You know me, I’m all about making a big splash for Christmas. I was going to say it’s the time for getting out all your best china, but I use all my favourite stuff every day (what’s the point of hiding it away in a drawer?!), so this post is more about setting the table for Christmas, and adding a sense of celebration to the most important meal of the year. So whether you’re cooking for a crowd, or it’s just you and your family for dinner, here are a few ideas for setting the table this Christmas (I’ve even found stylish crackers!).
Change up your table
I know this sounds a bit bonkers, as your dining table isn’t really something you can randomly change, but there are ways to do it. When I’m taking photos, I don’t want to always show the same boring old grey tabletop, so I have loads of ways of disguising my table: I’ve got random flooring samples, picked up really cheaply from B&Q, and we’ve even got old wooden pallets that Mr E painted up for me (you can see the dark grey one here). Get creative and ring the changes – even if it’s just splashing out on a lovely tablecloth (I love this grey linen one), or keep the table bare and add a lovely runner like this festive fir number.
Create a new tradition
Remember the gorgeous Crown Devon Stockholm reindeer crockery that Nigella Lawson featured in one of her Christmas food programmes? I remember her saying that she’s been collecting it for years and years, adding to it whenever she sees a new piece. I love this idea, and even if you don’t go all out with a whole set, I think it would be lovely to invest in a few treasured pieces that you can bring out year after year. It doesn’t even have to be Christmas themed – I love this tropical themed festive table complete with flamingo plates and palm fronds.
This gorgeous fir tree breakfast set is one of my favourite M&S collections at the moment – imagine breakfast every Christmas morning with this!
Or what about these really cute Christmas side plates mixed with plain white tableware (love the cups too!)?
Add drama with abundant foliage
This is another trick that I use a lot when I’m photographing a table. Last year I used offcuts from our Christmas tree in my Scandi shortbread pictures, and I love the look of a Christmas table bursting with greenery. If you don’t want to do it yourself, why not order a Christmas mantlepiece garland, but place it in the centre of your table instead?
Oh, and about those crackers…
I know they’re a festive must-have in loads of households, but sometimes they can entirely ruin all your hard work by looking, well… less than stylish. Step forward, then, the most stylish crackers I’ve ever seen! These M&S diamond shaped beauties are gorgeous and yes, they definitely still snap!