Christmas Table Styling Ideas

Dec 17, 2020 | Design and Interior Decoration, Living In Your New Home

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Guest blogger: The Aesthete Collective.


How to style your Christmas table


Christmas is a time to celebrate, it’s a time to be thankful, and enjoy time with our loved ones. The music, food and pretty decorations make Christmas my favourite time of the year, and it’s the perfect excuse to have fun and entertain in your new home!

For those smarties out there looking to express their creativity, this guide will help you nail the table styling every time no matter the occasion. There are a few easy steps to creating a beautiful table scape, and the best part is, that it doesn’t have to cost the earth to make your home look gorgeous! I have a simple formula that I follow each time I’m styling a table:

1. Table cloth. It’s always nice to use a table cloth or a table runner, it adds a layer of texture to your table and sets the tone as the base of your styling. If you can’t find a tablecloth to suit or fit your table, consider purchasing fabric from a craft store and hemming it yourself to give a more custom look and feel. I like to opt for a plain colour, generally in a neutral and leave the colour to the decorations.

2. Crockery (or dinnerware). Setting your table with your cutlery, crockery and glassware makes it look fuller and more impressive for your guests upon arrival. Linen napkins are always a nicer choice, they not only look better but they’re a more environmentally friendly choice. When selecting a napkin I think it’s good to have fun with them, choose a colour, texture or a pretty pattern to add interest.

3. Decor. Styling items are the jewellery to the table. It’s important to add personality, and some height to the table. Get creative with what you decorate with, think about using natural elements such as fruit, florals and twigs to give a relaxed feel to your styling. I love to add little touches of metallic also to give a festive feel and always finish off with a candle of some sort.

Decorating really is just a formula, first of all you start with a base and then you just keep on layering until you’re happy! You can choose to go traditional, minimal, use pop colours, or keep it neutral – whatever your style is just embrace it and have fun with it!  

Look 1: Australiana Natural Christmas Table

For my first tablescape, I was inspired by the tones of a winter forest. The beige and green tones reflect the colours found in nature. I’ decided to go with a beige coloured tablecloth for my base as it’s a versatile choice that I can easily use again throughout the year.

I foraged a branch from a neighbourhood tree to give the tablescape some height and styled it with some paper ornaments from H&M that tie in with my colour scheme perfectly. I love the relaxed feel of this centrepiece.

For each place setting, I have paired a muted green/olive napkin from Bed Bath and Table with bunny’s tails from the florist and wrapped them in the natural ribbon to keep the theme going. I love how soft this makes the table look.

I always love to add a candle to my table as it gives a nice soft feeling, and this Target tea light oil burner was perfect as I could also pop an oil in to create more of an atmosphere.

Shop the look:

Tablecloth: H&M Home (Target have similar)

Bowls: Country Road

Vase: H&M Home (Flax have similar)

Paper Decorations: H&M Home (Nordic Rooms have similar)

Napkins: Bed Bath & Table (khaki)

Cutlery: Laguiole by Jean Dubost

Bunny Tails: Florist (Magnolia Lane has dried bunny tails)

Oil Burner: Target

Claw bottle opener: The Block Shop

Glasses: IKEA

Look 2: Nordic Christmas Table

For the second look I wanted something fresh and bright. I’ve gone for a clean colour palette of white and grey with silver accents to bring in some fun. The inspiration for this was Nordic Christmas, (even though we can’t travel to the snow this year we can still have a white Christmas!).

I began with a plain white linen tablecloth from H&M, I then layered it with the branch from look one, to create a different look I swapped out the charcoal vase to draw your eye to the centre of the table and to add some contrast with all of the white.

I then added in the plates, cutlery and my stemless lace wine glasses from Empire Homewares. I kept everything quite simple and clean for this look, adding in a feature bowl and a grey Country Road napkin to contrast all of the white so it didn’t look too white.

For decor I have added a little bell to the napkin to give more of a Christmas feeling, I’ve decorated the tree with white stars, and placed my little village around the vase and lit the tea lights to soften it all.

Shop the look:

Tablecloth: H&M Home (Target have similar)

Plates: Maxwell Wiliams

Bowls: Provincial Home Living

Napkins: Country Road (Bed Bath & Table have similar)

Cutlery: Laguiole by Jean Dubost

Bells: Bed Bath and Table

Stars: Bed Bath and Table

Houses: Target

Vase: Flax

Glasses: Empire Homewares (Wheel & Barrow have similar)

Until next time! Xoxo – Lulu



About lulu
Lulu Cavanagh is a multi-hyphenate interior designer, stylist, photographer, graphic designer, writer, and owner of the design studio ‘The Aesthete Collective’. When she’s not lending her stylish eye to the who’s who of the design world, including Empire Homewares, Sheridan, Stylecraft and Bauwerk Colour, she’s perfecting a floral arrangement or going for a coast walk. After living abroad in the UK, interstate in Melbourne and Newcastle she is back in Perth for 2021 and working on some exciting projects with Smart Homes For Living. Lucky us!


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