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  • Equally as important as the living room, our dining rooms deserve special attention over the Christmas period. After all, one of the most important parts of Christmas day is the staging of that huge dinner that the majority of us can't move afterwards! If you want to dine in style this Christmas and wow your guests with an impressive table arrangement, then again concentrate on style - your style - and the end result will definitely look like you know what you're about with your interiors and your table dressing.
  • For example, don't go all out on red and green tartan because you think it's traditionally Christmas-y, if your dining-room is duck-egg and beige with a very retro-modern feel. Similarly, if you have a cosy traditional dining room in warm reds and gold, then the silver and black combo just won't cut it.
  • Be sympathetic to the style of your room and its decor and take your lead from that. When you dress the table consider practicality as well as aesthetics. Don't overcrowd the table with so many trimmings and accessories that you don't leave yourself enough 'working' space for dinner and the relevant crockery and cutlery that you'll need. Sometimes less is more.


Candles and fairy lights add festive glow and sparkle to this neutral colour scheme and complement the decor perfectly. The Christmas decorations add ambience to the decor rather than detracting from it.

Image sourced from HGTV

  • A center-piece is essential, but again think practically. Candles create a lovely ambient effect for any dining occasion but tall ones can hinder eye contact with other diners and naked flames are not ideal if you are passing things over the table. Think about using low level tea-lights or candles enclosed in lanterns or hurricane lamps. Coloured glass is always effective.

Check out our full Christmas Decor & Decorations board on Pinterest.

  • If you can cleverly and safely disguise a cable, fairy lights look great entwined amongst a center-piece, although battery operation sets are now available. If you have a glass topped table be ingenious and find a way of suspending the lights beneath the glass. In this instance, instead of using a tablecloth, use a sheer voile or organza over the top of the glass with co-ordinating placemats to protect against scratches, for a really stunning and clever effect!

Mosaic Tealight Holders

In two striking finishes, these mosaic themed bowl and tealight holder are idea for adding subtle and warming atmosphere with the flickering light of the flame giving the feeling of snug and cosy.

Silver Candle Bowl


Mulberry Tealight Holder

Tealights in Glass Jar Vanilla

These pretty and fragrant tea lights come in a lovely glass presentation jar. Each of the 24 tea lights burns for approximately eight hours and has a wonderful vanilla fragrance that will sweeten the atmosphere in any room.

Set of 12 Tealights Clear

These white scent free tealights are perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Each tealight has a diameter of 3.5cm, burns for approximately 9 hours and comes in a pack of 12.

Rustic Candle Green & Blue

This green pillar candle has a rustic finish and gives off an amazing fragrance of honeydew melon and burns for approximately 55 hours. This will look great in any room and is ideal for everyday use.

Green


Blue

Mottled Multi Layer Candle Plum

This pretty mottled plum pillar candle will bring a delicious fragrance of black cherries to your home. The rich layered wax in various shades of plum will not only smell amazing but look fantastic in any room.

Palm Wax Layer Candle Plum

This pretty plum pillar candle will bring the delicious fragrance of black cherry pie to your home. The rich layered wax in various shades of plum will not only smell amazing but look fantastic in any room.

  • Add the personal touch. Personalised place settings or napkin holders show a lot of thought and consideration has gone in to the dressing of your table and home-made ones add an even more personal touch. You don't have to be ultra creative or arty, keep it simple for best effect. Something like a pine-cone spray painted in silver or gold (or an unusual colour to match your colour scheme with a little 'touch' of glittery bling to add that magical sparkle) with a hand written name tag is sufficient. The tag can also be used for a greeting, a motto, a joke or the name of a film or book for table charades - always a good ice-breaker at dinner. You'll find lots of how to blogs online for all sorts of craft related projects like this.

Images sourced from FiftiesWedding, custompaperworks, HGTV and thedesignfile.

  • Crisp table linen is a must (except on your glass table if you're using lights underneath of course). Press your cloth and napkins before you use them so that you can't see the creases where they've been folded, for a really professional finish. Table runners are a great way to add colour and texture. Most people us a single one down the length of the table, but try using two or three across the table in parallel lines for an extra stylish look. Co-ordinate with matching napkins in your wine glasses and protect your table linen with coasters and placemats - colour co-ordinated of course.
  • You can make your own table linen from cotton or damask weight fabrics, but make sure they are washable and pre-wash the fabric before hemming to finished size to avoid shrinkage afterwards.

Take a look at our great range of quality table cloths, runners and napkins, to help you get the stylish look you want for your dining table this year.

Colour co-ordinated table linen

Purple Purple teams well with gold or silver...

On-Trend Purple Table Linen & Accessories

Purple teams well with gold or silver for a glamorous Christmas dining table. Use a neutral cloth with touches of purple accessories such as tinted glassware or napkin rings, or use a luxury deep purple cloth or runner and add touches of gold and silver to bright white crockery.

