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8 alternative Christmas table ideas

With a party-filled festive season upon us, it’s time to start thinking about creative ways to decorate your table - and your home - for Christmas entertaining. Put a modern twist on the traditional palette of red, green and gold, and discover our alternative table setting and Christmas home decor ideas your friends and family will love.

1. Set the table with a selection of glittering glassware

Bring your fanciest glassware out for the occasion - it’s Christmas after all! Choose something with a lot of shine, such as our Joli styles with gold-foiled bases. The collection includes glasses for a range of drinks, from wine and champagne glasses to cocktail and gin glasses, so your Christmas guests will be able to enjoy their tipple of choice, while your festive table remains cohesive.

2. Create a centrepiece with dried flowers

Eschew the traditional holly and ivy displays in favour of something a little more colourful - a vase filled with a bouquet of dried flowers. For a statement display, add them to the centre of your Christmas table or separate the bunch into smaller posies for your guests to take home, placed on each plate. They last much longer than fresh flowers, so you can use them for Christmas, then display them elsewhere in your home when the festivities are over.

3. Personalise place settings with an initial coaster

Add a personal touch to your table setting by setting each place with a personalised marble coaster, inlaid with your guests’ initials in golden brass. In the spirit of giving, let them keep their coaster as an extra Christmas gift - it’s a little extra surprise for them, and, best of all, you won’t need to wrap it.

4. Decorate with twinkling string lights

Because nothing says festive quite like garlands of sparkling Christmas lights hung around your house and draped around your tree. For extra sparkle, you can place them on your Christmas table setting too. Use a battery-powered option such as our Lorie Tulle Pom String Lights, nestled in and amongst your dishes. Encased in soft tulle fabric, they’ll add a diffused yet festive glow.

5. Mix, don’t match your serveware

After a day spent cooking in the kitchen, you want your creations to look as good as they taste. Enhance your festive feast by using a mix of ceramic and brass Christmas tableware to create a varied and interesting setting for every course, from small bowls for snacks, sides and condiments, to large plates and platters for your main course and dessert.

6. Use photo holders to display your menu

Use fun photo holders to display your Christmas Day menu, and as place cards to mark your guests’ seats at the table. Mix or match different shapes and animals, and fill them with something personal for your guest. You could hand-write their name on a nice piece of card or patterned wrapping paper, or insert a photo of a special memory you’ve shared.

7. Dot the table with candles

Dot insta-worthy swirly candlesticks and vintage-inspired glass candle holders down the length of the table. For a hit of festive fragrance, scent the scene with the trio of Christmas candles in our Noel Mini Scented Candles Set, including earthy Gold & Myrrh, aromatic Orange & Cinnamon and Fig, scented with cardamom and bergamot. Place a gold candle spinner atop your candles for an extra twinkling touch, and watch as the star charms move in the candlelight.

8. Add festive touches around the room

And of course, decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t stop with your table and tree. Make your dining space even more inviting by hanging festive Christmas decorations and fresh pine-scented foliage around the room too. For something even more extra? Hang large glass stars and pretty garlands on your mantelpiece to create a photobooth for selfies with your family and friends.

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