Logo

Three table setting themes to inspire you this Christmas

PUBLISHED: 17:10 05 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 06 December 2017

Gold and animal print make for a funky table setting: Leopard Print Dinner Set, currently reduced from £25 to£20; Glitter Stag Ornament, £5, George Home at Asda

Gold and animal print make for a funky table setting: Leopard Print Dinner Set, currently reduced from £25 to£20; Glitter Stag Ornament, £5, George Home at Asda

George Home/PA

Gabrielle Fagan reveals how to create a Christmas table that’s a feast for the eyes

Red, white and tartan touches make for a truly traditional table: Pine Cone Candelabra, £45, and Pine Cone Dinner Candle Holder, £17.50; Set of 3 Berry Tree Picks, £5; Set of 4 Tartan Napkins, £15; Bistro Dinner Plate, £6, and Side Plate, £5; 80 Silver LED Wire Lights, £9.50, all Marks and Spencer Red, white and tartan touches make for a truly traditional table: Pine Cone Candelabra, £45, and Pine Cone Dinner Candle Holder, £17.50; Set of 3 Berry Tree Picks, £5; Set of 4 Tartan Napkins, £15; Bistro Dinner Plate, £6, and Side Plate, £5; 80 Silver LED Wire Lights, £9.50, all Marks and Spencer

The festive season is almost upon us, which means it’s time to step up to the table – and transform it into a stunning setting for the most important meal of the day (or of the year, really).

Make a table sparkle with silver and white: Luxury Hotel Collection Harrington 44 Piece Cutlery Set, £130; Linea Set of 10 Copper and Champagne Crackers, £18 for pack of 10; Linea Hotel Collection Pembury glassware, from £22; Linea Paper Stars LED Lights, £14; Silver Effect Mercury Bauble, £6; Star Votive Candleholder, from £8-£20: Prelit Natural Snow Garland, all House of Fraser. Picture: House of Fraser/PA. Make a table sparkle with silver and white: Luxury Hotel Collection Harrington 44 Piece Cutlery Set, £130; Linea Set of 10 Copper and Champagne Crackers, £18 for pack of 10; Linea Hotel Collection Pembury glassware, from £22; Linea Paper Stars LED Lights, £14; Silver Effect Mercury Bauble, £6; Star Votive Candleholder, from £8-£20: Prelit Natural Snow Garland, all House of Fraser. Picture: House of Fraser/PA.

Choose from a colour scheme of silver, gold or classic red and white (maybe with a dash of Highland tartan) for a Christmas table that will attract just as many compliments as the food.

We’ve already scoped out the best buys on the high street; all you need to do is choose your favourites, and then pop on some carols and set the scene...

A glamorous setting featuring top picks from Debenhams, including Jasper Conran Round Decanter, £36; Silver Stag Christmas Candelabra, currently reduced to £24.50 from £35; Gold Metallic Napkins, currently reduced to £9.80 from £14 for set of four; Gold Beaded Napkin Rings, currently reduced to £11.20 from £16 for set of four; Canvas Home White Metallic Glazed Dauville Dinner Plates, £30 each, and matching Bowls £15 each A glamorous setting featuring top picks from Debenhams, including Jasper Conran Round Decanter, £36; Silver Stag Christmas Candelabra, currently reduced to £24.50 from £35; Gold Metallic Napkins, currently reduced to £9.80 from £14 for set of four; Gold Beaded Napkin Rings, currently reduced to £11.20 from £16 for set of four; Canvas Home White Metallic Glazed Dauville Dinner Plates, £30 each, and matching Bowls £15 each

Set a silver shimmer

“Forget any minimalist tendencies and go all out with the glamour and sparkle this Christmas. Gold or silver are festive favourites, but this year, also consider introducing dark, moody tones,” says Clare Harris, managing director at Talking Tables (talkingtables.co.uk). “A grey or even black tablecloth creates a dramatic backdrop, and shows off your table decorations more effectively than white. If you’re going for a single colour, use a mix of textures and finishes.

“A collection of beautiful mercury glass baubles moves a silver scheme from classic to contemporary, especially with the introduction of glittering disco balls.

