Top Tips For Creating A Stylish Christmas
Updated: Nov 9
If cutting down your guest numbers this Christmas is putting a damper on your usual Christmas excitement then I am here to help you get inspired and fired up again.
Consider the pros of having a more intimate Christmas and celebrating it with your very closest family and loved ones.
There will be less stress and more time to create a beautiful Christmas table, concentrating on details and making this year truly special. All occasions are about creating memories.
A major advantage of creating smaller gatherings is the scope you have to create a truly magical setting and experience, rather than worrying if you can fit everyone around the table this year.
Firstly, plan the meal...
Before you begin designing your table you need to create the menu. This will help you decide what plates, cutlery and glassware you will need for your table setting.
A great idea is to offer a platter style for the starter and then a plated main course with a dessert buffet station which makes for a very relaxed, chilled out day, which we could all do with, this year especially.
By planning out the menu first you will know exactly what you need for your table setting.
The next step is to plan the drinks...
will you be offering pre dinner cocktails, canapes?
Think about what glassware you will need and if you require large platters to serve canapes or a shared platter?
The holidays are the perfect time for traditional dishes, which I think gives a sense of normality and comfort but it is nice to bring a few changes each year with a themed cocktail or a slightly different twist on the desserts.
This year is different for us all and it could be a great way of breaking out a brand new tradition to share for years to come.
Your next task is to think about the centrepiece...
It is more than likely you will be seating six to eight this year at a table with the quarantine pods, giving you more space to create a fabulous table centrepiece.
Look around at what you already have in your home that you could use, vases, glasses, candle holders etc and get inspired. Most homes have a Christmas collection so with a bit of planning you can see what you have and what you would love to add this year.
There are some beautiful themes you could create. One of my favourite themes is a winter wonderland using branches and foraged foliage, which my little Grandson and I love to collect from the woods near us on our winter walks and then mix with glittering baubles.
Add a warm glow with candles, strings of white lights, and glass or metallic accents. I love the idea of adding battery-operated twinkle lights into a cylinder vase with greenery in a variety of sizes to keep the centerpiece interesting and give it that festive feel.
Use reflective surfaces with lots of candles for an intimate, cosy vibe.
Take some time on your place settings, because as we will have smaller groups to entertain it could be the year you splash out on a new set of gold cutlery or some fabulous coloured glassware to really make your table festive.
Always add in some lovely linen napkins and play around with how you are going to display them, your napkin origami!
Think about adding in some beautiful details such as napkin rings and personalise each place setting with pretty handwritten placecards.
This year could be the year you make your own crackers, buy each guest something really nice they would enjoy and place this inside your own crackers.
Maybe you could try your hand at making a wreath for your door to welcome your guests in and set the tone from the outset.
I hope I have given you inspiration and listed below are some websites that you can get loads more tips and ideas from. These are a few of my favourites but of course there are so many more to choose from.