So we need to talk about trends. What look should our tables be rocking this Christmas? We've spoken to Talking Tables, true experts in this sphere, and got the inspiration we need to make our tables rock those Christmas vibes this year! We'll be showcasing some of their best looks over the next few days in a new three part series to help you get the look this festive season! And as an added bonus we've spoken to them to get their take on these trends and how you can easily get them.
Try adding a surprise element by topping your Christmas pud with a flaming ice fountain. A smoke-free, non toxic indoor firework, ice fountains can be placed in the Christmas pudding, on cakes or even in the stilton. Guaranteed to light instantly, unlike that spoonful of brandy, the fizzing, sparkling fountains provide an alcohol-free alternative to the traditional Christmas meal finale.
Nowadays, most of us have one set of plain white china and simple glassware which we bring out for every meal, so mixing and matching real crockery with paper tableware and decorations is key to creating a festive Christmas table without breaking the bank. Take a look at what you have and decide what you love before settling on a theme. A rustic wooden serving platter, for example, makes a great foundation for a Scandi scheme, which is a perennial festive favourite thanks to its nostalgic, homely feel. Light, bright and cosy, it’s a relaxed, informal style which is perfect for the modern family home. Classic Christmas colours mean you can mix and match your table decorations, incorporating touches of greens and browns along with the usual red and white. Think rustic textures, pops of bright colour and folksy, natural materials. Chevron stripes, snowflake motifs, felt pom pom garlands and typography look great paired with hessian table runners and fresh ivy, pine cones and berries from the garden. Candlelight is key to the Scandi aesthetic, but real candles can be nerve-racking and are best avoided on family tables. Use battery operated table lights instead to add some safe sparkle.
If your kitchen or dining room is painted an on-trend grey, consider mixing metallics for a dramatic, contemporary table that fits well within your room scheme. Mixing metallics is a huge interiors trend which has found its way onto the Christmas tree and table. Until fairly recently, gold was the traditionalist’s choice, whereas silver and white were the contemporary option. This season, mixing gold and silver with dashes of bronze and copper is a glamourous way to introduce shine and sparkle but feels less formal than all-out gold or silver. It’s an easy look to achieve as most of us won’t have to start from scratch. Continue the theme with spray-painted foliage or glitter-dipped pears. Top with sparklers or ice fountains for a gorgeous, glittering centre-piece. Perhaps the biggest trend this year – quite literally – is for paper honeycomb decorations of all shapes, sizes and colours. White honeycombs can be scattered across the table like snowballs, while giant, bauble-shaped versions look incredibly dramatic suspended from the ceiling, either singly or in groupings of three. Popped up and folded away flat in seconds, they can be used for parties throughout the year and take up next to no space, unlike their traditional glass counterparts.