Frog Prince Presents... Our guide to the perfect Christmas table
Posted on October 30 2020,
We asked our Creative Director, Sharon, to reveal some of her top Christmas table setting tips that will leave a lasting impression on your guests! We teamed up with The Sunday World magazine for this gorgeous Christmas shoot in Farrier and Draper, beautifully captured by Frank McGrath.
“Creating a magical Christmas setting is all about layering and personalising”, explains Sharon. Making each guest feel like a little bit of thought was put into them being at the dinner is such a lovely touch. Simple details, such as having your guest’s name beautifully handwritten on a place card waiting for them at the table, or wrapping a floral sprig with dried foliage gives guests something to take home with them at the end of the evening. “I have used gorgeous leftover Christmas gift tags with a little bit of scarlet ribbon or rustic twine and tied them to a little bit of foliage at the place setting! The little details really make such a difference. Look to your local park or even your back garden for gorgeous winter foliage that you can incorporate into the tablescape.”
Lighting can totally change the mood of a room. Adding different height candles can create such a gorgeous ambience and add a touch of instant magic to the tablescape. The candles add a warm amber glow to the room that makes the dinner feel intimate. T – light votives, different sized pillar candles and thin taper candles are always a good choice. “I don’t believe that less is more when it comes to Christmas Decor. However, I think it works much better when you use more of the same items – as opposed to 20 different types of accessories on the table”, adds Sharon.
Festive season always calls for a touch of sparkle- glitter tablecloths, table runners, anything goes. “If glitter isn’t your thing, choosing coloured plates as a base plate to set the napkin or your starter plate on (I love to use a rich gold colour glass plate). It’s a great way to add some sparkle if you prefer a classic linen for your Christmas table”. Or why not invest in a bottle of silver or gold spray paint and dye some pine cones, it is so simple and adds the perfect Christmassy finish to any tablescape. A lovely way to enhance the look for a table is to use linen napkins and to fold them in a gorgeous way on the table. “I have learned many ways over the years but YouTube can be a fantastic place to look for new napkin folding ideas! It’s something so simple, but can add to the overall look of the table. ”
A key element when considering your Christmas table is sticking to two or three colours. “Less is definitely more when it comes to colour palette. I love the combination of mixed metallics – gold, rose gold and silver. I personally will be opting for this stunning palette for my Christmas table this year”.
Mixed metallics look so beautiful against an exposed wooden table or an elegant champagne linen; It is a unique take on the traditional Christmas table setting. “Mixed metallic decor with pops jewel colours and glitter against a table filled with candlelight adds a touch of glamour to my Christmas celebration!”
We hope these tips will help you recreate an enchanting tablescape for Christmas! A huge thank you to Denise Smith and all of the team at the Sunday World Magazine. Wishing you a magical Christmas from all of the team at Frog Prince X