Make the Christmas dinner table look even more special with our tips and ideas
The holiday season is all about spending quality time with your loved ones, and the Christmas table is the place where you all come together. Make your memorable moments even more special by taking the time to create the perfect setting for your festive feasts. Here are our top Christmas table decoration ideas to help you create the right look for you.
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Get the basics right
Before you get started on finding the perfect Christmas table decorations, check that your table and crockery are looking their best. Having guests over for a meal during the festive period is a great excuse to refresh all the basics.
If your wooden table needs a bit of TLC, we have a range of products that will help you give it a new lease of life. Whether it needs a bit of a clean, or to be sanded down and repainted, stained or oiled, we have something for you.
Don’t have that much time to give to your table? Disguise any marks with our self-adhesive worktop coverings. With several wood effect options, you can find one that matches your table for a quick and easy way to spruce up your surface. Simply peel off the backing and stick it down.
Glassware & dinnerware
Once your table is looking good, it’s time to think about the glassware or crockery. Are your plates and dishes looking their best? If you’re trying to create the ideal table for your Christmas dinner, having matching crockery and sparkling glasses will do a lot of the hard work for you.
Decide whether you want to use festive designs or colours, or whether you want to stick to plain crockery to work alongside your Christmas table decorations.
For serving up the Christmas Day feast, or any other meal for that matter, we love the traditional design of these Mason Cash dishes (pictured).
If you and your family are sitting, talking or playing games after the meal is finished, try placing glass Kilner jars filled with chestnuts, sweets or chocolates on the table. It's a great way to make after-dinner sweets a bit more special and you can pop the lid back on afterwards and put them back in the cupboard.
Let there be light
Getting the lighting right at your dining table is a great way to create ambience. It can help to set the tone of a meal and is really simple to do.
If you fancy having a scented candle, go for something that is quite delicate so that it doesn’t overpower the smell of the delicious food. This cassis and plum blossom candle would be perfect.
Tealights in holders look really effective dotted around a dining table and they won’t drip. Hurricane lanterns are classically stylish and will make a striking addition to your table. Remember to be extra careful if you are using real candles to avoid burning yourself or anything else.
LED flameless candles
For a completely safe alternative that will still give you the effect of candles, try our flameless LED candles. Our LED candle arch (pictured) is battery-operated, making it an elegant addition to your Christmas table.
We also think that our LED holographic lanterns are a great choice – they offer a twinkling starlight effect that your guests will love.
Create a stunning centrepiece
Creating a beautiful centrepiece is the key to a stunning Christmas table. It can be as simple or intricate as you like, from large festive arrangements with lights, candles and decorations, to a simple Christmassy poinsettia. Start with a runner, like this on-trend hessian one. Lie it down the middle of the table ready to put your centrepiece on, then you can get creative and see what look works best for you.
Christmas wreaths make great table decorations. If you’ve got a large and/ or circular table, put one of these in the middle and fill the hole with a flameless LED candle. If you want to make it even more impressive, add a vase filled with battery-powered string lights and baubles to create a twinkling Christmas spectacle.
If you want to get creative, a plain wreath can be customised to fit in with your chosen Christmas theme. Read our article on how to personalise a wreath for tips on creating your own look. For longer, narrower tables, a swag is thinner than a wreath so might be a better option.
Garlands & swags
If you want a more contemporary Christmas look, place one of our garlands or swags down the centre of your table. Our green LED garland is thinner than a standard garland, so you can use the space on your table more effectively – plus, as it already has lights on it, it'll add some mood lighting and create a stunning effect.
You can also create this look yourself using our battery-powered copper wire string lights twisted around the garland of your choice.
Poinsettias & table top trees
Christmas foliage is a fantastic addition to your festive table, real or artificial. Table top Christmas trees are miniature festive trees designed to be the perfect size for a table. They are a real statement piece for your dining table and a sure fire way to let people know you are ready for a festive feast.
Nothing beats a poinsettia at Christmas – with their bold red flowers, they make a traditional and attractive centrepiece. If you want to add a real poinsettia to your table, you can pick one up in store. Read our article on how to take care of it to ensure that it looks great throughout the festive period. Or, check out our poinsettia decoration (pictured) for a glittery and no-effort option for your Christmas table.
Use baubles and tinsel to decorate a table
Get inventive with your tree decorations to create a gorgeous look for your table.
A hurricane vase or bowl can be filled with different sizes and shapes of baubles to create a stunning look.
Adding a string of our copper wire Christmas lights to the display will add a bit of extra Christmas sparkle. Because they are battery-operated you don’t need to worry about plugging them in and leaving an unsightly cable hanging off the end of your table.
Be as adventurous as you want when it comes to using tree decorations on your Christmas table. Clip these hessian bows to napkins for a great alternative to a napkin ring. Or why not make everyone feel special by giving them each a different bauble as a place setting? Choose a shape or colour that they may like, and then simply tie a label or tag to it with their name handwritten on it. This a lovely personalised touch, that will make it look like you have gone all out.
Threading some of our beadchains and tinsel around dishes and placemats will work for smaller tables that don’t have room for a centrepiece. Pair this silver beadchain with a few coloured decorations scatted randomly over your table for a cool, modern look.
Unique ideas for table settings
If you are feeling a little creative, there are several ways to make something unique for your Christmas table.
Pick up some pine cones and jazz them up by spraying them in a metallic paint. We particularly love glitzy gold glitter spray paint. They can then be scattered across the table to create an informal look, added to your Christmas centrepiece or used as place settings.
You could also spray paint an ordinary clothes peg to create an interesting way to show your guests where they will be seated. Stand them on their ends and place a piece of card with their name on it held between the pincer. We have lots of colour sprays for you to choose from so you can find one that matches your colour scheme.
If you want to create something that can be personalised for each guest, paint some old placemats or charger plates with our chalkboard paint. It can be used on wood, metal, plastic and ceramic surfaces – you can even use it on paper or card.
Then, you can write an individual message or personalised note to your guests. This chalkboard paint is also magnetic, so if you have any children at the table, be sure to give them some magnets to keep them entertained over mealtime.
Christmas stationery can be used to create unique items for your table. Gift tags can be used as place cards, and you can create your own using cuttings of wrapping paper. Why not use wrapping paper as a table runner? It will save on the washing when you’re done with it as you can just recycle it.
A Christmas table isn’t complete without crackers. Choose from either this pack of Skandi character crackers or these more traditional red and white designs to help your Christmas meal start with a bang.