When it comes to laying the perfect Christmas table be it for four guests or fourteen, it is always good to begin with your table centre piece. Be it a festive wreath with berries, poinsettia in a basket or an array of candles, start with this and then work the rest of the table around it.
However, be prepared that space is at a premium on most Christmas dinner tables so when the main course arrives make sure it’s easy enough to move if you need to fit the turkey on!
A traditional Christmas table setting is one of my favourites and it all begins with a charger plate, after placing these where I want my guests to sit I lay the cutlery and glassware around them, traditionally starter and main cutlery are to the sides of your plate and dessert cutlery at the top, but all cutlery at the side of the plates works really well if your table is quite thin.
My top tip for cutlery is always work your way from the outside in with your cutlery so your dessert spoon and fork will be closest to your plate.
Special Poinsettia Cocktail Recipe
When it comes to Christmas glassware it all depends on what your favourite Christmas tipple might be, I usually greet guests with a champagne cocktail called Poinsettia which is champagne, mixed with cranberry juice and a touch of orange liqueur.
The cocktail is a festive red colour and starts the celebrations off perfectly. For the dinner I would suggest a water, white wine and red wine glass on the table, however, again, if the space is tight then one wine glass will suffice.
How to add a stylish personal touch
I love to make my festive table a little more personal so often create name places for my guests either to sit in front of their plate or on a card that lays on their napkin. Another lovely option is to place a small sprig of holly with a couple of berries on a linen napkin to give the place setting an extra touch.
With Christmas colour schemes I tend to start with a metallic either gold or silver, then add touches of colour around them. You could go with a Skandi theme of bare wood, with silver, ice white and blue touches. Or a very decadent scheme with golds, deep purples and aubergines. Sometimes though you just can’t beat the classic green, red and gold!
A Christmas table, no matter how old or sensible you think you are must always be finished with crackers!
There are several ways that you can place the crackers on the table to enhance the setting, whether that is diagonally across the napkin, to the side of the charger plate in line with the cutlery, above the pace setting, or if space allows an arranged pile of crackers can look really fun.
My Christmas table is always reflective of who we are having for dinner, it’s about striking the balance of it looking great, being functional and not so ‘put together’ that you despair when a child’s wondering hands pulls some leaves off of your poinsettia.
Remember, it’s a time to celebrate so enjoy your table setting before everyone sits down, then dig into the best meal of the year!
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