While the silly season is primarily a time to get the family together, celebrate, and unwind, there’s no denying that there’s also a lot of showing-off going on.
Many of us will also be playing host to our in-laws, friends and colleagues – in other words, the types of people you’ll want to blow away with your hospitality. Presentation is key to achieving this!
That encompasses everything in your home – including your Christmas table settings.
Of course, you and your guests will be taking part in countless festivities over the coming weeks. It’s easy for them to blur together – especially with so many in quick succession.
So, how can you do make your Christmas setting stand out?
1) Make yours a modern Christmas
Let’s face it, the traditional Christmas colours aren’t for everyone.
Looking to break away from the traditional Christmas colour scheme? Got something more contemporary in mind? If so, a modern Christmas theme might be for you.
Currently trending are cleaner, more subdued colours – pastels are particularly popular.
If you’d like to keep the traditional idea behind Christmas colours but want a more modern twist, consider avocado green or sage on your table for a more muted appearance.
It’s all black-and-white…
Another idea is to use black and white as the primary colours for your Christmas table setting, using other colours as highlights.
The contrast between these colours creates a sharp, clean image that’s perfect for more modern setups.
Black-and-white too strong for your liking? You can sub out white for cream or silver, and black for charcoal or gunmetal – the choice is yours!
2) Enjoy a magical winter wonderland (in summer!)
The White Christmas theme is extremely popular – and it’s not hard to see why.
Featuring linens, colours and decorations that invoke the feeling of a snowy winter Christmas, this theme goes perfectly with a traditional turkey, roast ham and pudding.
White table linens and napkins
The purpose of this table setting is to invoke the feeling of a snowy Christmas, so white, cream, and silver should be the dominant shades.
Use gold accents
In addition to bringing sophistication, gold adds a bit of sparkle, just like fresh snowfall!
Use glasses and plates with gold trim – you can even think about leaving a couple of gold baubles or placards to put in the middle of the table.
Use crystal candle holders and decorations
Another thing that comes with winter is ice.
As such, crystal and glass table decorations are the perfect centrepiece for a winter-themed Christmas feast. Consider using glass candle holders or bringing out that prized crystal water pitcher to add a bit of sparkle to your table setting.
3) A uniquely Aussie Christmas
Alternatively, instead of trying to replicate a traditional white Christmas, you could go the opposite way and embrace our uniquely Australian climate.
And if your menu is something a bit more summer-themed, embracing what makes the silly season different down under might be just the ticket!
Go native – literally!
What better way to host a uniquely Aussie even than to replace the usual suspects with native plants? Instead of the traditional red-and-white roses and poinsettias, consider banksias or native Christmas Orchids.
This is such a popular option, that the Australian National Botanical Gardens even has a whole page dedicated to selecting Christmas-themed native plants!
Use warm, rustic colours
Australia has a reputation for rugged beauty and untapped wilderness – so why not reflect that in your table settings?
If you have a wooden dining table, consider replacing your tablecloth with a table runner that exposes more of the timber underneath.
This even extends to table settings – consider using natural napkins or rattan placemats for your Christmas table setting.
Stick to traditional red and green
Sometimes, nothing quite beats traditional red and green for your Christmas decor.
In fact, going all-out can make your event stand out even more – there’s a reason they call it the silly season, after all!
Don’t be afraid to embrace the dagginess!
Candy canes, reindeer, green-and-red table linens, snowmen… some people think it might be a bit much. But us? We say, embrace it!
Christmas is one of the best times of the year, and above all, it’s about having a good time with loved ones.
If you feel most at home surrounded by the traditional decorations and Christmas table settings, then by all means include reindeer and candy cane decorations, and go right ahead and hang that piece of mistletoe!
Need inspiration for your Christmas table settings?
You can find us at Camberwell Market on the 6th and 8th of December!
Can you believe it’s November already? Feels like just yesterday we were clinking champagne glasses together and toasting to 2018!
Soon, it’ll be Christmas, and all the intense pressure that comes with that.
Struggling to find a suitable setting for your Christmas table setting? Luckily, we’re here to help!
You can find us at Camberwell Market on Thursday 6th and Saturday 8th December.
We’ll be running workshops on how to turn your Christmas table setting into a work of art:
- Thursday 6th December at 11.30am: Modern Christmas
- Thursday 6th December 1.30pm: Australian Christmas Feast
- Saturday 8th December 11.30am: White Christmas
- Saturday 8th December 1.30pm: Traditional Red & Green Christmas
Give us a visit – we look forward to seeing you!