Festive tablescapes – How to dress your dining table for Christmas

How are you decorating your dining table this Christmas? Will you be adding crackers? Have you got a beautiful floral display planned? Are you decorating the entire dining room with a theme? I’ve been thinking about my festive table and have been doing some much-needed research (good ol’ Pinterest!) into festive tablescapes. Here’s just a few of the photos that have inspired me:

Actually, these photos above are from our pre-Christmas party a couple of years ago. I decorated the table with red felt placemats, made my own DIY personalised Christmas crackers and created a low-level floral display with rich red roses. I loved how the dining table looked that year, and would love to recreate something similar. However, it’s a rather traditional festive look, and I think my new home has more of a Scandi vibe, so I’ve been searching for a different style this year.

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I’ve become rather drawn to a more minimalist style since moving house, so I’m thinking that keeping my festive tablescape really simple would be the best idea. This looks especially good when you have a natural wood tables – such as the ones I found at Furnish Your Home – as you don’t need to cover the table with a cloth. Choosing a Scandinavian style for my festive table means that I can use my existing crockery and glassware, and just dress it up for Christmas with the addition of some subtle foliage or a couple of decorations. I like the idea of adding textures, so a glazed pottery design, some cut-glass tealight holders and proper table linens would get the look without going OTT with tinsel and fairy lights. I actually love the idea of eating our meals by candlelight during the winter, so adding a few pillar candles amongst the tea-lights means that the flickering flames will be at different heights to subtly illuminate the table.On the other hand, I really enjoy dressing a table for a party, especially if I’m sticking to a theme. I begin the process by collecting together items that I already have that might work within the scheme, and then add balloons, lights, streamers and candles. Again, if you use what you already have at home, it needn’t cost much to create a themed Christmas table.

image by Sainsburys Home

What about going for a rather opulent style with gold touches? While I’m all about using what you’ve already got, I do like the idea of treating myself to a couple of new pieces for my festive dining table. Perhaps a metallic side plate would dress up my simple white crockery just enough to make it feel Christmassy? At the very least, some sparkling Crackers would keep the tablescape looking fun and festive.You might have spotted my DIY kitchen chair makeover last month and, although I’ve got 3 lovely chairs that I’ve refurbished, I still need another 3 to complete my dining set. It’s okay when it’s just my husband and I eating at the dining table, but we’re hoping to have visitors over Christmas, so those extra chairs are a must!Over the weekend I dug out my DIY candy cane chair that I spray painted last year. Considering just how very festive the design is, I think it’ll work as the ‘head of the table’ chair this Christmas. But that still leaves me a couple of chairs short (and I’d quite like to get some that’ll work all year round too!) so I’ve been browsing online for dining chairs. I think that upholstered dining chairs would work well with my wooden ones to create a mix-and-match effect around my table.At the very least, I’ll be treating myself to a tablecloth this year. I’ve been using disposable paper table covers for special occasions up til now and, although they can be recycled, it’s surely much better to have a fabric cloth that can be washed and reused. I’ve had trouble finding a suitable one so far, so I’m going to look into making my own tablecloth. That way at least I can make it to custom-fit our table!

Let me know how you plan to decorate your dining room or what you’re hoping to use to dress your table this Christmas by leaving me a comment below, or tag me in your tablescape photos on instagram @Cassiefairy – I’d love to see more styles before I decide on my own festive table theme.

This blog post was created in collaboration with Furnish Your Home.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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