tip one: Is your food going to go on the table or a buffet nearby? This will dictate how much room you have for a centre piece. It is a good idea to lay out the platters you are planning to use before you get started on dressing your table.
tip two: Pick one or two colours and start to build a story – don’t be afraid to stick to a neutral palette and let the food be the colour on your table. Or take inspiration from around you – your garden or farmers’ market is a great place to start. Simple native foliage can be all you need to make a table feel special.
tip three: Start with a good table cloth as a base. If you invest in a quality linen table cloth you will get years of use from it. We stock tablecloths up to 260cm long. If you are struggling to find a tablecloth large enough for your table consider using a linen sheet as a base. You can then add a smaller decorative tablecloth or table runner or placemats on top. On the other hand if your tablecloth is too large you can iron in a tucked fold and make it a feature! The other great thing about tablecloths is they absorb sound, reducing the clinking of glass and cutlery which is very handy when you have a large number of guests.
tip four: Add personalised touches such as creative name cards. You can individualise settings using a different Christmas decoration, a coloured flower or a piece of foliage for each setting.
tip five: Napkins are a great way to add some colour and personality. Giving each person a unique colour or design can be a great conversation starter and makes it easier to always know which one belongs to each guest.
tip six: Placemats and coasters also add colour and style to the table whilst protecting the table from warm plates and glass ring marks.
tip seven: Create layers and depth by selecting items that are different heights. One easy way to do this is with candles. They add great ambience and can also add colour and scent to your table.
Most of all have fun with it. You don’t need to match everything perfectly, and it really is the little things that make it special. So eat, drink and be merry!