Twinkling lights, colourful decor and a smorgasbord of Christmas delight – the most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us once more! With all our tree decorating and gift shopping and wrapping sorted, it’s time to shift focus to the main event itself. Get ahead of the game with our guide to turning every scrumptious meal into a spectacular experience.
Step 1: Decide On A Theme
Every momentous Christmas feast begins with a stunning tablescape. Whether you’re going for the classic red and green pairing, a colourful family or a contemporary setting, pick a theme that you can go all out with, ensuring you have even the glassware and serving plates that complement and add to the look.
Step 2: Gather Your Supplies
The key to a ravishing setting is to plan ahead and figure out all pieces you need – think prismatic ornaments, celebratory linens, modern vases and other decors. Jot them down on your phone so you won’t forget the next time you head out to do your Christmas shopping.
Step 3: Organise Your Linens
Generally speaking, a crisp white linen table runner will do. But if you’re looking to up the ante this year, go for one with subtle prints on it. Just remember to choose one that complements your entire setting.
Step 4: Choose A Centrepiece
A beautiful Christmas centrepiece is the fastest way to add cheer to your party. It’s also a great excuse to show off your creative flair to your friends and family. Here are two simple steps to create a stunning impact with your centrepiece:
Add A Focal Point
First, decide what you want your guests to fix their eyes on. While a giant floral arrangement can be eye-catching – and quite frankly, Instagrammable – make sure the end result isn’t too tall or it may be hard for your guests to interact with one another. For a more contemporary look, try assembling a group of candles together for an elegant look.
Spruce It Up
Create contrast with a mix of evergreens, picking a maximum of three unique colour and texture variations that add layers to your centrepiece. Pro tip: Using high-quality faux flowers will last you through the entire party season!
Step 5: Set the Table
Your table mats and coasters should add a bit of contrast and bring out the colour of your table runner. If you’ve got lots of guests to fit around the table, choose smaller sized settings to make way for space.
Step 6: Invest in a Good Set of Tableware
When it comes to tableware, most people play it safe with crystal glasses and porcelain plates. Why not take it up a notch by throwing a set of gold cutlery into the mix? It’s an instant pop of luxury that exudes warmth to traditional red and green themes.
Step 7: Make It Personal
All guests want to feel taken care of. When you pay special attention to this, right down to assigning their seats, they won’t need to make any big decisions and can focus entirely on having a good time instead! Sharpen your calligraphy skills and add a personal touch with handwritten place cards. Your guests will definitely appreciate the effort.
Step 8: End with a Bang
What’s a Christmas dinner without some good old fashion crackers? Sure to put a smile on anyone’s faces, they’ll also ensure your party goes out with a bang.