We love creating tablescapes!
And with the economic outlook gloomy, your festive table certainly needn’t be! You can create a beautiful, natural, sustainable scene on your table with minimum effort but maximum impact, and that doesn’t break the bank!
With a few carefully chosen items, many of which you’ll already have at home, along with some fresh seasonal foliage, flowers, and textural items you’ll create a table you’re proud of. And these ideas work well for Christmas day itself and any festive celebration during December.
We chose a traditional Wintry white, evergreen, and soft gold colour palette with plenty twinkling candlelight to create a calm festive scene.
1) Firstly - to have a tablecloth or set directly onto the wooden surface? If the wood is beautiful, then set directly onto the surface. And if you go for a cloth make sure it’s plain or has just a hint of pattern so it doesn’t clash with the decorative items you’ll add.
2) Set the places. We used matte gold charger plates, placed on top of woven pale coloured mats and soft white crockery. Drape your napkin over and top with a cracker for each person. If crackers are not your thing a little bauble on each or a sprig of foliage works just as well. So does tying the napkin loosely with some beautiful ribbon. Add glassware and cutlery.
3) Next the candles. Choose which holders, candlesticks or lanterns you’ll use. Here we’ve gone for soft gold storm lanterns with chunky ivory pillar candles in the centre of the table to anchor everything and interspersed with ceramic star tealight holders and clear glass dinner candle holders with ivory candles.
4) Now for some greenery. You can pick foliage for your garden, or pop into your florist and buy a bunch of wintery foliage and textural items. We used just a few stems from one of our Winter Evergreen Wraps – a mix of eucalyptus, white waxflowers, pine, and reddish brown hypericum berries placed in 3 bud vases. Now arrange these down the middle of the table. Of course, you can spend a little more and make you bud vases floral based rather than foliage based.
We’d go for a mix of rose, spray rose, eucalyptus, skimmia & waxflowers. (We can fill the perfume bottles for you with a similar mix and you can order online, ready just to place on your table- £15 each including the vase).
5) We’re loving paper honeycomb decorations this year again, so we added in forest green trees and soft white baubles, plus some beautiful traditional gold glass baubles scattered around the table.
6) Now just light your candles…
The setting in the image would suit a table seating up to 6 people. For larger tables, just add more in.
And of course, swap colours for candles, baubles and flowers to suit your taste and what you have. Traditional reds and gold, or maybe go for something different like soft pink and rose gold.
If you've a side table or console near you dining table, adding a larger statement vase that ties in with the tablescape is a lovely, fragrant finishing touch. Pictured below is our Winter Eucalyptus Wrap in an Oban green glass vase.
We used things from our shop mainly plus a few items from home.
This is what we used from the shop, and all is available to order online, while stocks last:
Garden Trading Ablington Lanterns Small
Garden Trading Maddox Warm White paper baubles- set of 3
Garden Trading Ithaca Tealight Holders Garden Trading Oban Vase Green Small
Sass & Belle Forest Green Paper Trees Duo
Sass & Belle Gold Crackle Glass baubles
Gisela Graham Green & White Pine & Berry crackers- box of 6
Dinner candles in clear glass holders
Perfume Bottle Bud Vases
Evergreen, Waxflowers & Berries WrapWinter Eucalyptus Wrap