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Make your Christmas lunch a stylish affair with these fantastic budget Christmas table ideas. Make a stylish statement with inexpensive decorations, ornaments and a few crafty ideas. Start with simple low-cost furniture and build a stylish scheme around it.
Gather pine cones on a winter walk through the park and forest and string them together to make a rustic garland to dress your table. Browse flea markets and car boot fairs for vintage decorations and festive paraphernalia. Buy fabrics and linens from local second-hand shops and upycycle them into festive table runners. Use old scrabble pieces to make attractive place cards and spray paint pine cones in metallic hues for shimmer and shine. Dot a few tealights around the table for a glamorous look that is purse-friendly and minimal fuss. Instead of expensive bouquets, fill glass vases with pretty baubles, tinsel or Holly.
LSA edge white wine glass
Royal Stafford plate
Mix rose gold metallics and soft velvet in midnight jewel tones for an effortless yet luxe Christmas table setting. Inky indigo tableware contrasts perfectly with warm copper. Choose a cutlery set with a streamlined minimal design to really show of the beauty of the burnished metal and match to a hammered-effect copper coaster and button details on the table runner.
Bleu de four dinner plate
The Conran Shop
Use cool wintry colours and icy glassware for a relaxed Scandi-style Christmas table. Stack white and smoky grey plates topped with gorgeous glass bell jars filled with treats or rustic star-shaped decorations, alternating the two colours around the table. For informal dining and a pared-back look, eschew a tablecloth in favour of a rustic linen table runner and matching napkins in a textured taupe. Finish the scheme with frosted glasses wreathed in eucalyptus, foraged berries and woodland finds.
Star bell jar with tray
Give your dining room Nordic charm with crisp stripes and checks in red and white. Add snow-white highlights with ceramics and candles. Bring it all together with the gleam of glass and silver, and scarlet-berried greenery. Use striped ribbon to tie decorations to guests' chairs and dress the table with a red and white striped cloth. Top sparkling silver place mats with gingham check napkins and go for white tableware with green and red decoration and cranberry-coloured glassware. Make it all shimmer and shine with plenty of candlelight.
Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the best. Dig out an old box of Scrabble from your loft and use the tiles to spell out each person's name for cute place settings at the table. Wrap napkins and cutlery up with simple ribbon or twine and a sprig of scented foliage.
Take advantage of the fact that your oven is nearly always on over Christmas by baking your own place settings. A simple cookie cutter and a thin length of string will make the prettiest homemade treats to munch on after dinner.
You want the food to be the star of the show on Christmas Day, so when decorating your dining room, think less is more. Plain white tableware and linen with red placemats and ribbon won?t cost the earth and will give your Christmas lunch a simple backdrop from which to shine.
A soft-sage dining room
scheme with white-painted furniture is given a magical feel with pretty
evergreen foliage, white tableware and - of course - a stunning white
Christmas tree. Place church candles on a mantelpiece for a safe way to
create a soft glow and tie foliage onto the back of dining chairs,
complete with sparkling baubles.
If space is tight in your dining room,
choose a refectory table with benches that can be tucked away. For
Christmas, dress up this simplistic scheme with sheepskin throws on the
benches, pure-white tableware and even pure-white crackers. Storm
lanterns provide a safe way to enjoy candlelight at the table, while a
modern centrepiece, like this beaded cone, becomes a real showstopper.
Fresh reds and whites and simple patterns epitomise Scandi style in this festive dining room.
Go for a mix of cute patterns on a variety of accessories, from table
runners to napkins and ceramics. Add sparkling glassware for a
celebratory style that is both relaxed and rustic.
A rustic dining room
filled with upcycled furniture and second-hand buys is given cool
Nordic Christmas style. The simple table setting, packed with sparkling
glassware and silvery tableware, offsets the striking animal skin rug
and sheepskin throws over the chairs - perfect for a warm and festive
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This family kitchen-diner
has a rustic refectory-style bench alongside a contemporary glass table
for an eclectic look. Mix in colourful glassware with your table linen -
here, a red table runner and green glasses add a jolly festive touch.
Bring in evergreen foliage and red berries and line your shelves and the
tops of cupboards for an extra Christmassy feel.