Hem Stitch Table Cloth 52" x 70" Plum

The woven-effect stripes running along the length of the table cloth gives this high quality table cloth chic style. Evoking a memory of juicy plums and delicious damsons, Hem Stitch Plum has a classical hem stitch open-work drawn thread pattern running around the edges, lifting Hem Stitch Plum from plain to chic and very stylish.

Hem Stitch Table Runner Plum

This deep plum purple table runner adds chic elegance and styling to your dining table. Hem Stitch Plum table runner has an open-work hem stitch pattern running parallel down each side giving this affordable table runner a touch of class and sophistication.

Zurich Tablecloth Aubergine

The Zurich Aubergine square table cloth has a classic leaf design which is self coloured and stands out from the background colour which also enhances the pattern. This lovely table cloth is made from 100%.

Windsor Rose Placemats & Coasters Purple

This lovely design consists of a huge rose flower head in the main colour way of aubergine and black going lighter in the centre to create a contemporary design.

Placemats


Coasters

Begonia Placemats & Coasters Purple

Bring a touch of calm tranquillity to your dining table with this stylish design of intricate begonia flowers in pale lilac on a neutral cream background, surrounded by a variety of illustrated leaves in soft grey.

Placemats


Coasters

Palm Wax Layer Candles Plum

This pretty plum pillar candle will bring the delicious fragrance of black cherry pie to your home. The rich layered wax in various shades of plum will not only smell amazing but look fantastic in any room.

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Traditional Red Red and gold is always a sure fire winner...

Traditional Red Table Linen & Accessories

Red and gold is always a sure fire winner for the Christmas table. Rich, warm red contrasted against bright shiny golds, or duller, more antique guilt shades is a match made in heaven and hard to get wrong.

Hem Stitch Table Cloth 52" x 70" Red

The ideal colour to stimulate appetite Hem Stitch Red table cloth offers an affordable way to bring a new look to your table and eating area. Made from durable 100% polyester, Hem Stitch Red has a stripe effect running along the length of the fabric to give this beautiful table cloth chic style.

Hem Stitch Table Runner Red

This durable polyester table runner has a beautiful hem stitch open-work pattern running along each side allowing the colour of your table cloth to peek through. The rich, earthy red of Hem Stitch Red table runner is ideal for co-ordinating with white, cream or black table cloths.

Wexford Tablecloth Red

The Wexford red table cloth is a lovely textured fabric cloth made from 100% Polyester. This table cloth range can be used on a special occasion or for everyday dining and is available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes.

Sorrento Table Runner Red

The Sorrento Red table runner is perfect for adding a touch of class and style to your table. With a faux silk appearance and a diamond pin tuck design this table runner will add rich texture and a touch of glamour to your dining table for special occasions or just to add some colour to your home this table runner is perfect.

Zurich Tablecloth Poppy

The Zurich Poppy square table cloth has a classic leaf design which is self coloured and stands out from the background colour which also enhances the pattern. This lovely table cloth is made from 100% Polyester.

Red Flower Placemats & Coasters

Red Flower Placemats have a lovely artistic flower, with beige leaves and stamp marks making-up a lovely illustration for this design.

Placemats

Modern Blacks

Black and white is a classic combination

Black, White & Silver Table Linen/Accessories

Black and white is a classic combination at any time of year, so donít overlook or dismiss it at Christmas. The addition of silver to black and white and a subtle touch of glitter to provide Christmas sparkle, can create a stunning and often very modernistic style. So, if your home is modern with lots of black and white, then carry the theme through on to your Christmas dining table. The end result will be both impressive and dramatic.

Hem Stitch Table Cloth 52" x 70" Black

Made from 100% polyester Hem Stitch Black table cloth lives up to its name by having a beautiful small square open-work thread drawn pattern running around the edge of the table cloth. The dramatic intensity of black offers a contemporary styled table cloth to suit modern and contemporary dining and eating areas beautifully.

Hem Stitch Table Runner Black

Table runners are a great way to bring a new look to your dining table. Hem Stitch Black table runner offers the ideal table runner colour to contrast with crisp white table linen or co-ordinating hem stitched table cloths in cream, red or plum.

Wexford Tablecloth Black

The Wexford Black table cloth is a lovely textured fabric cloth made from 100% Polyester. This table cloth range can be used on a special occasion or for everyday dining and is available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes.

Sorrento Table Runner Black

The Sorrento Black table runner is perfect for adding a touch of class and style to your table. With a faux silk appearance and a diamond pin tuck design this table runner will add rich texture and a touch of glamour to your dining table for special occasions or just to add some colour to your home this table runner is perfect.

Zurich Tablecloth Black

The Zurich Black table cloth has a classic leaf design which is self coloured and stands out from the background colour which also enhances the pattern. This lovely table cloth is made from 100% Polyester. This handy range can be used on a special occasion or for everyday dining and is available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes.

