Decorating ideas for the perfect Christmas dining table
• Table linen – we used a plain white tablecloth, runner and napkins, with a heatproof mat under the table cloth
• Charger plates
• Crockery, cutlery and serving spoons for each course
• Wine glasses, water tumblers and champagne flutes
• Mats for hot dishes
• Place cards – we used luggage tags – and ribbon
• Candy canes
• Table centrepieces
• Candles and holders
Prepare your table linen
Place a crisply ironed plain white cloth over your dining table, then lay a bright, festive runner down the centre, making sure it’s hanging evenly from either end of the table.
Lay the cutlery
Put the main course knife and fork either side of the charger plate, then put the starter knife and fork on the outside. Place the dessert fork at the top (handle left) with the spoon above (handle right).
Position the glasses
Allow a water tumbler, wine glass and champagne flute for each adult guest. Put the tumbler above the knives. The flute goes to the above left of the tumbler, and the wine glass to the above right.
Add placecards and napkins
We’ve folded our napkins into pockets then put a candy cane in each as a treat for guests. Cream luggage tags make inexpensive place cards. We’ve replaced the string tie with ribbon.
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