Housetohome Christmas: 5 steps to a perfect festive table

Ali from Homes & Gardens welcomes us to a wonderful location in Bath to tell us how to create the perfect Christmas table

1. Create your base
Because relaxed kitchen dining is the norm these days, the addition of a crisp tablecloth or runner means we feel we’re making just that bit of extra effort. If you have a classic white cloth start with that or why not choose one of the many wonderful coloured linens now available. Matching napkins do work, but why not think about complimentary colours.

2. Layer up your china
Even if you later slip your plates away to warm them up, having the table fully set with a charge plate, dinner plate and side plate is a great way to make an impact.

3. Add the twiddle
The twiddle is that one small element at the table that could have been hand done. If you like the idea of adding a personal touch why not treat yourself to a calligraphy workshop so you can create your own place cards. However, if the thought of this brings you out in a cold sweat, don’t panic because something as simple as a pretty ribbon will look great, too.

4. Gather your glassware
Few of us have matching glassware so bring together a mix of pretty cut crystal, some perfectly traditional wine glasses and champagne flutes.

5. Let there be light
To set the scene and create a wonderful atmosphere twinkling lights are perfect. Go for tea lights in mercury votives as well as tiny LED lights that you can thread through foliage.Have fun putting together your festive table, don’t worry too much about everything matching, add layers of china and linen, a lovely personal element, some twinkly lights and I promise you, you can’t go wrong.

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