Christmas Table Styling
We are all usually running around like headless chickens during the festive season, and the thought of tasking yourself with any extra work sounds like a mad idea, but i thought i would share with you a few ideas that are simple, cheap and very effective to make your christmas table that extra special this year.
Homemade Christmas Wreath
A classic and simple idea to create impact for your home at Christmas is of course a wreath. Here i have made a wreath using a simple florist wreath frame, a bag of moss, some green florist wire (all available to buy at most garden centres) and some dried hydrangeas and eucalyptus from the garden earlier in the year. It really is a case of simply using the wire to wrap & secure the moss around the wire wreath frame, and then again to attach the foliage. Florist wire is great because it has a green coating which means its hardly visible to the eye when amongst greenery (so you don’t need to worry too much about neatness or technique!).
Available to buy from Bow Boutique
Of course you might not have access to dried foliage etc, but fresh foliage, or even artificial flowers would work just as well.
As you can see in the photos above, you can use your homemade wreath in its most traditional sense hung on a wall or door (although please be considerate with what foliage you use if hanging outside). But it also looks fabulous as a table centre with a church candle or something similar in the middle.
The beauty also of a wreath like this is that you can in theory have it up all year round depending on what foliage you use. If you use classic flowers like hydrangeas, there is no reason why this wouldn’t look great as a wall feature all year round. Interiors trends come and go but botanicals and florals always seem to find their place amongst the list.
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It’s all about the detail..
Another really easy thing to make that adds a unique personal touch to your Christmas table styling is personalised place settings that your guests can also take home as a memento of the day. Here i have created a name place setting that doubles up also as a personalised tree decoration.
They were really easy to make; i bought a blank ceramic tree decoration from Hobbycraft and then used a black Sharpie Pen and a Gold Metallic pen to decorate them with each guest’s name. If designing the typography and pattern for these feels a little overwhelming, there are hundreds of inspirational ideas on Pinterest that you can use as a guide. You can even print out font types that you like and play around with copying the lettering style.
Practise makes perfect of course, so i drew around the ceramic shape onto paper several times first to give me the perfect practise space for the design i decided on.
Festive Table Dressing
As you can see from the wider shots, overall i kept the table covering and crockery quite simplistic. I used a light grey linen tablecloth and darker grey linen napkins both of which i bought from H&M Home. Then i used gold plated cutlery that we stocked at Bow Boutique to add a bit of festive sparkle and Gold plastic plate surrounds which i actually picked up at a charity shop! but can be found in lots of places including the big supermarkets home sections.
Classic white dinner plates and traditional cut glass tumblers keep the overall look muted and provide the perfect base for your decorations and details to shine. I also used my favourite ‘Wobblet’ wine glasses which are made from recycled glass and are the source of much amusement after one or two mulled wines!
You will see i also used a small sprig of artificial mistletoe on each adults place setting (available to buy at Bow Boutique) and then i bought some giant chocolate gold coins and a bag of chocolate brussel sprouts for a treat for the children’s places. (Both of which i think i bought from Iceland).
As you can see from my photos, Christmas doesn’t have to be perfect ( hence the makeshift dining table in our lounge for Christmas dinner!) but it can be extra special with just a few, affordable creative ideas.