The invitations have been sent, the acceptances received, and the menu is locked in… all that’s left is to finalise the details of your Christmas table setting. Let us inspire you with eight tablescapes to do the big day justice.
There’s nothing quite like sitting down to a beautifully decorated Christmas table. Take the time this Christmas to create a festive table worthy of your celebration of feast and family. With a little flair, you can continue your Christmas decorating theme right through to every place setting.
Let us inspire you with eight beautiful Christmas tablescapes to do the big day justice.
1. Modern red and green Christmas table
Above: Linen tablecloth in Sage, $145/240cm x 150cm, Cultiver. On table, clockwise from top right: Rattan recessed charger placemat in Sage Grey, $19.95/32cm, Alfresco Emporium. ‘Twinkle’ embossed glass baubles in White, $9.95 each, Provincial Home Living. Malcolm Greenwood terracotta cup in White Glaze, $35, Koskela. Rattan square placemat in Sage Grey, $34.95/32cm, Alfresco Emporium. ‘Sofia’ traditional Spanish hand-painted clay dinner and side plate, $256/set, Mrs Tablescape. European flax linen table napkin in Cedar Stripe, $50/set of 4, Cultiver.
2. Yellow Christmas table setting
Above: French gingham linen tablecloth in Mangue, $280/240cm x 170cm, Spiro Store. On table, clockwise from top right: ‘Veloce’ crystal Riesling wine glass, $110/set of 2, Riedel. Beechwood pepper mill, $75, Le Creuset. Lagos del Mundo old-fashioned blown glass tumbler in White Edge, $120/set of 4, Koskela. HMS Beagle embroidered linen napkin in Flannel Flowers, $55, and Futagami brass cutlery, $284/set of 3, The DEA Store. Malcolm Greenwood stoneware side plate in Terracotta and White Glaze, $45/19.5cm, Koskela.
3. White Christmas table decor
Above: For a similar tablecloth, try the ‘Ladoga’ tablecloth in Optical White, $660, Linen Things. On table, clockwise from top right: ‘Luce’ soy wax blend candles, $29.95/short, $39.95/medium, Alokaia. Jasper Conran ‘Pin Stripe’ fine bone china platinum band place setting, $349/5-piece set, Wedgwood. ‘Urano’ wide hemstitch linen napkin in White, $90/set of 4, Casa by Kate Nixon. Antiqued silver ridged glass onion bauble, $4.95, David Jones. Dinosaur Designs mother-of-pearl dish in Chalk Swirl, $70, Comunete Store.
4. A touch of purple
Above: ‘Cleo’ polyester fabric in Fern (used as a tablecloth), $88/metre, Warwick Fabrics. On table, clockwise from top left:‘Bretagne’ ceramic sugar pot (with lid) in Green, $12.95, Provincial Home Living. Greek salt grinder with handle in Copper, $105/large, The DEA Store. ‘Laudon’ crystal tumbler in Light Green, $120, Riedel. ‘Malibu’ handwoven seagrass charge plate in Black, $49/33cm, Pottery Barn. ‘Clavel’ Spanish ceramic dinner plate in Aubergine, $75, and salad plate, $70, Hutch Table Accessories. European flax linen napkin in Dusk, $50/set of 4, Cultiver.
5. Modern red and white Christmas table setting
Above: ‘Ticking Stripe’ cotton fabric (used as a tablecloth), $9/metre, Spotlight. On table, clockwise from top left: Bergs Potter ‘Helena’ clay pot in Rosa (includes saucer), $52.95, The Lost + Found Department. Miranda Berrow bespoke bowl in Lilac/Red Dash, $340, Love After Love. ‘Holly’ paper Christmas crackers (in bowl), $49/pack of 6, Mink & Me. ‘Olive Branch’ stoneware oil cruet, $70, Le Creuset. Vintage etched wine glass in Clear, $30, Williams-Sonoma. Crearte ‘Gota’ placemat in Red, $39/38cm, Hutch Table Accessories. ‘Portugal Stripe’ plain akane cotton napkin in Red, $34.95/set of 2, The Lost + Found Department. Patterned ceramic star, $30/set of 2, Marley & Lockyer. Peruvian clay dip bowl, $45, The DEA Store. ‘Toy’s Delight’ porcelain bowl (holding olives), $49.95/small, Villeroy & Boch.
6. Traditional red Christmas table setting
Above: ‘Celebration Tartan’ georgette polyester fabric in Red (used as a tablecloth), $20/metre, Spotlight. On table, clockwise from top right: ‘Eternal Palace’ porcelain dinner plate in Gold (part of a set), $405/12-piece set, Noritake. Acorn Christmas decoration, $8.95/large, and Danish paper tree hanging ornaments, $12.95 each, The Lost + Found Department. ‘Charlotta’ porcelain dinner plate in Gold (part of a set, on charger plate), $405/12-piece set, Noritake. Vera Wang ‘Jardin’ rim fine bone china soup plate, $129/22cm, Wedgwood. Ralph Lauren Home ‘Wyatt’ leather napkin ring in Green, $275/set of 4, and ‘Ralph’s’ bone china canape plate, $195/set of 4, Palmer & Penn. ‘Heritage Heirloom Tartan’ bone china dinner plate in Red/White (part of a set), $139.95/12-piece set, Myer.
7. Blue and green Christmas table setting
Above: ‘Anarkali’ floral block-printed cotton tablecloth in Blue, $79/220cm x 150cm, Hutch Table Accessories. On table, clockwise from top left: Iris Street Vintage metal salt and pepper shakers in Silver, $28/pair, Etsy. Natural rattan recessed placemat in Brown, $19.95/32cm, and‘ ‘Dynasty’ hand-painted ceramic plates, $99/26cm and $74.95/21cm, Alfresco Emporium. ‘Eclectic’ mixed cotton napkin in Amalfi Coast, $235/set of 6, Ivy + Piper. Preserved boxwood mini wreath, $29, Hutch Table Accessories.
8. Pink Christmas table setting with native flowers
Above: ‘Paisley’ oatmeal linen fabric in Petal (used as a tablecloth), $206.25/metre, Walter G. On table, clockwise from top right: ‘Raami’ glass tealight candle in Salmon Pink, $74.95, Iittala. Round ceramic platter in Antique, $179/35cm, Maison et Jardin. ‘Whimsical Pear’ dinner plate, $80/20.5cm, Ivy + Piper. ‘Ryde’ scalloped European flax linen napkin in Persimmon, $79/set of 4, Mink & Me. ‘Luxe Glittered Grid’ baubles in Pink, $19.99/set of 4, Myer.
GET THE LOOK
Indian block printed tablecloth, Etsy
Pick up any of the pretty colours in this hand-block-printed tablecloth to set a festive scene, then change it up for year-round entertaining.
Gota placemat in Red, Hutch Table Accessories
Not just for Christmas, get your Tomato Girl Summer on with this pop of red on your table this summer.
Le Crueset gravy boat in Red, David Jones
Your Christmas table is simply not complete without all the trimmings for roasted meats, including gravy! Serve it up in style with this sturdy gravy boat.
Ticking stripe cotton fabric, Spotlight
Christmas table decorating ideas are a great excuse to add to your stash of tablecloths! Available in four colours, style up timeless ticking fabric with a traditional or modern look, then reinvent it time and again throughout the year.
Linen napkin in Cedar Stripe, Cultiver
$60/set of 4
Warm up a neutral Christmas table with these beautiful linen napkins in a contemporary stripe. Iron and fold or gather in a napkin ring for a more relaxed look.