I Love a Christmas Table. I spend all year on the lookout for anything that will add a bit of glamour.
Accessorising is Key
Lanterns, glasswear, napkins, napkin rings and candles get squirrelled away in readiness. Last year I found these fabulous gold plates with arabic writing on plates in Pottery Barn. They were in the sale after Ramadan which was even better. The gold goblets are actually gin glasses from Tavola, but look so nice I put them on anyway. The gold lanterns are Homecenter as nothing looks nicer on a table than candle light. It hides a multitude of sins as long as you don’t set fire to the tinsel like I did one year!
Have a Theme
The theme the year before was silver. We had quite a few for Christmas dinner that year so I had hired in some trestle tables, which from most places can be as little as Aed.50 for the day. I also hired the charger plates in silver which looked great. Some mirrored vases and some green garlands down the table centre set the theme with the silver champagne flutes which also got reused in the gold theme the following year.
Setting a great table is about creating colour, so tablecloths, or placemats are always a good place to start with your theme. Don’t forget you can always mix and match items if you don’t have enough for a big crowd. Sadly that won’t be an issue this year. I used grey napkins and white ones and alternated as long as the colour palette is similar when it’s all done but still looks nice. Then just add christmas crackers, or flowers or even twinkly LED lights.
Finding a Centerpiece
Trying to find the perfect centerpiece can always be tricky. My advice is raid the christmas tree if you are struggling. A bit of greenery from the garden and a few baubles piled in the centre with a candle or two is sometimes all you need. A cake stand or bowl can add some height.
Or even just a little ribbon around your napkins is all you need to spruce things up. Below they have used those little red parcels you can buy for the tree in multi packs.
364 days of eating on our laps in front of the tv, Christmas day is the one day where you can pretend you’re Martha Stewart and get a bit fancy!!
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