Your dining table is where all the magic of Christmas happens, where family memories are made and the seasonal frivolity continues long after the last morsel has been eaten. And not only on Christmas Day – a dazzling tablescape should be a principle character in your home during the entire Christmas period. Standing by to be a backdrop for many wonderful meals — from breakfast to Christmas dinner, or a casual cold supper for unexpected guests. A place to enjoy all the Christmas feasting and make your dining table a feast for the eyes.
Our Christmas Gift Shop is brimming over with seasonal inspiration, gorgeous tableware, light strings, candles and candle-holders, glassware and table linen. Decide on your Christmas theme and we can provide all the props and effects. Let us help you conjure up an imaginative tablescape this Christmas, to leave you with magical memories and enchanted guests.
COLOUR = STYLEIf you have read our interior designer Annie's top ten tips for Christmas decorating you will know that she rates picking a colour theme very highly. Dark blue and silver work so well together and here reinforce the room's existing scheme. This Christmas table has a garland of fir trailed down the middle, wound with tiny lights. Small Christmas ornaments are nestled amongst it and candles abound. The centrepiece is a stately pair of tall crystal candlesticks with gorgeous dark blue candles. Each place has a table gift of a crystal bauble and a silver napkin holder, laced as a finishing touch, with a sprig of fir. The overall effect is stunning.
TREND = NATURALRight back on trend again is a natural Christmas. This is a great theme if you have young children. Take them to gather berried ivy from the hedgerows, forage for fir cones in the woods, raid your winter garden for ferns and evergreens and get to work. The centrepiece is a rattan basket planted with heathers and ivy. Line your basket with plastic, fill with potting compost, plant and cover the soil with sphagnum moss. Litter with wooden stars and silvered cones, and stud with tall slim candles. This can be watered and kept fresh for much more than the 12 days of Christmas. Children will love to tie cutlery with green velvet ribbon, write place names on gift tags and make garlands of foliage to tie to the back of each chair.
KITCHEN = BANQUETFor many of us our dining table is part of the kitchen and this can be such an inspiration for the cook. We recommend that you prepare your tablescape a few days in advance so that you have plenty of time to concentrate on Christmas dinner. As this stunning Christmas kitchen illustrates, Christmas would not be complete without sparkle. Polish the best glasses, add glinting glass lanterns and twinkling tea-lights, hide glittering light strings everywhere! Warm white fairy lights trailing along a runner, tea-lights in decorative holders by each place setting, a candelabra or two and pairs of tall glass candlesticks dripping with wax. Beaded table linen and napkins with metallic thread will maximise the glamour and shine.
WHITE = LIGHTWe love a contemporary, country Christmas table. Use a little sleight of hand and an abundance of found foliage to make a stunning festive tablescape. Dress tableware with tendrils of ivy and scatter pine cones on the table. Place a sprig of berries from the hedgerow on each place setting and use every candlestick and holder you possess to create an enchanted Christmas ambience. Use hidden light strings and highlights of white wherever you can - your table will sparkle!
CONTEMPORARY = COPPERA glamorous festive table is very up to the minute. Gold and silver are always popular at Christmas, but a firm favourite this year is metallic copper with a rich jewel palette. This sophisticated and romantic look is now shining brightly over festive homes. Warm in colour and lustrous in shine, copper decorations and baubles beautifully catch the light. Copper tones are making a statement that shows no sign of dimming.
DETAIL = SUCCESSAfter the plates and cutlery are laid, napkins folded and glasses polished, add personalised baubles as place names, little boxes of table games and surprise gifts for each guest. After the Christmas feast is over you can linger at the festive table, with cheese and biscuits, nuts and truffles, port and liqueurs, and sparkling conversation long into the night.
Come to our Christmas Gift Shop for inspiration and, no matter which style you decide to choose this season, your Christmas tablescape will be a miniature wonderland to lift the spirits and spread some festive cheer. Magical memories will be made!