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Christmas: 5 Steps to the Perfect Festive Table…

By now, you’ll know where you’re headed on Christmas Day, will have most (!) of your presents bought and possibly even picked out your gorgeous outfit for Christmas day (unless you’re like I was last year, and spend the day in trackies with a god-awful hangover).

It’s not time to think about the details. From how to perfectly wrap your gifts to how to win at Monopoly after lunch (cheat). And of course, the finishing touches that distinguish Christmas from a normal big old Sunday lunch with friends.

We’ve chatted to a few experts and got their tips to make things a little easier for you. Style expert Caroline Hodgson, who has helped legends such as Paul Smith, The Conran Shop and Liberty of London with their homeware designs before taking up her current role as Accessories Buyer for Barker & Stonehouse – offers these tips for creating a gorgeous Christmas table

1. Stick to a tonal palette

Rustic wooden Christmas decorations are a subtle alternative to the traditional red and gold and you can add sparkle through lights and subtle shimmery accessories.

2. Decide on a colour or theme for your table settings

Whether it’s rich jewel colours, natural neutrals or sparkling silver – choose a theme to embrace seasonality fashionably. Glass lanterns and vases make fantastic and versatile centrepieces. Try filling them with pine cones, nuts or colourful baubles depending on your mood to bring your theme to life.

3. Try a garland

A frosted garland evokes a lovely festive feeling without the need for ostentatious decorations.

4. Lay the table with care

Layering white tableware with a set featuring a subtle pattern or design creates a pretty and polished look which is perfect for formal occasions such as Christmas dinner.

5. Use candles to create ambience

Candlelight is excellent for creating a soft and mellow mood. Use cream or white candles and silver candle holders such as these Coral Hurricane lanterns to create a focal centrepiece.

And that’s it! I think this looks gorgeous – and will be offering to recreate a similar look at the in-laws to save them one more job.

Do you have any tips or cheats for making life easier at Christmas? Please do tell us below!

(All products in images available at Barker and Stonehouse, images via them. Of course, similar items are available elsewhere too!)

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