How to: Dress Your Christmas Table


A special meal becomes even more of an occasion when you dress up your table, so here are our easily achievable ideas for Christmas.

  1. Using seasonal foliage for your centrepiece is a quick win as it’s easy to get hold of, and also brings a personal touch to your table. The image above shows velvety roses combined with eucalyptus, fir sprigs and a few hypericum berries, for a look that is both rich and fresh. If you want to keep things very simple, a few vines of intertwined lush, dark ivy can look fabulous by itself.
  2. The warm glow of candles is heartening on dark winter days and especially so at Christmas, so they are a great addition and can look stunning when mixed with flowers and foliage. Tapered candles work well rising above the flower arrangements shown above, while pillar candles look wonderful when placed on a clear dish within a wreath, or simply surrounded by ivy. Either way, these create a timeless centrepiece that matches any interior and table setting.
  3. Your place settings are a crucial part of the overall table presentation, and a neatly presented setting will bring a sophisticated sheen to your table. It doesn’t have to be complicated: simply arranging your crockery on a colour-themed placemat, adding a neutral napkin and finishing it off with a colour co-ordinated cracker will look elegant and well thought-through.

Watch the video to see how you can add a personal touch to your Christmas table with homemade finishing touches. It’s not fiddly to do, meaning you can easily create the wow-factor for the big day. Use berries and greenery picked from the garden, combined with bought decorations, to create a sophisticated look full of rustic charm. It’s possible to make napkin rings, place settings, simple table decorations and more, meaning you can make sure everything looks coordinated. And it can all be used throughout the entire festive period, meaning the effort isn’t just for Christmas day itself. 

We used:

  • Berries and greenery from the garden
  • Thin wire
  • Ribbon and raffia
  • Festive trimmings and decorations
  • Tea light holders
  • White card
  • Glue


  1. Create beautiful place settings by glueing small pieces of foliage and decorations to pieces of folded white card.
  2. Personalise wine glasses with homemade glass charms. Create small rings from wire, and thread them with foraged berries and hips.
  3. Use strands of ivy to create napkin rings. Secure the strands with thin wire and finish off with a decorative bow.
  4. Make a simple table decoration with tea light holders surrounded by greenery, berries and bought festive trimmings.
  5. Customise bought Christmas crackers by decorating them with garden foraged decorations and beautiful ribbon.