How to: Create the Perfect Christmas Table Setting

Get ready for the festive season with our essential guide to creating the perfect Christmas table setting.

6th November 2020

The Christmas countdown is on! We have said goodbye to Halloween and Bonfire Night, and now it’s time to embrace the festive spirit

The preparations have begun for the most wonderful time of the year, and there is nothing more exciting than an impressive table setting with all the trimmings. From statement festive centrepieces to pared back rustic décor, read our essential guide to creating the perfect Christmas table setting.

When curating your seasonal setting, begin by choosing a colour scheme that you love.

Deep blues are a popular choice for 2020 after Pantone announced Classic Blue as their Colour of the Year. The shade offers the opulence of Christmas, whilst still pairing perfectly with rustic accents. Different shades of green are also on-trend this winter, ranging from dark forest fern to softer sage hues.

Once you’ve decided on your colour scheme, you can start to build your tablescape.

The first step is choosing whether you’d like a tablecloth or table runner as your base. Runners offer a rustic feel when placed on a wooden table and give a hint of festivity.This table runner in our Pine Forest fabric offers the perfect amount of seasonal spirit with its festive fur trees.

If you’re looking to create an all-over festive look, tablecloths make a seasonal statement in joyful, patterned fabrics. Our Alpine design features a snowy chalet scene and looks at home as a Christmas tablecloth.

As all fabrics from our Christmas collection are available with a practical, wipe-clean finish, opting for a PVC or PVM tablecloth would be the perfect way to avoid any cranberry sauce or mulled wine stains.

Napkins are a must-have for Christmas dinner.

Our Little Star fabric is the perfect choice for coordinating napkins. The design is available in four festive colourways, so there is sure to be one that complements your chosen seasonal scheme.

Napkins look best when displayed simply on tableware in a coordinating colour palette.

You don’t have to perfect the art of napkin folding to make an impression with your table setting. Present them neatly in metallic napkin rings to add an extra sparkle to your table or tie them with twine for a more rustic look.

Now it’s time to have fun! Create a centrepiece as bold or as minimal as you’d like.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and fill your table full of familiar festive accents, such as garlands, pinecones and baubles.

Illuminate your dining room with candles for an added touch of Christmas magic.

Pillar candles, tea lights and candlesticks are all perfect additions to any statement centrepiece, giving a warm welcome to your dinner guests.

Finally, complete your scheme with a few festive finishing touches.

Add other seasonal soft furnishings to dress up your dining room this Christmas. Accent cushions, seasonal stockings and other festive accessories complete the look perfectly.

And that’s it, your perfect festive table setting is complete. We recommend laying the table on Christmas Eve before sitting down with a mince pie ahead of the excitement of the big day.

Discover our Nordic Noel Pinterest board for more inspiration.