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Christmas Table Inspiration

There are not many things that we love more than a beautiful and well thought out table setting. To help you create your own instagramable table this Christmas we’ve created and unpicked three completely different looks.

The images in this post were very kindly taken by the amazing Rebecca Fennell back on a very hot day in July. Rebecca specialises in event and food photography for companies like ourselves and Champneys.

Before you get started consider three things:

  1. The look and feel of your space as it is - what ever scheme you decide on it needs to work with the rest of the surrounding room.
  2. What you already have - it starts getting very expensive if you buy new table settings accessories every year. Instead work with what you have and try to only purchase a few key pieces.
  3. How much space you have - if you are a bit tight on space a simpler more stripped back scheme may work better. Consider how many people you need to seat and then work out how much space you have for accessories.

Nordic Christmas Table

This look is all about natural materials, rustic charm and accents of red. To create it for yourself first have a rummage at home to see what suitable materials you have. You’ll be surprised, most people have more than they realise.

For name settings you can keep it simple with the use of a kraft gift tags. Or to make them a little more special, consider including a sprig of Rosemary tied with natural twine or Christmas ribbon.

Candles help create a really warm feeling to this scheme. We’ve used an antler candle holder centrepiece for our photo, but in reality this would probably take up too much precious table space on the day. Instead you can try tea lights in simple holders or church candles with twine and foliage wrapped around them.

You can include red accents with your crackers, use of ribbon, or napkins. We prefer natural linen napkins for this look, but red cotton could also work. Don’t go too crazy with red though, as it can take over and spoil the feel of your table.

We didn’t use a table runner as this table works well as it is, but a simple understated linen table runner would look nice particularly if your table is more modern looking.

See our pinterest board Nordic Christmas for more inspiration

Luxe Christmas Table

This is one of our favorite schemes as it is right on trend and our peacock baubles work beautifully as unique name settings. There are also loads of gorgeous accessories on the market to create this look for yourself. Retailers like Rockett St George have lots eclectic pieces to choose from to add some personality, such as little brass monkeys, which are on my Christmas list.

Featured in this picture is a lovely table runner, from Homesense, and a succulent table centerpiece, bought from Tesco's proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune to achieve a glamorous table setting.

With this scheme be brave and bold and don’t hold back. Rich jewel colour accents such as teal, ruby and Navy are key.

Gold coloured cutlery looks fantastic here, but be cautious when purchasing as this is very much a look for here and now and they are likely to date quite quickly. I managed to find some quite affordable ones again from Home Scense for my Christmas table. 

Our brass nutcracker decoration/bookmarks would have looked amazing here on top of dark napkins to contrast the brass. They could also be personalised with names or with a name tag attached.

See our pinterest board Luxe Christmas for more inspiration

White Christmas Table

This is a truly beautiful calm table setting, ideal for modern and more traditional spaces. It would also look stunning as a wedding table setting. To create this look its key to stick to limited colours and to keep it simple. We kept our greenery to eucalyptus as it has a softer appearance than darker greens, we also just love it, so any excuse to use it really!

We had bespoke porcelain roses made into name card holders, which are simply divine. These were sourced from one of our suppliers who made hundreds of gorgeous oversized roses for an iconic London shop window for us earlier in the year. If holding an event you could also let the attendees keep them as small token gift.

Bone china baubles personalised with each guests name would make a lovely alternative to the porcelain roses. And if either of these options aren’t possible a simple white gift tag wrapped around a few sprigs of Eucalyptus would look very pretty.

Pine cones dusted with silver and white glitter scattered across the table would look lovely too, and could also be placed on a napkin with a name tag for a name place setting.

See our Pinterest board White Christmas for more inspiration


Hopefully these different table setting schemes have got you thinking. Also have a look at our Pinterest boards for more ideas.

If planning a luxurious event or wedding we’d love to work with you to design and source gifts and bespoke decorations utilising our network of incredible UK designer makers. Please get in touch to learn more.

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