary in styling or do you favour traditional cut glass? This will help you make a decision on what styling best works with your existing pieces. White crockery is always versatile, offering a ‘blank canvas’ that allows your delicious food to take centre stage.
Have a Theme
When choosing colours for your Christmas table, consider your decorative theme around the rest of the house so that your table design brings everything together. Designed to remove the hassle from shopping for individual matching items, our Styleboxe themes blend effortlessly. Our top three styling themes help you pin point your exact style of festive décor. Decide if you want to go for traditional, modern or decadent and then reflect that through all of your styling.
Pile cinnamon sticks and satsumas into bowls around the rest of the house – the scent and colours will add to the festive atmosphere and this type of decoration is simple and inexpensive to create. Our Traditional Christmas Table Decoration Set is perfect for a more classic setting. Reds and golds are the perfect colour combination and the adorable metal birds with their knitted hats make a fun addition.
Think contemporary lighting and natural wood. Twigs and branches can be used around the home along with Mistletoe and Eucalyptus, both ideal for draping along mantels and mirrors as they don’t need to be kept in water. Large bunches of fresh lime-coloured mistletoe tied with natural sisal hanging in an entrance room or hallway will give a relaxed, welcoming feel. Our Nordic Christmas Table Decoration Set perfectly captures all of the elements of this on-trend Scandi styling.
Choose rich gold colourways, lots of sparkle and lashings of champagne. Use scented candles around the home to set the mood with the heady fragrances of patchouli, ginger and myrrh. Our Styleboxe Gold Twinkle Christmas Table Decoration Set includes lavish mercury tealight holders, gold and glass bauble place holders and sparkling fir cones.
Position Everything Correctly
Run through the courses you are serving and what cutlery you will need before starting to set out the table. It’s easiest to start with the placemat or charger plate which will be the centre of each place setting. No matter how formal or relaxed an event, cutlery follows one simple rule; set the cutlery on the table in the order it will be used, from the outside in. The water glass belongs to the right of the plate, just above the knife. Wine glasses should be set to the right of the water glass in the order in which they will be used.
Remember sometimes less really is more. Christmas is a time of year when we all have a tendency to go a little overboard, particularly when it comes to decoration. Keep in mind your chosen theme and try to use an eclectic mix of materials. Play with tonal contrast such as glittering gold and natural woods. Our Woodland Christmas Table Decoration Set combines silver glass candle holders along with elements of fir and natural foliage, keeping the design simple yet stylish.
Laying the table for Christmas lunch can be as much fun as decorating the tree. Children can be involved in writing the place settings using glitter pens. Ask them to scatter the sprinkle decorations and arrange the napkins. Tea lights make a nice change to candles but use battery-operated alternatives if there are very small children around.
With a bit of planning, some Styleboxe inspiration and your own finishing touches, your festive table will be a stunning centrepiece in your home this Christmas.