Set the scene for your festive feast by following these simple styling tricks says Eileen Leahy
he Christmas shopping is all done, the food preparation is under control and the wine is chilling in the fridge. But have you given any thought to how your table is going to look?
If you haven’t, don’t panic because there are a few ways you can transform a lacklustre table into a luxurious one.
Nothing sets the scene for an elegant yuletide table like a crisp, snow-white tablecloth or table runner. White crockery is another essential as it suits all decorating styles. If you are planning a last-minute jaunt to the supermarket, keep an eye out for the great bumper value packs of plain crockery available from the likes of Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda. And keep an eye out for fancy glassware which will add a polished finish.
When it comes to your festive flourishes, how about embracing a Nordic style with lots of green foliage such as stems of fragrant eucalyptus and swags of fern. Enhance and embellish with lots of twinkling pin fairy lights and votive candles and a sprinkling of pine cones. Or you could embrace the trend of recent years by suspending a branch from your ceiling and decorating it with baubles and lights. The effect is simply stunning.
To prettify chairs, why not hang oversized baubles or even sprigs of mistletoe on the back of each one? Now all that’s left to do is welcome your guests and enjoy your festive feast. Merry Christmas!
Winter Lake Christmas Dining Room Branch & Bauble Lifestyle, courtesy of Lights4fun (main pic, above), www.lights4fun.co.uk
Table Arrangement White, £99, Berries & Baubles,
Pair of vintage style champagne saucers, £29.99, Historic Royal Palaces,
Finishing table touches, from £1.50, Marks and Spencer,