So as promised on Monday, today I’m sharing how I’ll be setting my table for Christmas. In the interests of full disclosure, it’s actually going to be a small one this year! While we’re spending time with his whole family on the day, for Christmas dinner, it’ll just be Wayne, his mum and I so the table will only be set for 3 rather than 6! But setting half a table seemed a bit weird so I figured I’d go full hog and share how it would look for more.
I stuck to the palette I’ve used all over this Christmas – white, black and gold – and kept the table quite simple and elegant. I brought out my new side plates and gold candle holders from John Lewis and combined that with a mix of stemware with my vintage tumblers and martini glasses.
I’ve used the same cutlery on my table for years now (I know, you’re probably sick of it by now!). I got a full set for 12 place settings on eBay for about £30 and I take them out every time I want my table to look a bit fancy!
I didn’t change my centrepiece from what you saw on Monday – I just added everything around it to fill in the space. I quite love how regal my stags look, watching over everything. The little sparkly Christmas tree candle I’ve had for a few years now.
I even kept the layering to a minimum (well for me) – I skipped a table cloth and opted for a gold and white runner I got from Zara home a few years back and just layered my plates on white and gold chargers. When I don’t use a lot of colour, I quite like a good mix of patterns. The spotty plates from Zara Home have also been in heavy rotation for years now. It’s such a simple pattern but seem to work with everything.
On the plates themselves, I used a mix of black and white linen napkins rolled into brass napkin holders with a little sparkly Christmas pick. It’s just enough to add a little bit of a festive touch.
I think what I’ve learned over the years about setting a table is making sure to buy good base items in a neutral palette. White just never goes out of style and I’ve loved gold for years now (yes, before it was actually trendy!) and so collecting gilded pieces over the years means most of what I have now ‘matches’ even if the individual pieces aren’t a matching set. I have more colourful pieces too of course but these can easily be combined with anything in my ‘base’ collection so it’s easy to create unique table settings when you’ve got a decent collection to start building from.
Every year I add a few new pieces and it makes the whole table feel fresh and different even if some of the items on my table have shown up in nearly every table setting I’ve ever done!
Okay, I’m going to shut up now and just let the pictures do the talking!
So that’s my Christmas table! Will you be serving up Christmas dinner this year? Or will you be leaving that up to someone else?