“Surprise your guests by taking your table scheme in new directions,” she adds. “Clusters of paper honeycomb, and pom-pom decorations hung overhead, are a new approach to table decorating, which saves crucial table space and elevates the setting.”

TIP: Iridescent decorations are particularly effective at picking up the light and work beautifully with silver tones. Choose a variety of shapes and sizes, hang from the ceiling with clear wire and attach with removable sticky hooks. For a super-glamorous party-feel, hang a metallic foil curtain behind your table.

Go for glittering gold

“The Christmas table is an opportunity to go completely OTT and let your creative flair run wild. The whole day is about extravagance, indulgence and glamour, so I love to go a little crazy with the decorating,” says Jenny Hurren, founder of Out There Interiors (outthereinteriors.com). “The food is a beautiful sight in itself, but why not add some glitz and glamour to the proceedings and adorn the table with beautiful place settings, decorative touches and ‘the decent’ china?

“My favourite is gold-painted twigs and foliage,” adds Jenny. “Eucalyptus leaves look stunning with a touch of gold spray paint. Run a few sprigs along the middle of the table, intertwining them through glass stems, around dishes and bowls and dangle them off the end. Use small bunches of them tied with ribbon and a named luggage label as a truly personal place setting.

“If you have the space, add a statement centre piece, such as a quirky gold pineapple, and team the whole look with fresh white linens and elegant glassware.”

TIP: Arrange a procession of candle holders of varying heights down the centre of the table. Clear glass holders, mirrored place mats and metallic table scatter will reflect the light and add glamour.

Stay true to tradition

“Always start with a theme and keep to one or two key colours, and then build up the setting. Have in mind the general look you want to achieve, for example classic red and white, rustic, opulent or minimal,” says Danielle Tolson, co-founder of Tolly McRae (tollymcrae.co.uk), specialists in luxury table linen, among other things.

“This year, I’ll be using gold as the core theme, with dusky pink accents, and I’m going for an overall opulent effect. More is more as far as I’m concerned, and our table will be crammed with flickering candles, sparkling cutlery and glasses.

“For a centrepiece, a glass bowl filled with pine cones, baubles or even a foliage garland is effective. Alternatively, lightly spray fruit - pomegranates, pineapples and other exotic fruit - with gold paint and arrange in a clear glass bowl. Add a string of twinkling fairy lights.”

TIP: Fill miniature bottles with a special tipple and write each guest’s name on it using a metallic Sharpie pen; these will serve as both a place card and a sweet favour.

Property search


e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Other Hampstead and Highgate property news

How to make a bird’s home a happy one

Planning to do your bit for National Nest Box Week? Experts

offer 9 tips to make sure you get the best nest boxes.

Looking for help to get on the ladder? Head to the First Time Buyer Home Show in Stratford for advice on schemes, developments and mortgages

Help is at hand for first-time buyers looking to buy their first home in London

The mortgage time bomb: What interest-only borrowers need to know

Did you know that some home owners could be at risk of losing their property for good - because they’ve ignored correspondence from their lender about how they plan to eventually clear their mortgage debt?

Home of the Week: Apartment in Phillipe Starck designed development

A stunning duplex apartment in The Yoo Building in St. John’s Wood.

How to revamp your bathroom by re-grouting tired tiles

Fancy tackling the job yourself? Follow Chloe Kent’s step-by-step guide.

Gardening: 5 ways to suceed with conifers

Conifers may have a reputation for being boring, but they add valuable colour and structure in winter. An expert offers five growing tips.

Home of the Week: Iconic house in Primrose Hill

This iconic Primrose Hill home, formerly known as The Rocking Horse House, has been beautifully remodelled.

Three great properties to buy in Dartmouth Park

Properties such as semi-detached and terraced Victorian houses with large gardens characterise Dartmouth Park’s streets

Dartmouth Park area guide: pubs, schools and family homes

Your guide to all the things to do in Dartmouth Park, including the best restaurants, pubs, schools and cultural activities in this corner of NW5. PLUS our guide to property in the area

Three great properties to buy in Hornsey

If you’re looking to move into or around the area, here are some ideas

Hornsey area guide: pubs, schools and family homes

Your guide to all the things to do in Hornsey, including the best restaurants, shops, pubs, schools and local history. PLUS our guide to property in the area.

