Stunning Christmas tablescaping ideas to nail hosting this season

Listen closely, can you hear the sleigh bells ring? Christmas is soon approaching and I can hardly contain my excitement for this festive season anymore. Can you? This month, we’ve got your festive décor and gifts covered, from ideas for the interiors lover to kid-friendly presents, so now it’s time to sort your tablescaping too.

From traditional foliage and tealight candles to holiday-themed napkins and bold centerpieces, here are my favourite Christmas tablescaping ideas to inspire you this festive season…

Candle holders 

Candlesticks can always add that traditional feeling to your festive table setting. Go for tall individual candlesticks or for a bold design, in gold or brass accents to warm up the scheme.

Christmas tablescaping ideas
Blue Italian tableware set, from £150, Spode.
Christmas tablescaping ideas
Dark Blue Felicity collection, from £11, Burleigh.
Christmas tablescaping ideas
Goldfinger dining chair, £1250, Bond dining table £3200, Eve candelabra £398, 1948 dinner set from £32, all from Jonathan Adler.

Christmas crackers

Who doesn’t love crackers this time of year, right? Decorate your festive dining table with this holiday favourite – place it on top of the plates as the focal point of your tablescaping design, on the side or create a special spot for them at the end of your table. From minimalist designs to bold patterns, you can find a set of crackers to match your scheme.

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Plaza round table with Perth grey velvet chairs, Furniture and Choice.
Christmas tablescaping ideas
This Christmas, go for a darker scheme for your tablescape, with deep neutral shades for your tablecloth, jewel toned candlesticks, festive decorations and your favourite crockery. Halo collection, from Denby.
Christmas tablescaping ideas
Tartan Christmas crackers, £36 for 6, Nancy & Betty Studio.

Treats and trinkets

As a symbolic gift, place a festive decoration, such as a special bauble, on your plate sets for your guests to take home and remember this holiday season forever. Or why not pop delicious gingerbread (or even better – a DIY gingerbread kit) on top of the napkins for a nice surprise?

Who doesn’t love a good treat? Home For Christmas napkins, £16.50, Sophie Allport.
Halo Angel, £9.99, Denby.
Peek the festive decorations? Gold metallic stars, small £17; large, £19, Rockett St George.

Festive napkins

A great Christmas tablescaping idea is to place holiday-themed napkins on top of the place sets. They can either match your festive tablecloth or be in a pop of colour that is found in your scheme. Set them nicely on top of your plates and add a napkin ring or decoration for a statement look.

If you love the modern rustic aesthetic, why not include rattan, linen and wooden accents in your festive tablescape? Pair of Camilla waxed Italian linen placemats in Pair of Denim, £45; Rattan charger in brown, £14; Pair of basket weave plates with green trim, £32; Pair of Georgia linen scalloped napkins in Forest Green, £48, all from Rebecca Udall.
If you are not a fan of napkin rings, add a festive touch through the Alpine Fir Christmas napkin decorations set of four, £20, and Cotton heads festive decoration set of four, 10, both from Dress for Dinner.
Silver and gold reindeer Nordic style Christmas napkins, £15, Ragged Rose.
Seasoning mill, £50, Cuisinart.

Stand-out foliage and centrepieces

You can never go wrong with Christmas foliage in your festive tablescaping scheme. Choose traditional foliage with lots of red and green for a classic look or try a contemporary design with neutral tones and lots of pine cones.

Light up brush trees forest in white, £65, and Four golden bells napkin rings, £12.50, all from Cox & Cox.
You can never go wrong with a classic Red berry advent wreath and ivory TruGlow candle table decoration, £99.99, lights4fun.
More of a maximalist? Choose The Wild Child Set in green, from £150, with velvet and diamante napkin ring set of four in Berry, £48, Setting Pretty.

Simple décor

Go for a minimalist theme this Christmas with a touch of greenery as your centerpiece, sophisticated glasses and monochromatic dinnerware. You can place some tealight candles to warm up the scheme and add that cosy feeling.

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The Scandi-inspired theme this Christmas is growing in popularity – from wooden textures to neutral décor, and I personally love it! Paper ornaments, from £5.95; Charida brass wire Christmas tree display stand, £90; Set of two twisted candles in Walnut, £12, all from Rose & Grey.
Christmas tablescaping ideas
These frosted wine glasses from the Mist Collection, £40, from LSA International complete this modern rustic scheme.
Christmas tablescaping ideas
Keep the décor simple and make space for your festive dishes on the table for easy access. French oven snowflake cocotte in White Truffle, £229, STAUB.
Go for an all-white Christmas theme with silver accents and minimalist festive touches like snowflakes, sleigh bells and greenery. Montecarlo white napkin set of four, £24, The Fine Cotton Company.

Show your dining chairs some love too…

Grab some fabric, be it a linen napkin or a glittery material, seasonal greenery and festive tree decorations, and tie them together around your dining chair. Have fun with this and come up with your unique design.

Set of four linen napkins, £30, set of three Woodbridge starts, £33, from Garden Trading.

Got a nice and heated dining spot outdoors?

If the answer is yes, then safely place foliage around the fireplace and rustic wooden coasters and enjoy some festive drinks outside.

Christmas tablescaping ideas
Halo 3K corner sofa and stone glass fire pit, from £3375, Moda Furnishings.

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