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How to lay the perfect festive table

December 6, 2018, Author: Danita Pilley

Whether you’re new to hosting or are a festive connoisseur looking for some new inspiration and ideas to jazz up this year’s celebration, you’ll love our guide to setting up the perfect table.

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Your house is prepped and ready, your Christmas tree is dressed and twinkling and all your favourite candles are lit filling your space with welcoming scents. All that’s left is getting your table ready for the biggest meal of the year! We hate to be the bearer of bad news but, leftover confetti and paper Christmas crowns just won’t cut it anymore. But, fear not! We’ve rounded up some of our top tips for making this years’ feast a memorable one!

GET INSPIRED

Putting thought and effort into your table will definitely let your guests know that they are appreciated and will set the tone for the entire day of festivities. Creating a truly magical feel isn’t a far stretch but, it does take some planning. It helps to find some inspiration and look for creative and unique ideas. Pinterest is a great place to start. Create a festive board and pin anything and everything that gets your creative juices flowing.

DECIDE ON A THEME

Incorporate a specific colour scheme, pattern or texture. Deciding on a common element to carry throughout your décor will make the table look more refined and extra special. Start with a neutral base like a crisp white tablecloth and then add pops of your chosen colours. If you’ve chosen something like stars as a theme you could then bring in this element with your napkins, confetti and placeholders. You could also opt for organic décor which has been a huge trend this year. Pine cones, green foliage and mistletoe would all work well for this. Keep your theme simple and work with only a handful of elements to avoid a cluttered look.

CREATE A UNIQUE CENTREPIECE

Now that you’ve got your theme down its time to get creative. Your centrepiece should be eye-catching and should incorporate your own unique flair. When creating your centrepiece take into consideration the size of your table, you don’t want it to be too big and have to squash it in but, you don’t want it to be too small and disappear amongst your place settings either. Wreaths, flowers and candles all work great here.

ADD A PERSONAL TOUCH

Handwritten menus or personalized place settings will definitely make your guests feel welcomed and special. You could simply just include a card for each guest letting them know why you appreciate them or opt for personalised crackers which are also a great idea and can be so much fun! Whatever you decide to do just remember small gestures go a long way in making your celebration a memorable one.

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INVOLVE THE FAMILY AND HAVE FUN

Setting up the table can be a fun activity for the whole family. Get the kids to help out with small crafts and decorations, after all, the festive season is about spending time with your loved ones so be sure to make every task as fun and inclusive as possible. Put some carols on in the background and get cracking, who says the festivities can’t start before your guests even arrive.

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