Home of the Week: New build in Hampstead with panoramic views

Newly built property in Hampstead boasts 42ft entertaining room and its own roof terrace

5 issues landlords should consider in 2018

2017 saw a number of changes made to regulations governing the private rented sector and a record number of government consultations held in relation to letting in the UK, meaning there is plenty for landlords to consider and act upon in the new year.

Three great properties for sale in Little Venice

Grand stucco-fronted houses and large Georgian and Victorian brick constructions line the wide streets of Little Venice, whilst charming mews houses can be found on the cobbled street of Bristol Gardens. For the ultimate canalside location nothing can beat a narrow boat.

Little Venice area guide: Canalside lifestyle, cafés and bars, shopping, property and more

Your guide to all the things to do in Little Venice, including the best restaurants, shops, pubs, schools and things to do by the canal. PLUS our guide to property in the area

New two and three-bedroom homes in Hampstead reflect Arts and Craft architecture of area

Thirty nine new two and three-bedroom homes, influenced by the Arts and Crafts architecture of the area, have been launched in Hampstead.

Comment: How to set the asking price for your property

Simon Gerrard, MD of north London estate agents, Martyn Gerrard, offers advice on pricing your house to achieve the best possible result

What you should know about inheriting property

There’s much to consider when inheriting property, writes Fiona Brandhorst

Camden area guide: Market, food & drink, entertainment, property and more

Your guide to all the things to do in Camden Town, including the best restaurants, shops, pubs, live music venues and Camden Lock Market. PLUS our guide to property in the area

Home of the week: Regency villa in picturesque Downshire Hill

Situated on the prized and picturesque Downshire Hill, this early 19th century Grade II-listed Regency villa is on the preferred south side of the road.

Comment: They call me the House Whisperer

Trevor Abrahmsohn, managing director of north London agents, Glentree Estates, writes about his special skills for closing a deal, which, he says, include “psychotherapy, extreme cajoling and applied salesmanship”. We’re intrigued...

How best to clear your unwanted junk

Richard Burr reveals how to clear your clutter.

Do it yourself! Great short and part-time courses in DIY, interior design, carpentry and more

With a whole new year stretching ahead of you, instead of making resolutions and not sticking to them, why not pick a fresh interest which will not only hold your attention, stimulate your creativity and keep your mind active, but improve your home, too.

What’s in store for the housing market in 2018 and how it will affect house prices, mortgages and first-time buyers

If you’re considering whether to move home this year, Ella Walker looks at potentially the main influences on house prices in London and further afield, and how they may affect buying and selling.

10 gardening trends set to blossom in 2018

These are the themes and plants predicted to dominate in the coming 12 months, writes Hannah Stephenson.

How to brick up a window like a pro

Being a brickie isn’t easy. Richard Burr reveals how to master the moves.

It’s time to get your home back in order after the festive season, but where do you dispose of your Christmas tree? We offer 3 recycling tips.

Festive season is in full flow, but soon it will be time to think about ditching the decorations and making more space for your home once again. But how should you dispose of your tree?

Comment: Stamp duty rises may be hitting more than just the property market

Are the stamp duty hikes doing more harm to the UK economy than just strangling the residential property market, asks Glentree Estates director Trevor Abrahmsohn

Landlord offers two-bedroom flat in King’s Cross to homeless for free over Christmas

Laurence Lameche, who now runs a property business but was formerly homeless himself, is looking for a single person, couple or family in need of somewhere to stay during the festive period

For sale: Highgate Mansion formerly home to Nobel Prize winner

An exceptionally restored Victorian mansion that was formerly home to a Nobel Prize winner is now on the market on Bishopswood Road, Highgate.

Most Read

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

2018 © Archant Community Media Ltd

Terms and conditions | Cookie policy | Jobs at Archant