Frame It (Image 1 of 12)
So you’ve gone to all the effort to create a fabulous Christmas dinner table – but where’s the drama? You can create it with a huge picture or mirror frame at one end, itself decorated with lights, garlands or baubles. Go on, go over the top. All buys, The White Company.
Place Setting Present (Image 2 of 12)
Continuing with the white and silver theme, these little boxes, containing a token gift (or ‘party favour’) for each guest, have been wrapped in silver paper and popped into a bowl at each place setting. A little sprig of holly gives it an unmistakeable Christmas touch.
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These Christmas-themed biscuits make great tree decorations, but if you’d rather eat your handiwork, why not make them the centrepiece of your table decoration? Scatter them onto a cakestand and let everyone enjoy!
Hang A Wreath (Image 4 of 12)
Don’t put it on a door – hang it above the table to draw attention to it. Just ensure that you don’t light tall candles beneath it… All buys from The White Company.
Dot The Table With Goodies (Image 5 of 12)
These small Christmassy treats have white icing and silver baubles to match the table’s colour scheme, and can be placed along its length for a colourful display. Don’t forget to sprinkle icing sugar to give them a snowy feel.
30 Second Table Centrepiece (Image 6 of 12)
If you love colour at Christmas, you can make a really simple but effective decoration by filling a glass tumbler or vase with beads or baubles – takes minutes and costs you nothing.
Bauble Place Settings (Image 7 of 12)
These coloured cocktail glasses are overflowing with Christmas baubles. Another really easy table decoration – and a lot quicker than hanging them all on the tree! Put one at each place setting for a splash of Christmas colour.
Light Your Table (Image 8 of 12)
You can give any table a Christmas feel, as long as you get the colours right. This red, gold and green table may not hold a traditional Christmas turkey, but the look is unmistakeably festive. A red tablecloth, with oranges and fairy lights to decorate, really gives it some Christmas cheer. Just turn off the lights when the drinks are poured.
Raid The Tree (Image 9 of 12)
Use strings of beads, particularly in festive gold and other metallic colours, to decorate tableware.
Yes, the homeware stores will have these, but if – like the rest of us – you’re having a credit crunch Christmas, check the charity shops first. Most will have strings of pearlised and metallic beads that you can snap up for just a few pence.
Personalise A Place Setting (Image 10 of 12)
Little touches, like personalising each place setting, go a long way. Here the cutlery is tied up with a silver ribbon and each guest has a Christmas card on their plate. The theme is simple snowy white.
Write On A Charger (Image 11 of 12)
If you’re setting the table with charger (in other words, ‘big’) plates that your dinner plates will sit on, why not write a festive message on each – or even the guests’ names, so they know where to sit?
Hang A Banner (Image 12 of 12)
If there’s not room on the table for too much decoration, why not hang a banner over yours? You needn’t even make one – there are lots of pretty ones to be found everywhere on the high street.
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