A festive table is laden with food, so keep your table decor minimal. A neat row of single blooms in tall thin vases, or crisp white orchids in simple vases placed along the centre of your table is modern, stylish and space savvy. Add tea lights and beaded garlands to complete the look. Place a bud on each napkin for extra zing.
No need to spend hours thinking of a theme, use colour as a theme when setting your table. Try combining no more than three colours at a time, as more tend to become busy and slightly kitsch. Continue the tones throughout, from the tablecloth and the flowers to the plates, glasses and crackers — and even onto your menu and the delicious food you serve.
Cluster together your ornamental Christmas baubles and place them in a striking vase or bowl to place on your table as a centrepiece, or on a side table as a festive feature instead of the usual flowers.
Spray paint a large frame gold and fill the centre with a polystyrene sheet covered in gorgeous paper. Use this newly made frame as a pin board to display your Christmas cards more elegantly than simply strung up along a wall. Metallic spray paint is available from Jack’s Paint from R40 a can.
Fasten a large ribbon strung with baubles to the chairs – these festive tiebacks will add a touch of glamour to your table in seconds.
Direct guests to their places with a fun twist. Attach a fabric flower, cheap brooch or paper butterfly to a wooden peg with some glue, and simply clip the peg onto each setting’s wine glass, holding the name firmly in place.
- Using an under plate makes a stylish statement and is more sophisticated than a placemat.
- Simple extra touches make all the difference. Beading your own serviette rings as take-home gifts will add a talking point to your table setting. Guests could use them as a bracelet or hang them from their keys for a funky key ring.