As you start to make plans for the festive season, you’ll inevitably begin to search for beautiful Christmas tablescape ideas. While Pinterest has a plethora of fantastic suggestions (check out our Christmas tablescape ideas board here), it can be a little overwhelming! So, with that in mind, we’re sharing our favourite ideas and inspiration for a Christmas table that will wow your guests in this post.
And we’ve also included a list of Christmas tablescaping dos and don’ts to make sure your festive table is absolutely perfect on the big day!
Christmas tablescape ideas to wow your guests
1. A metallic Christmas tablescape
Christmas is a time for excess and opulence and metallics are ideal for creating a luxe and lavish table. Choose from gold, silver, bronze, or (our favourite) rose-gold for your metallic table accents. You might use metallic baubles, napkin rings, cutlery, chargers or a metallic fabric runner. There’s no need to buy new items for metallic themed tablescape. Take a look in your local charity shop for metallic items and remember that a good metallic spray paint can work wonders and help create a cohesive table setting.
One way to make a stunning (and easily moveable) table centre, is to pile metallic baubles under a glass cloche.
2. Festive flora
It’s no secret that we are huge fans of bringing the outside in and the British tradition of using ever-green plants to decorate our homes in winter is long-established. Christmas trees, mistletoe, wreaths and garlands are all used to represent eternal life and confidence that spring will return.
Why not see what you can gather from your garden or nearby green spaces to create a natural table centre? Christmas tree off-cuts are usually easy to get hold of at garden centres and you’ll likely find pine cones on the ground if you live in the countryside. Holly and ivy both tend to grow prolifically, so if you have a neighbour with these plants, they may be happy for you to give them a good trim and donate the cuttings to your table decor!
Add height and drama to your Christmas dining decor without obscuring your guests’ eye-line by suspending a wreath above the table. Add some fairy lights and this can give a magical, twinkly feel to your festive meal.
3. Table setting details
Consider the details when setting your dining table for Christmas. Make sure that each guest has all they will need in terms of crockery, cutlery and glassware and that each of these things work with, or compliment your theme. You might choose to add candles, special napkins, place names and of course, crackers!
4. Magical whimsy
There is a fine line, but if you can stay the right side of whimsical, playful and fun decor, without straying into twee or cutesy, your decor can feel truly magical. This is especially true if you have young children (or are young at heart).
One way to add a little whimsy is with tiny festive elements. We love these miniature gingerbread houses which can double as place-holders, but you might prefer tiny bottle-brush Christmas trees, or vintage baubles. Teeny rosemary wreaths are an adorable idea too.
5. Secret surprises
If there’s one thing we love, it is something unexpected and fun. Surprise and delight your guests with a little gift. Perhaps something edible like a candy cane, or a tree ornament to take home with them.
Alternatively, if you’re looking to get conversation flowing, try giving each guest a quote about Christmas, or challenge them to solve a riddle.
Simple games are another great way to bring everyone together. Give each guest a little-known fact about someone else at the table. They then have to guess who the fact relates to. Younger guests might enjoy a game of Christmas bingo (find free printable cards here).
Christmas tablescape dos and don’ts
- DO leave enough space on your table for the festive food. Or at least, make the table centre(s) easy to move when it’s time to serve.
- DON’T make your centrepiece too high! Your guests will want to see each other while they enjoy the feast.
- DO make it your own. There’s no need to stick to a traditional Christmas colour palette of red, white and green. Perhaps you love black, navy, or even pink? There is no reason why you shouldn’t create a beautiful tablescape in any colour.
- DON’T include anything highly scented. While we love cinnamon and cloves at Christmas, nothing should distract from the delicious aroma of your dinner. So save the scented candles for after everyone has finished eating.
- DO read our tablescaping tips to create the perfect Christmas table.
- DON’T worry about having matching tableware. It’s unlikely that you’ll have enough matching plates, cutlery and glasses to cater for your extended family. It’s perfectly fine (and indeed quite charming) to mix and match tableware at Christmas. Use your accessories and theme to tie everything together instead of fretting about keeping things matchy-matchy.