5 tips for styling your Christmas table +  festive recipes

December 11, 2020

5 tips for styling your Christmas table +  festive recipes

A festive Christmas table creates a warm and inviting space to bring together family and friends for all those special festive moments. Plus a fun place for your Christmas snaps!


In this blog post, we have our top 5 tips for styling your Christmas table this year plus some delicious festive recipes to enjoy at home!

 

 

1. Pick a theme and stick to it



First things first, you need to pick a theme - traditional, rustic, white Christmas or even Scandinavian. Once you have chosen a theme, everything else is easier to bring together.


Once you’ve picked a theme, choose your colour palette - are you going with red and gold this year? Green and silver? Blue? Sticking with colours you already have, means your setting will be low-budget, yet look well put together and elegant.


Ask yourself:

  • What is my budget? 
  • How many guests are we expecting?
  • What decorations can I recycle from last year?
  • What do I want to focus on?

Understanding what you want to focus on (ie name cards, the centrepiece) means you can allocate your budget accordingly; if you have more guests than last year do you need to invest in new cutlery and crockery? 


If you’re still undecided on your theme, take it to a family vote, look for inspiration on Pinterest or simply do something you’ve never done before!




2. Prioritise the necessities 




While all Christmas tables vary, each one should have the necessities:

  • Crockery + Cutlery
  • Glassware
  • Serving utensils
  • Table cloth

Before blowing your budget on things that you can do without (i.e Christmas crackers + candles) make sure you create a shopping list of the things you need to buy (or source elsewhere) and list them in order of priority - remember, necessities come first.


If you’re reluctant to buy brand new homewares this year, you can always ask your friends and family for items they might have, or look at budget-friendly options like Target and Kmart instead.




3. Complement your crockery with your cutlery



You don’t have to match your crockery and cutlery - you can get creative and complement one with the other instead.


It’s an easy and effective way to make your Christmas table pop! Complement blue with gold, and red with green - setting the table with uniform crockery and cutlery can make your table look lifeless and bland.


You can take it a step further too - If you’re not looking to spend money on new cutlery, why not try layering multicolour plates or mix & match your glassware.


Half the fun of decorating your Christmas table is, well, having fun with it!


 

4. Get creative with your decorations



Having simple decorations doesn’t mean you have a plain table, there are so many cheap DIY projects that breathe life into your Christmas setup:


  • Turn old baubles into place cards 
  • Spray paint some pine cones to suit your theme
  • Turn an old wreath into a beautiful centrepiece 

Pinterest has thousands of DIY’s that could keep you and the family entertained for hours.


Make it a table to remember!



5. Keep it fun for the kids


While Christmas for the little ones may focus more around the presents or playing with cousins they haven’t seen all year, Christmas lunch is the perfect time between busy moments where you can bond with your children or nieces & nephews.


Kids love to be kept busy, so consider leaving a supply of Christmas crackers at their end of the table and give them activities like colouring in or origami to-do after they have finished eating.



Christmas recipes to try


Christmas lunch is fun, but sometimes all we look forward to is dessert! 


Try out these fun Christmas recipes and spread joy with your loved ones!


Cinnamon Shortbread Stars


Gingerbread Triffle


Classic Pavlova



To get you started, here are a few of our favourite themed settings:

 

Australian


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Scandinavian


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Traditional 


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Rustic


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