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Christmas decorations: Tablescape tips – 'start with the table cloth' for a perfect table


Creating a stunning tablescape will elevate your Christmas dinner to something remarkble. Louise Roe, a style and interiors icon with over half a million Instagram followers, dicussed how she will make her Christmas dinner table special with decorations.

She advised Britons to “start with the tablecloth” and “build a theme” for a Christmas dinner table to remember.

The interiors style influencer, who is an eBay Home Interiors Partner, said: “I absolutely love hosting friends and family over the festive period and my favourite part has to be decorating the table.

“It’s central to the whole dining experience and provides a great opportunity for me to try out new interior themes and play around with textures and colours.”

Louise created a 50 Shades of Green table with an apricot cotton linen and Green Glass Tilbury candle holders, to give the table setting an elegant yet modern look.

She had the initials of her guests engraved into the wine glasses, next to green recycled glass water glasses.

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Louise’s Woodland Forest tablescape incorporates cosy woodland elements, using lots of natural materials and textures. To create a rustic feel, Louise accessorised with a burlap table runner and delicate amber glass pinecones.

For the centrepiece, Louise has personalised a large Family Tree log, getting the names of the entire family engraved to create a bespoke focal point. Together with these more natural tones of brown and amber, Louise has added some bright and more festive reds with candlesticks and a couple red chilli plants.

Lastly, for her A Night in Paris table, Louise incorporated pastel pinks with rosy reds and lovely floral patterns, to bring a sense of French romance to the table.

She chose personalised napkins, embroidered with her guests initials to add a special touch and help with the seating plan.

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To decorate the table, Louise has had wooden Christmas eve boxes engraved with her guest’s names.

Finally, to really give this tablescape a romantic Parisian feel, for her glassware Louise has chosen some red Villeroy and Boch Highball tumblers and vintage pink wine glasses.

Christmas tablescaping tips

1. Use one item to kick-start an idea – whether that’s an old candlestick, some bright wine glasses, or even a vintage gravy boat. It’s a great way to build a theme.

2. Think about the table in layers – I like to start with the tablecloth, then add the plates and glasses, and finally the flowers.

3. Get personal – Custom, bespoke pieces on a tabletop really make a meal extra special.

Having a family member’s name engraved, or a special phrase or message, is such a beautiful touch when hosting.

4. Think outside the box – don’t just shop in the tabletop section, but decorations and toys work too.

I stole a few of my daughter’s wooden Nutcracker soldiers to add to each place setting last Christmas.

Baubles dotted around the centre of the table look fabulous too.

5. Don’t hide the napkins – Be creative with how you show them off – fold them on top of the plate, inside the glass, or tie a little ribbon around them – that’s my favourite look.

6. Keep vases low – It’s important guests can see each other across the table, so cut flowers shorter.

It actually looks best having colour lower to the table. I love a mix of jam jars and little coloured vases.

7. Make it seasonal, but with a twist – I love using colours from the time of year, but not making it too predictable. For example, one festive tabletop is a mix of tonal greens.

8. I’m a maximalist, so more is more – You really can’t go wrong, just have fun.

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