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6 festive tablescape ideas

WordsMegan Lambert

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Without question, one of the best things about Christmas is getting your friends, family, and loved ones around the dining table to eat, drink, and be merry. What’s on the menu is a massive part of Christmas celebrations, but there’s more to it than simply what we eat. For a meal to remember, why not transform your dining table into a feast for the eyes with these 6 festive tablescape ideas.

Festive tablescape idea: foraged foliage 

Decorating your Christmas table with foraged foliage is a triple threat. It’s free, it gets you outside, and it looks great. We’ve talked a lot about how bringing the outdoors in is one of the biggest 2022 interior trends and this is yet another way of using nature to decorate our homes. In the UK, you’ll find lots of holly and conifers, like pine or pine cones, yew, and cedar trees to use to create your foraged tablescape. 

For a minimalist style, keep things all green with a few white pillar candles or if you want to go full-festive, pile on the pine cones, dried oranges, and cranberries for a traditional look or try your hand at making a festive wreath.

Gorgeous foraged tablescape via Unsplash

We love this tablescape idea via Unsplash

Festive tablescape idea: make it scented 

We know that dining is a sensory experience. We eat as much with our eyes and noses as we do with our mouths. Crisp white table cloths and heavy silverware will (apparently) make a meal taste better. But it’s about setting the scent as much as it’s about setting the scene. 

Whilst you want to stick to non-scented candles at your dining table (heavily perfumed candles could overpower the food and confuse the palette), a subtle whiff of Christmas as your guests sit down will get them in the mood for a full-on festive feast. 

If you’ve gone foraging for your foliage, pine has a distinct and festive aroma, whilst oranges or clementines stuffed with cloves, rosemary sprigs, and cinnamon sticks all look and smell like Christmas come early.

Cinnamon sticks, clementine and pine cones for Christmas via Unsplash

A dining table with fresh eucalyptus as table scape

Festive tablescape idea: make it edible 

To complete the sensory festivities, why not make your tablescape edible too? No need to worry if you’re running late with the main if your guests can tuck into the table. Find your balance between fun and stylish. 

From chocolates and candy canes to scattered nuts, clementines and cranberries​​—whilst gingerbread or candy canes are an adorable alternative to place settings. If you want to go all out, you could even include a gingerbread house. 

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