Whether you’re planning on serving a huge feast to your three-family bubble, or your festivities are pointing to a much more intimate affair, your dining table will always be the focal point of the Christmas celebrations.

From flickering candles to the scent of pine branches, twinkling fairy lights to glittering baubles, add a touch of ceremony to your table this year with Holloways Interior Designer Annie Blackledge.

First impressions

Bringing the outside in

Olive, the new-season Neptune shade, is the perfect focus for your Christmas table. Timeless and elegant, it’s as verdant as the landscape outside and brings the natural world into your dining room.

Gather greenery from the garden - holly, ivy, fir branches, along with woody herbs like rosemary are perfect - and bunch little sprigs together. String together with garden twine and place along a natural linen runner, wound around tiny fairy lights, tall candles, tea lights and pine cones. Add tiny pot plants and top every napkin with a thoughtfully-placed sprig of greenery, for colour and scent. Brown paper luggage labels, tied with garden twine, make delightfully rustic name places.

Olive Christmas tablescape

Rich and inviting

Draw guests to your table with rich shades of mulberry, gold and spice. Dress the table with sprigs of evergreens, place gold and bronze votives with tea lights and pretty bronze Almeyer Pine Cones amongst the foliage, then add height with Neptune’s brass Heddon candlesticks - available in-store in both tall and short versions. They look stunning with Coleridge dinner candles in Cranberry. Neptune’s Elden Snowflake napkins are understated and elegant, with an embroidered rich ruby snowflake for colour and form. Richly-coloured bowls of pomegranates and figs will add to to the seasonal drama.

Metro Christmas table

Icy and elegant

Cool Scandinavian shades never get old when it comes to dressing a Christmas table. White china, starched linen napkins, gleaming silver cutlery and sparkling glassware are offset beautifully by hand-turned wooden bowls and vintage cut glass dishes filled with bleached pine cones.

Woodland finds tied to sprigs of mistletoe atop taupe napkins, and a sprinkling of bleached wooden stars, complete the natural, pared-back look. Tiny, thoughtfully-chosen presents, wrapped in white paper with velvet ribbon adds a luxurious touch and hurricane lamps, filled with tall church candles, are stunning in a fireplace with piled-up firewood.

Nordic Christmas

All that glisters

Sometimes, less isn’t more when it comes to dressing a table for Christmas, and a riot of colour will bring a sense of fun to your feast. Bowls of jewel-like baubles, coloured glasses at different heights, votives in shades of fuchsia, teal and glistening copper, along with feathered decorations in bold colours, will kick-start the celebrations in style. A beautiful bauble at every place setting, with a name label attached, is a lovely personal touch. Holloways gift shop is full of quirky decorations to inspire your tablescape.

Metro tablescape Christmas

Jewel-like Christmas baubles

Blue is the colour

Deep blues and silvers are the happiest bedfellows. Create a garland for the centre of the table using faux eucalyptus, dark berries, frosted pine cones and sprigs of silvery spruce. Just as stunning as fresh foliage, Holloways range of faux flowers allow you to be more creative and enjoy your decorations for longer. Add strings of fairy lights to create sparkle and the light will bounce off crystal glassware, polished silver and elegant white crockery with a metallic rim. Finish with dark blue napkins and antique silver napkin rings.

Blue Sheldrake Christmas table

Create a still life

A console table - usually standing quietly in a hallway - can become the star of your Christmas show. A generous cheeseboard with frosted grapes, bowls of nuts and dried fruits and vintage decanters filled with port and homemade sloe gin will create an edible focal point in your dining room. Add candles at different heights for a festive showstopper where food is the focus. A beautifully-written blackboard explaining your Christmas menu is a quirky and hospitable touch.

Festive florals garland