The Christmas Table

Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year and amidst the bustle of preparations, it’s easy to forget about dressing the Christmas table. With the emphasis on the food, often a well-dressed table will make the simplest of fare look appealing. Here are some tips to help you get started with the festive preparations.

Choose a theme

Organising the perfect Christmas day often begins with the table and you need to focus on your vision for the event. Having a theme in mind, gives you the opportunity to be creative and unify the table setting.

Pinterest is a great source for theme ideas and inspiration.  You may also like to select your menu for the day first and whether you’re eating indoors or outdoors as this can often set the tone of the table.


Once you have chosen a theme or colour palette, you can gather your linen or purchase linen napkins in an accent colour.  Real linen napkins & tablecloths add texture and a sense of occasion, while at the same time giving it a laid-back feel. If you’d prefer not to have a theme, beautiful table linen allows you to do away with all the ornamentation in favour of a simple, stylish table setting.


Mixing and matching glassware and crockery can create a distinct look.  Layering the table with glasses, stacked plates and lots of linen generates interest and makes a unique setting. Don’t be afraid to play with colour, patterns and texture – these details will bring the table together and create an amazing table for your guests.

Classic, white china is a good base and can be mixed with vintage plates or glasses for an eclectic feel while dinnerware with an earthier palette can be worked for a softer festive table.

Flowers & other adornments

Fresh flowers make a beautiful centrepiece and grouped with candles, create a soft and elegant feel.

If you wish to create a more dramatic effect, you can place fresh blooms or an evergreen runner down the centre of the table or using a smaller sprig at each place setting.  An abundance of evergreen will ensure a fresh and festive feel for the table.

Candles add instant atmosphere and a luxury feel to the table and using candlesticks of varying heights can add interest.  If space is at a premium, smaller glass votives with tealights are a simple but beautiful addition.

A good tip is to set the table Christmas eve so you don’t need to think about it on the day.

To shop the table linen featured in our images, please click the links below:

Basix Linen Napkin Brun

Basix Linen Runner Brun

Flocca Linen Tablecloth Ayrton

2 thoughts on “The Christmas Table

  1. Sarah James-Wallace

    I love my new Hale Mercantile Co. tablecloth which I recently used for a Christmas table setting. You can see the pictures and read about it on my new blog

    1. Hale Mercantile Co

      Thank you Sarah. Your images are beautiful & the table looks amazing! The Rosa tablecloth is one of our favourites.


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