I know the Christmas tree is seen as the focal point of any home at Christmas. But I have to admit, when we’re having a big gathering on Christmas day for lunch it’s the table decorations that I enjoy the most. Christmas is about coming together with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company and sharing a festive feast. So this year why not make the table the focus of the day? It’s all in the planning, so here are some ideas that you can think about now so you can have an amazing table on Christmas day.
How many are coming?
I always think about the size of my table and how many I have coming for lunch. This will dictate the amount of space I have for décor. The worst thing you can do it overwhelm the table with too much décor and then have to remove a lot of if before the platters go down. So if you’re tight on space think about a small cluster of décor in the middle of the table, or just a splattering across the centre line of the table. If you really have no room don’t worry just focus on the place settings (see below).
What is my colour theme?
Are you eating indoors or outdoors? Either way you don’t have to stick to your main colour scheme in terms of the rest of your décor. Usually though I like to really complement the décor inside if we are eating inside. So for me lots of reds, whites and greens are the way. This year I’m hoping in the new place we can eat out on the deck, so I’m going to tie the colours in with my outdoor furniture and the setting, so lots of white and turquoise blue and maybe a hint of green.
Don’t go too tall
Don’t go crazy with the height of anything you bring in for the table. Remember you want to see your guests as you are talking to them! I like to keep pieces lower to the table, much easier to work around.
As I said if you don’t have a lot of space go to town on your place settings, even if you do have the space go to town anyway. It’s always nice to make your guests feel special with a lovely little tag with their name and a little something to decorate. I like to tie up my napkins with ribbon and add a decoration and maybe a sprig of something natural like rosemary. Add in a name card and you’re away. Even pop a little Christmas gift at each place setting to unwrap rather than the crackers (bon bons for you Aussie’s) that are full of plastic rubbish and cause unnecessary waste.
Finally fresh foliage
There’s nothing like fresh foliage for your table. If you stick to green and whites then you can’t go wrong and that will tie in with any décor that you’re planning. For a native Aussie look, gumnuts and eucalyptus are always lovely. For something more traditional sprigs of mistletoe are my go to.
Have fun with it on Christmas day, take pics and add them to your Facebook and Insta accounts, I’m sure your tables will be beautiful.
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