With Christmas Day just around the corner, it's time to switch our focus from decorating the tree, and various other areas of our homes, to the all-important centrepiece of many festive gatherings and celebrations - the Christmas table.

An integral component of Christmas festivities, the Christmas table is where we gather to share a special meal, as well as plenty of laughs and good times too. Enhance the Christmas atmosphere in your home and create an extra special Christmas dining experience for your guests by welcoming them to a festively adorned table.

It's simpler than you think to add instant impact to your Christmas table. With our easy to follow Christmas table styling tips, you'll have your table looking amazing and ready for your guests in no time.

Co-ordinated Christmas Table Style

The first step to creating an impressive Christmas table is to be sure to continue the chosen Christmas decorating theme from the rest of your home into the dining area. Having a continuous and cohesive decorating theme helps to create a completely immersive Christmas experience for your family and friends, and that approach should carry through to your Christmas dining table too.

No matter whether you're Christmas decorating style is rustic and homely, modern and sophisticated or whimsical and fun there are plenty of great ways to bring those themes to your Christmas table styling.

Start with a Solid Foundation

As with every great creative masterpiece (yes, your Christmas table styling is, and can be, very much a work of art!) you have to start with a solid foundation. Choose the right canvas. So once you know which Christmas decorating style you will working in, consider which canvas will form the best base to build your Christmas table on.

Is it a bare wooden table, a brightly coloured or subtly refined table covering or a regal table runner?

Take Centre Stage with a Show-Stopping Christmas Table Centrepiece

Once you've laid down the foundation it's time to get to work on your show-stopping Christmas table centrepiece. When planning your centrepiece, there are a number of things to take into consideration:

  • the length and width of your table
  • how many people will be sitting at the table
  • do you need to have room for platters and serving bowls on the table or will they be positioned somewhere else

These things will all affect the type of Christmas table centrepiece that will work best for your setting. It might be minimal and scattered, refined and confined or stunningly sweeping.

It's important to remember, that whilst you want your centrepiece to be a show-stopper, you want it to be memorable for all the right reasons. Bigger is not always better, particularly when it comes to table centrepieces. At the end of the day, you want your guests to have a beautiful time together around your Christmas table. They need to be comfortable, able to eat their food, as well as chat to, and see, each other. You don't want your guests to remember Christmas lunch at your place for the monstrosity in the middle of your table that blocked their view and cut them off from the festivities. So make sure you consider the practical as well as the visual.

We've gathered some ideas and inspiration to help you create Stunning (and Simple!) Christmas Table Centrepieces.

Everything in It's Place with Christmas Place Settings

Ok, so you've got the middle of the table looking amazing. But, as we've just highlighted, unlike most of your other Christmas decorating, the Christmas table has a practical function to serve too. So you'll need to set some pretty place settings for your guests to enjoy the delicious feast that you have prepared.

In addition to the necessity items, such as cutlery and crockery (which can also play their part in contributing to the overall aesthetics of the table), think about how you can add something extra special to each individual place setting.

Use personalised place cards or personalised baubles to assign spots at the table. This personal touch is sure to make each of your guests feel welcomed and show how much you appreciate their presence at your table.

Add subtle embellishments to each setting with floral picks or tree decorations. And of course, don't forget the bon bons. There's such a wide variety of colours and style available, making it easy to find the perfect match for your decorating theme.

If you're looking for Amazing Christmas Place Setting Inspiration we've gathered our favourite tips and tricks to get you started.

No matter how you choose to decorate or celebrate, the most important ingredient for a perfect Christmas table is always the people gathered around it. We hope you are lucky enough to share a beautiful Christmas meal with your family and loved ones this Christmas.

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