6 Tips to help you create an elegant Christmas tablescape


Serve up your Christmas dinner in style with a beautifully presented tablescape. Here, Christine Jacobsen from ceramics and homeware brand Denby shares her tips for decorating your Christmas table.

Christmas dinner is one of the many festive traditions that make the day so special, and a special meal calls for a beautiful table setting to serve it on. With a little planning and some magical finishing touches, you can create an elegant Christmas tablescape to impress this festive season. The tips below will give you plenty of inspiration to get started.

Choose a theme or color scheme

The first step to planning a beautiful Christmas tablescape is deciding on a color scheme. Doing this in the beginning will help you decide what kind of tableware and centerpieces you’ll use, so your festive table will look cohesive and elegant.

There are many ways you can choose a color scheme for your table. Perhaps you’ll focus colors that match your dining room décor, or maybe you’ll opt for a theme this year. Traditional red, white, and green table settings will create a cozy rustic look that’s bound to add a touch of nostalgia to your Christmas dinner.

Take inspiration from a winter woodland and opt for neutral tones of white, cream, gold, and silver for a modern minimalistic look that will let your food be the star of the show. Or, perhaps a bright and bold tablescape is more your style, with vibrant color parings that will bring a touch of festive joy to your meal.

Pick beautiful table linen

Stunning table linen can help create a sense of occasion, so look for beautiful tablecloths and napkins that will provide a good base to layer your place settings and decorations. Patterned linen will add a playful touch to your dining table, particularly if you pick out napkins and tablecloths with a festive print that matches your theme.

Make sure you choose high-quality tablecloths and napkins made from natural fibers such as cotton or linen. These materials are usually machine washable, meaning you can remove any accidental gravy stains and reuse your table linen for years to come.

Add the finishing touches to your table by rolling or folding your napkins neatly and decorating them with Christmas napkin rings or colorful ribbon tied in a bow.

Select stunning tableware


Along with table linen, beautiful tableware can help elevate your Christmas décor. White tableware is a traditional option for Christmas, as it’s incredibly versatile and can match almost any theme. To inject a bit of festive magic, opt for white ceramics with gold or silver touches.

For a more personal touch, why not use your everyday tableware for your Christmas dinner? You can easily dress them up with the rest of your table décor. This is often a more sustainable option, as you’re not having to invest in a dinnerware set that you’re only going to use a few times a year. Plus, if you choose high-quality tableware for every day, it won’t look out of place on your Christmas table.

If you do buy new tableware for the festive season, try to pick pieces that you can use year-round, such as those with simple glazes or geometric designs, rather than Christmas patterns.

Lay beautiful place settings

To help the day go as smoothly as possible, be sure to lay your table with everything you’ll need for the entirety of your Christmas feast. This includes providing all the necessary tableware, such as dinner plates, salad plates, and bowls, along with glasses and enough cutlery for each course.

Lay a dinner plate at each place setting and stack the salad plate on top ready for your appetizers. If you’ll be serving soup, then your soup bowl should go at the top of the stack.

Cutlery should also be placed in the order that they’ll be used, so dinner utensils are on the inside and salad utensils are on the outside. Usually, forks will sit on the left, with knives on the right but, for a relaxed table setting, you can place all cutlery on one side of the place setting if you prefer.

Glassware should sit to the top right of your dinner plates, and it’s a good idea to lay out tumblers for water as well as wine glasses.

Carrie Allen – Cool Shiz

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This past week I’ve been noticing beauty in many things from the mundane to fabulous, from the specific, faded color of blue on a shed to snow-covered ghost trees on the mountain, and fireworks over the ski village at night.  There was a chihuahua named Princess dressed in pink sitting in front of us on the plane – cool?  Maybe…  She was better behaved than some.

This got me thinking about things that inspire in general.  I thought I’d pull together some cool shiz from this week and beyond.  Enjoy.

  1. Tiny Ceramics

On a plane a few weeks ago in the American Way magazine on American Airlines, I read a short piece on Jon Almeda’s tiny pottery.  I was intrigued and checked out his site.  They are gorgeous.  I love anything in miniature.   Here are a few images from his instagram page, which I love – tiny, beautiful pottery inside fruit!

2.  Snow Ghost

I had never heard of Snow Ghost trees before my love used that moniker when we were atop a ski mountain in Idaho in January.  The sheer beauty coupled with the name has left a haunting impression on me. They are quiet, with grace and beauty.  I could look at them all day.  Apparently they are covered in heavy accretions of ice, called rime, instead of snow.



3. Blackbird Doughnuts

Doughnuts.  Who doesn’t love a doughnut?  Have you tried a gourmet one?  Boston has Blackbird Doughnuts, which creates unique gourmet doughnuts and uses brioche dough for their raised doughnuts and old fashioned recipes for their cake doughnuts.  Is your mouth watering yet?  Here are a few images taken from their instagram page.  Shiz is getting real.

4. Fireworks on a Ski Mountain

I believe I have only ever really seen fireworks annually on July 4th or at least in warmer months.  This week during our February break from school we got to see these lovely fireworks over the ski village at Schweitzer as the snow came down. It was magical.  I took a little video so you can see them too, complete with snow ghost trees in the background.

5. Princess

I will close with pictures of Princess, of course.  When I asked what her name is, her lovely Russian owner said Princess in a low sultry voice, barely acknowledging me or making eye contact, which was pretty cool too.  Princess remained aloof.

Carrie Allen created this site as a way for people to share stories about things they love. Read more about her inspiration here.