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How to create a Christmas table setting

Emma Baker
Saturday, December 15, 2012
How to create a Christmas table setting
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It's the biggest, most highly anticipated meal of the year so make it one to remember and go all out with your Christmas dinner table decorations. From the classic to the contemporary, there's a theme to suit all tastes and budgets.

First, decide on your centrepiece. There are so many options to choose from, so you're only limited by your imagination. Here are some ideas you might like to consider:

  • Fresh flowers in vibrant Christmas colours
  • Vases filled with Christmas ornaments
  • Candles — in jars, on trays, dressed with festive foliage
  • Christmas lanterns
  • A combination of all of the above!
Now you have a focal point for your table, build upon it to create a fabulously festive spread:

  • For a striking look, traditional Christmas colours, red, gold, green and white, can be used very effectively. You could also try white and gold or gold and green.
  • For a more understated effect, choose a natural theme that incorporates earthy colours such as burgundy or deep green. Add a festive touch with a hint of metallic colour, such as copper or bronze.
  • If you want to create an air of extravagance, team bright costume jewels — emeralds, rubies and sapphires — with gold and rich, heavy fabrics such as velvet.
  • For a more Australian Christmas feel, opt for a beach theme. Try arranging shells you've found at the beach and sand sprinkles over a light or dark blue table cloth.
  • Ooze sophistication with a contemporary black and gold or silver table.

Top tips for a terrific Christmas table:

Keep it simple. Don't let the sparkle overpower the food or the conversation. Aim for elegance, not Santa's grotto.

Keep it low. The last thing people want is a glittery Christmas tree in their eye-line as they try to talk to friends and family across the table.

Keep it minimal. Don't get carried away with the decorations and forget to leave space for the food!