Festive dinner parties are the best way to celebrate this magical time of year and bring together family and friends. There are a few key essentials needed for every dinner party (excluding the obvious ones like food and guests) and we want to help you make it a night to remember by outlining some creative ideas you can adopt.
The thing that really makes an evening special is the personal touches. And if you take your dinner parties as seriously as we do then centrepieces are a must, topped off with consistent colour schemes and table decorations. If this all sounds a bit daunting, don’t worry, we are here to help.
Colour schemes can come in a variety of options from the bright and colourful to the muted and classic. A consistent colour theme will help to create a sense of continuity that flows across the room and onto the table. One particular scheme that will always be truly wonderful Christmas classic is white and silver. White is such a clean, crisp colour, which adds a sense of elegance and a ‘white Christmas’ feel, and silver adds a pop of shine and sparkle to brighten and enhance. These colours paired together provide a clean and contemporary look for any dinner table.
If you are feeling brave, try dressing your room with a decadent teal and gold. This is a lavish colour scheme for the season that puts a different spin on the traditional red and gold choice.
A centrepiece on the table creates a focal point in the room to draw people’s eye to the beautiful table that you have laid out with your best crockery. Centrepieces can be made from foliage, such as holly and ivy, to bring in a fresh aspect with a festive theme. Another option is to combine a floral centrepiece with a candle which creates a warm glow on a dark Christmas evening and assists with mood lighting for the event.
Alternatively, you can fill a glass bowl or vase with colour matching Christmas baubles and/or fairy lights. Add some holly or ivy to the edge of the glassware and you have yourself another beautiful focus that is unique to Christmas.
As well as a stunning centrepiece, there are the basics to consider that will decorate and complete the overall look of the table. These may include a Christmas table runner, themed placemats, crackers, festive or material napkins, candles, glasses, your cleanest crockery and your shiniest cutlery.
Place cards aren’t essential but are a nice additional touch. They especially add personality to a table if decorated or tailored according to the person it is assigned to. Alternatively, you can use a more contemporary design which follows the chosen colour scheme. There are hundreds of beautiful designs and ideas online to take inspiration from for your festive place cards this Christmas.
These are all delicate touches that bring together and complete the aesthetics of the table.
In our stores, we have beautiful plates and glasses that would compliment a white and silver theme. We also have many items in teal and gold as well as many other special little touches for any table. Pop into your local store or visit our website for more products and ideas.