I adore doing Christmas table settings. Actually, I just enjoy doing table settings in general but at Christmas, I feel like I can really pull out the stops and have a bit of fun with it. Because if you can’t go all out on the decor at Christmas, when can you?
While I’m normally perfectly happy to mix and match my existing stash of dishes, I was contacted by Portmeirion Group earlier in the month who have some beautiful ranges for really, any time of year. I thought teaming up with them would be a great way to share a few of their products if you’re planning your own Christmas dinner table setting. It was the Spode Ruskin House range that caught my eye for my own table because it’s so different from what I currently own. While it definitely lends itself to a more traditional look, as you can see, it can easily combine with contemporary pieces too for a nice mix and match effect.
The other thing I love about the set is that it includes various patterns that work perfectly together. Now, I’m not afraid of a bit of pattern mixing but if you are a little nervous about what would work with what, this takes any guesswork out of it as it contains three different leaf patterns in the same lovely green colourway and each works beautifully on its own or in combination with the others.
Any time you mix patterns – whether it’s on your table or on your living room sofa or anywhere at all in your interiors – one of the best rules of thumb is to combine one large pattern with one medium scale pattern and finally a small scale pattern – this combination of scale means nothing is fighting for attention and it looks pleasing to the eye. Well, the Ruskin House range does this beautifully – no guesswork required!
For my setting, I started off with the Ruskin House Oak Leaf Buffet Plate, which at 30cm was perfect to use as a charger although it would be fine to use as a larger dinner plate as well. With it’s darker evergreen background and large leaf pattern, it set the stage for the other plates I layered on top.
For my dinner plate, I chose the 25cm Wreath plate which has a more traditional border, perfect for Christmas and I love the detail of the slightly fluted edge. This becomes your medium scale pattern.
The final layer was the 23cm Thyme salad plate, again with another lovely fluted edge but covered in a small-scale tiny thyme leaf pattern – so pretty in the same evergreen colourway.
To finish off the individual place setting, I used a linen embroidered napkin with a gold napkin ring and tucked a piece of fresh holly from my garden for a little Christmassy touch. You can, of course, use a small cutting from an evergreen or a few small flowers for a similar effect. Super easy!
I wanted my table to have a good mix of traditional and contemporary design so alongside the more traditional English styling of the plates and vintage bamboo cutlery and sherry glasses, I chose a much more contemporary bouquet and vase which carried the colour scheme beautifully – a mix of fresh eucalyptus, burgundy Protea Leucadendron and tree ferns alongside blush pink roses, burgundy and pink carnations, Waxflower and Heather.
I also used a set of slim gold candlestick holders with burgundy taper candles, a blush pink woven runner and some inexpensive pink brush trees and baubles to finish off the styling.
As you can see, the Ruskin House range also includes a few lovely matching pieces – which for styling purposes I simply used some fresh greenery and baubles to fill but they provide the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas dinner. Above, is the Wreath Sauceboat (perfect for gravy!) and the porcelain sandwich tray which would work nicely for bread, a side dish or canapes and starters.
There’s also a lovely little Wreath vegetable bowl with the same fluted edge which can easily go from oven to table and then straight into the dishwasher.
Here’s a birdseye view of the whole table – I love that mix and match effect. Not just for the patterns used but also for the traditional-meets-contemporary elements. I think it works so nicely for Christmas!
I’ll be sharing more of the dining room styling in a later post but I hope you enjoyed these tips for setting your own Christmas dinner table and I’d love to hear what you think! Do you like a mix of traditional and contemporary in your Christmas decorating or do you lean more towards one than the other? Have you started planning your table settings yet? Let me know in the comments!
Plus, there are a few bloggers sharing their Christmas dinner table settings this week! So do go and check out the rest of the bloggers taking part (I’ll update the links as they go live): Rachel – The Ordinary Lovely / Jen – Love Chic Loving / Fiona – FiFi McGee
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Portmeirion Group but as always, all images, opinions and products chosen are my own. I only work with brands I love and think you’ll like too! Thanks for supporting the brands that support Swoon Worthy.