Use the traditional colours of Christmas for your tablescape with sprigs of holly berries (you can get fake ones!) on green salad plates. A checkered table runner adds vintage flair.
Clean, floral look
Don’t have a table runner or tablecloth? Spruce up your dining table with flowers and foliage instead, and keep the rest of the diningware simple for a clean look. Simple, handwritten placecards with your guests’ names on them offer a homely but thoughtful touch.
Peppermint candy cane holders
This simple yet super festive idea is so easy to replicate; all you need are candy canes, ribbon and place cards. Tie two candy canes together and use them to prop up your guests’ names to make them feel extra special.
Minimal but festive
For a more subtle look, ground your tablescape with a neutral grey tablecloth and clean white plates and napkins. Then, tie a small wooden tree or other decorative ornament around each napkin, along with a small sprig of dill or herb. So simple!
Fun with polka-dots
A simple polka-dotted table runner is the perfect accent piece for a last-minute table setting. Pepper is with succulents for a fresh and lively feel, before the food comes out.
White and black is a classic colour combination, so go for a crisp white tablecloth and black cutlery. Add Black-and-white plates with interesting decorative patterns give a fun twist to the monochromatic look. Of course, don’t forget to balance out the look and prevent it from looking flat with live greenery.
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Retro colour blocking
Here’s an easy way to play with colour: Work with three analogous shades (that is, three colours that sit near each other on the colour wheel) for a chic, retro feel. Start with a dinner plate at the base, then a napkin, and a salad plate on top. Let everyone have a different colour for a more interesting twist. Then, jazz up the setting with fancy gold or brass cutlery.
Channel the jungalow vibe with trendy monstera leaves beneath each guests’ dinner plate. Write their names on a separate leaf and wrap it around the salad plate. Wood and green go perfectly together, so you don’t even need table linen!
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Dark and moody
A deep, forest green tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for a dark and cosy atmosphere. It will also make your brass and glass pieces pop, so don’t hold back with gold cutlery, candleholders and more. Black or dark blue plates help balance the overall look.
If you’re really short on time, but still want to impress your guests, this look doesn’t take more than five minutes to pull together. Simply lay round textured placemats at each seat, followed with a simple white starter or dinner plate, with a rolled napkin on top. A simple vase of flowers instantly elevates the tablescape.
Light it up
Create a cosy feel with a linen table runner and green tinsel or an artificial garland with fairylights wound around it. Arrange red napkins on the plates for a classic, traditional and feel, and use a napkin ring if you’re feeling fancy.
Minimalist Japanese style
If you’re not big on the traditional Christmas elements, go your own way with a more modern table setting. This one has a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, with wood and white elements. You still have the essentials of a table setting – such as the napkin, place card, dinner plate, cutlery, glass – but instead of a typical base plate, why not opt for a rectangular board, for instance?
Accent with a leaf
Got clear plates? Place a pretty leaf underneath each one as an accent piece. Natural elements like rattan, wicker and bamboo help enhance the natural, botanical theme.
No snow, no problem-o. Create a frosty, wintry tablescape with dinnerware that have a glazed, light green and textured finish. Gold cutlery and napkin rings add a glamour factor to the space.