How to style a Christmas table

Annabelle Everard, interior designer for Annabelle Holland Design and Sarah from Pod & Pip have teamed up to create a vintage inspired table setting ready for Christmas with the family.

Christmas is the time of year which turns our attention to decorating the home with everything from the tree to the table. There is such a huge array of accessories and decorating ideas to choose from, our top tip is to stick to one theme and keep it simple.

Christmas is the perfect time of year to get out any special pieces you might have, dust them off and use them, as that's what they are there for! This started the idea of a vintage inspired theme which then allowed us to focus on what style of flowers and accessories we wanted to use.

For the table setting, Annabelle suggests starting with a table cloth, something white and crisp or perhaps with lace will make the table instantly feel special. Annabelle had fallen in love with some marble effect baubles from Heals which sparked the idea of hanging decorations from the lights. She mix and matched them with old baubles collected over the years and hung them at various lengths with different coloured ribbon and string. Varying the lengths, ribbons and style of bauble helped to make it look co-ordinated but not too matched! Marble crackers with metallic ribbon were added to each place setting to work alongside the baubles and a vintage lace name card from Papier to tie everything together. Add white sugared almonds or chocolates as a finishing touch to the table, it looks festive and is handy for hungry guests to nibble on before the Christmas pudding arrives!

For the flowers, a foliage table runner for the Christmas table is a simple but effective way of adding some interest to the table setting and is also relatively quick to do (which is a bonus at this time of year!). The table runner works well for all budgets from foraging your own foliage through to adding in bundles of fresh roses and flowers, the sky is your limit. It can also be easily adapted to suit your table setting theme.

Blue fir and foraged ivy was used to provide the base of the table runner carefully selecting ivy that had big black berries to help give a moody vintage look. Pink peppercorn berries were then added to provide a extra texture, colour and interest. The colour of the pink peppercorns were perfect to give an overall vintage feel complimenting the gold of the plates and lace tablecloth.

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