Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Simple tips on how to pull together the perfect last minute Christmas party setting at home.

For some, it may seem quite daunting having to host a last minute Christmas lunch or dinner in your own home – after all, it's not just fun festive beverages and amazing food you have to consider, there’s also the ever-important festive table styling. The “table look” is your guests first impression and sets the tone for the whole day/night…… so we have a few simple and easy to remember table styling tips to impress your guests, without the stress and the fuss that comes with it.

Tip #1 – Utilise your surroundings

Try to play up elements that are already in your home – for example, if your dining table is timber / rustic, bring rustic elements into the setting such as pine cones or timber candle holders.

Tip #2 – Centrepiece rules

Usually, Christmas feasts are all about sharing, where the hero of your table is the food. So don’t make your centrepiece too large or extravagant; either make sure you leave plenty of room for platters, or incorporate table risers to sit your platters above your styling. Simple elements such as loose leaf pine, candles and scattered coloured baubles will be enough to add that simple yet effective wow factor to your table without affecting space required for the festive feast.

Tip #3 – Go fresh if you can

There is nothing better than the smell of fresh pine at Christmas time, so use it if you can – a hot tip – fresh pine sprigs are always available from your local flower market this time of year and it is not expensive, so do yourself a favour and buy a few stems to incorporate into your centrepiece look; the smell will heighten that “festive” sense for guests before the food is even served.