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.
How to create a stunning Christmas dining table
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 you have a wooden table that 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 film, also known as sticky back plastic, to cover the worktop. With several wood-effect options as well as other plain colours or patterns, 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.
Use a light up centrepiece for a showstopper feature on your Christmas table. Create your own by putting battery-operated copper wire lights along with twigs or fir cones into a clear decorative jar or vase (pictured). You could add miniature baubles for a burst of colour, or anything else that will give your dining table some personality. This will make a beautiful and individual decoration for your table over the festive period.
Choose warm white lights for a cosy, traditional look that goes with deeper reds and greens, or ice white or multi-coloured lights for a vivid and playful look that goes with brighter, modern colours. Or if you’d prefer a pre-made version, we offer a warming Copper Wire Light Dome Silhouette that features on-trend copper wire lights within a glass domed cylinder.
Another illuminating decoration is a candle arch, a classic Christmas feature. Stick with tradition with our Candle Arch Silhouette or go for a more contemporary approach with our Modern Star Candle Arch (pictured). Both feature flameless LED candles for a completely safe alternative to candles that still give you the same glowing effect.
Add some festive foliage
An eye-catching way to decorate a table is to add some Christmassy foliage – either real or artificial. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree, so why not add one to your table? Our table top trees are the ideal size and come in a variety of forms, including gold or silver-effect tinsel trees and pre-decorated traditional style trees. One our favourites is the 2foot (ft) Winterfold Glitter Table Top Tree. It comes with glittery decorations including pine cones and berries. Enjoy it as it is or add battery-operated copper wire lights for added glimmer.
For traditional foliage, dress your table with a wreath, swag or garland. A wreath is an ideal centrepiece with a flameless candle in the centre for a festive look. And if conventional isn't your thing, we have alternative plants on offer. Why not go for something a bit different and add some artificial succulents like these rose gold faux plants? The plants are speckled with glitter for added sparkle and the pots are on-trend. If you’re looking for a real plant for your table you can’t beat the classic poinsettia, available in our stores. Read our article on how to take care of it to ensure that it looks great throughout the holiday season.
Hang up decorations
For a striking display, hang baubles over your table (pictured) or on the back of dining chairs. Try combining standard spherical baubles with other interesting individual ones like stags, snowflakes and pine cones.
Alternatively, put your decorations in bowls or vases and place in the centre or in various places around the table. Individual decorations can also work well as napkin rings or as decorative place settings.
Create personalised decorations
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. Or use our Chalkboard Effect Self-adhesive Film (pictured) – it’s a dark green colour so would go well with classic Christmas colours, and it can be removed once the holidays are over. Then, you can write an individual message or personalised note to your guests.
Another fun chalkboard option is these Chalkboard Baubles. Put your guests’ names on them and use as place settings or note down Christmas messages on them and scatter or hang around the table.
Spray on some colour
Pick up some pine cones and jazz them up by spraying them in a metallic paint. We offer a selection of glitzy metallic colours including rose gold, copper and glitter effects. The pine cones can then be scattered across the table to create an informal look, added to your Christmas centrepiece or used as place settings. Or if you're short on time our Glitter Pine Cones are available with gold or silver glitter to add rustic woodland charm.
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.
Create a jolly Christmas kids area
If you can’t fit everyone around the table, a separate kids table is a great opportunity to introduce fun extras or another style for the children without disrupting your chosen look for the main table. One of our garden tables would be an excellent additional table to fit alongside your dining table.
Our Jolly Festive collection is perfect for decorating for children, with its bold colours and Christmas characters. They’ll love this Holographic Effect Stars Silhouette (pictured) for something to look at. Adorn the edges of the children’s table, or the walls around it, with our decorative bunting that features Christmas characters like Santa, penguins and reindeer.