The best Christmas dining accessories to set the scene for your festive feast

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Aside from opening presents, Christmas lunch is the big event of the day, so you want it to be extra special. The food is sorted, but what about the table? Is it looking lovely or does it need a bit of extra magic?

If you want to make it shine, start with the tableware. Christmas is the time to add glitz and glamour, and gold is sophisticated and timeless. New ranges include some stylish white and gold dinnerware with a lustre finish, gold holographic-style placemats with an Art Deco feel and glasses with a gold pattern that are beautifully elegant.

Introduce stunning Angel Wing accessories in the form of a gravy boat and salt and pepper shakers for something a bit different. Or, for a more peaceful vibe, keep it simple with white tableware that has a handmade feel and add natural foliage for a Scandi look.

Candles are a must-have at Christmas too, so look for simple white pillar candles or modern tealight holders that will create a soft warm glow, without being so high that they hinder conversation across the table.

Lastly, no self-respecting household is without a drinks trolley these days, so why not splash out and buy one for the festive season, knowing you will use it all year round.

1. Run the show

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Add sparkle and shine to the table with a gold sequinned runner, it will set the scene in an instant. Then add delicately patterned china and gold effect cutlery for the special day.

Buy now: Freya Flute glasses, £26 for a set of four, Next Home
Buy now: Freya 12-piece dinner set, £5, Next Home
Buy now: Gold sequin runner, from £24, Next Home

2. Work some monochrome magic

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White and grey never goes out of style. Make sure dining chairs are comfortable so you can linger over the meal, and keep the china simple so the food is the hero.

Buy now: Anderson extending dining table, £450, Next Home
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Turned candlesticks, from £16, Next Home
Next dining chairs

3. Elevate the everyday

dining table with tealight holder wine glasses and faux fur rug

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Uncomplicated but elegant, this china could be used everyday, but dressing the table with flowers and foliage and adding candlelight takes it to another level.

Buy now: Averie glasses, from £12 for a set of two, Next Home
Buy now: Faux Fur Rug, from £35, Next Home
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Nova stemware, £14 for four, Next Home

4. Keep it simple

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These stylish placemats set the scene and the circle design is echoed on the dinnerware. A classic white linen napkin and a sprig of fir is all you need.

Buy now: Pom Pom placemats, £6 for a set of two, Next Home
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Kensington 16-piece cutlery set, £30, Next Home
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Pearl Bronx dinner set, £45, Next Home

So if you’re still looking for the perfect finishing touches to dress your dining room, you need look no further than these must-haves from Next.


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Alison Davidson

Alison Davidson has been working as an interiors and lifestyle journalist for over 30 years. She has been Homes and Gardens Editor of Woman & Home magazine and Interiors Editor of House Beautiful magazine, she has also freelanced and worked for most of the interiors magazines at one time or another. She is currently embracing the move to digital using the same knowledge and expertise to produce high quality features.