Earlier this week, I shared some ideas on an informal Christmas table. Today we are going to look at a more formal table setting. As mentioned in this post, I like to break away from the traditional reds for Christmas, and this formal table is no different.
How to set a formal table for Christmas
I once again chose a neutral colour scheme for the formal table setting, with greenery and a touch of pink. Take out the underplates, fancy glasses and dinnerware if you have them. This table setting is ideal for a multi-course Christmas dinner!
- Start out with a white or plain table cloth.
- Add a runner or if you don’t have one to suit your colour scheme, use a scarf as I did. The scarf I used is my favourite, and I love the little bit of pink it adds to the table.
- Then you can add some candles and greenery to your table. Use candles of varying heights and widths for visual interest. For greenery, you can use faux mini Christmas trees or fir branches or clippings from your garden. Just remember not to make the centrepiece too tall, your guests should be able to see each other.
- Next, add placemats and underplates. I love using these crazy weave placemats with underplates to add texture.
- Dinnerware and cloth napkins are next. Wrap the napkin around the dinner plate before adding a salad plate and soup bowl on top.
- Finish the table off with glassware and cutlery. Add more than one glass per person and remember to include all cutlery necessary for your meal.
Then you can light the candles and watch the table come to life at night.
It always amazes me what you can achieve with items you already have in your home. You do not have to spend a lot of money on setting an elegant formal Christmas table. For more inspiration, look at my Al Fresco table setting from last year.
What is your favourite way to spend Christmas day? I would love to hear your traditions in the comments below!