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Festive Styling: 5 Easy Christmas Ideas for your Dining Table

red and white scandinavian christmas table setting by the life creative interiors

I’ve already told you on the blog before how utterly obsessed I am with Christmas, so it should probably come as no surprise that I lose my mind over crafty Christmas ideas like a well-styled table setting.

But if you’re stuck for ideas when it comes to your dining room, keep calm and style on with the images, ideas and inspiration I’m sharing in today’s post.

The look I’ve gone for with this table setting is Scandinavian inspired, but the hints and tips here apply to any festive theme you want to go with (I honestly hate having to choose just one theme at Christmas because there are just so many gorgeous ideas. A true first world problem, right?!).

So strap yourself in and get motivated to deck out your dining table this silly season!

5 Easy Christmas Ideas for your Dining Table

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Play with Shapes and Layers

Table settings are often quite square or rectangular, with really clean lines that can make the tablescape feel stuffy or too formal (and if it’s one thing I’m not at Christmas – especially after a few wines – it’s formal!).

To remedy this, bring in other shapes. Layering up circular plates and bowls is a genius move, but also considering placing round trays along a rectangular table runner.

Layering your items like this – and in varying textiles – will warm up the look and make it more approachable and visually dynamic. Circular glasses and candles are a great idea too. I love to use everyday items on the table setting as well; it merges form and function beautifully. And don’t be afraid to use food as a prop too (a tasty, edible prop).

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Get creative with place settings

Nothing makes me happier than a well-styled place setting. But you don’t need to have done a four-week craft course at community college to rock it out at home.

Just think of creative ways to jazz up plates and bowls to make guests feel a bit special when it comes time to devour the nine course degustation that is Christmas lunch.

You’ll see above that a christmas ornament for the tree has been used to hold a rolled fabric napkin together – with a gorgeous piece of rosemary from the kitchen used to bring some earthiness to the look.

Also notice the red fabric napkin placed across the bottom plate. Using fabric like this brings such a sense of warmth to the setting. Even a paper napkin would create a similar effect if you were on a budget (because aren’t we all a bit tight on cash at this time of year?).

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Play with Height down the centre of the table

It’s so nice to sit down for lunch and have your eye go on a visual journey down the centre of the table. The best way to make the tablescape feel interesting is to play with height.

Look to ornaments and decoration at different heights and in varying textures and materials. You can see above that some timber trees in varying sizes have been placed atop a wooden tray. Beside those, a bowl full of pine cones. If everything is at the same height it starts to feel incredibly boring – and again – quite formal.

The only thing I will advise you do is sit at your table and ensure you can see over ornaments. There’s nothing worse than having guests across the table that you can’t see or talk to. Unless it’s a distant relative you don’t like; then place the largest item in front of their face 😉

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Create a few individual displays on the table

In years gone by, table settings were all about one giant moment in the centre of the table, but we’re moving away from that now and opting for a few individual ones instead.

Consider putting three circular trays along a table runner (or more depending on your table size), and create vignettes on each of them. You might want to create three of the same vignettes or have a slightly different look on each tray.

This is where you can crack out your individual flair and have a play with styling yourself. There really are no rules, apart from ensuring (as mentioned above) that the pieces are at varying heights to create interest.

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Don’t Forget to keep it playful

Christmas is supposed to be fun and whimsical, so I’m all for bringing some joy onto the tabletop. To do this, ensure you have some crackers or bon-bons for each person on their placemat, with a few others scattered down the table runner.

There are also numerous games you can get from places like kikki K that are ‘conversation starters’, where you draw a card and ask questions of the table. If you think that’s a bit naff, just ensure you have fun during the lunch. Maybe scatter chocolates on the table for the kids. Or have some smaller, affordable and fun Kris Kringle pressies for people to open on the table.

The basic message here is to have fun – without spending too much money! Because Christmas, to me anyway, is about gestures, not spending a fortune!

This setting was styled alongside the team at Metricon using some products from Adairs. See the video below for more info on how to rock the Scandi look in this post.

See more Ideas in the Video below

What Christmas ideas are you rocking this year? What’s your colour scheme going to be? Drop a comment below and let me know your plans!
This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.

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  • Reply
    Natasha Andrews
    26 November, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Such a stunning table Chris!! This year we are not doing Christmas at my place – after 40 people last year it is a relief! But we are having a small Christmas Eve gathering and another small Boxing day event – will be so nice to just do a table for 8! I love yours styling! I’ve been thinking white, silver and some potted succulents for this year – I think I might add some timber and touches of red after seeing your setting.

    • Reply
      Chris Carroll
      27 November, 2015 at 8:17 am

      Oh Natasha, I don’t know how you did 40 people at your place and stayed sane. I once hosted 6 people and wanted to down a bottle of champers 6 minutes in lol. Thanks so much for your lovely words, too. The team at Metricon did a lot of the work here too; they are SO good at styling and continually blow me away.

      Succulents sound like a great idea too. I want to see photos! 🙂

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