Whites & Neutrals Synonymous with frost and snow...

Whites & Neutral Table Linen & Accessories

Synonymous with frost and snow, winter white is omnipresent throughout the Christmas period. Crisp white table linen, plain white crockery, clear glass and crystal, all go together in perfect harmony. Keep the theme cool and frosty with a little touch of silver, warm it with a little candlelight and a touch of gold, or complement it with neutral stone or grey-beige tones. White is good for small/dark areas as it maximises limited light sources.

Wexford Tablecloth White

The Wexford white table cloth is a lovely textured fabric cloth made from 100% Polyester. This table cloth range can be used on a special occasion or for everyday dining and is available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes.

Havana Table Runner Natural

The Havana Natural table runner is perfect for adding colour and texture to your dining table and is great for any time of the year. This table runner range is made from 100% Polyester and is also waterproof and stains proof which makes it ideal for everyday use in a busy family home.

Sorrento Table Runner Taupe

The Sorrento Taupe table runner is perfect for adding a touch of class and style to your table. With a faux silk appearance and a diamond pin tuck design this table runner will add rich texture and a touch of glamour to your dining table for special occasions or just to add some colour to your home this table runner is perfect.

Zurich Tablecloth White

The Zurich White table cloth has a classic leaf design which is self coloured and stands out from the background colour which also enhances the pattern. This lovely table cloth is made from 100% Polyester.

Chatsworth Placemats & Coasters

The Chatsworth design consists of an illustrated fork, knife and spoon on a scroll and swirl writing background all in neutral tones of beige. These placemats are great for protecting your furniture from hot plates.

Placemats


Coasters
Traditional Gold & Cream Opulence is a key look for the autumn winter season...

Traditional Gold Table Linen & Accessories

Opulence is a key look for the autumn winter season and what colour could we possibly associate more with opulence than gold. Historically the colour of the rich and wealthy, gold glisters, glitters and warms any colour scheme. Stick to golds and creams or experiment by mixing with other metallics such as silver, bronze or pewter.

Hem Stitch Table Cloth 52" x 70" Cream

This durable 100% polyester table cloth will suit all dining room colour schemes and dining room suites beautifully. The neutral creamy colour is enhanced with a subtle inter-woven stripe effect, while the hem stitch open-work detailing adds just enough pattern to give Hem Stitch Cream an opulent, luxury look.

Hem Stitch Table Runner Cream

This classy table runner, in mid-tone clotted cream colour-way, oozes chic styling and is the ideal partner for using with white table cloths. For a more festive feel to your dining room Hem Stitch Cream table runner co-ordinates beautifully with Hem Stitch Red table cloth.

Sorrento Table Runner Cream

The Sorrento Cream table runner is perfect for adding a touch of class and style to your table. With a faux silk appearance and a diamond pin tuck design this table runner will add rich texture and a touch of glamour to your dining table for special occasions or just to add some colour to your home this table runner is perfect.

Zurich Tablecloth Cream

The Zurich Cream table cloth has a classic leaf design which is self coloured and stands out from the background colour which also enhances the pattern. This lovely table cloth is made from 100% Polyester.

Le Vin Placemats & Coasters Multi

This is a classic style illustrated image of five wine glasses and a bottle opener with a French theme perfect for most homes.

Placemats


Coasters
Festive Greens Green makes a great neutral base...

Festive Green Table Linen & Accessories

Green makes a great neutral base to add white, red or gold to. Traditionally associated with sprigs of spruce, pine and holly, at this time of year, it works well with berry reds, warm browns and snow whites, to bring a fresh touch of the outdoors in.

Wexford Tablecloth Olive

The Wexford olive table cloth is a lovely textured fabric cloth made from 100% Polyester. This table cloth range can be used on a special occasion or for everyday dining and is available in a range of colours, shapes and sizes.

Havana Table Runner Lime

The Havana Lime table runner is perfect for adding colour and texture to your dining table and is great for any time of the year. This table runner range is made from 100% Polyester and is also waterproof and stains proof which makes it ideal for everyday use in a busy family home.

Zurich Tablecloth Olive

The Zurich Olive table cloth has a classic leaf design which is self coloured and stands out from the background colour which also enhances the pattern. This lovely table cloth is made from 100% Polyester.

Rustic Candle Green

This green pillar candle has a rustic finish and gives off an amazing fragrance of honeydew melon and burns for approximately 55 hours. This will look great in any room and is ideal for everyday use.

Christmas Table Linen Christmas themed table linen...

Poinsettia Table Linen Cream/Red

This is a beautifully inspired Poinsettia table runner available in a striking red and cream colour palette. The polyester silk design features pretty embroidered poinsettia flowers in the centre of the runner with a stunning red poinsettia cut out border.

Scroll Poinsettia Table Linen Red

Decorate your table with this fantastic Scroll Poinsettia table linen. The delicate scroll work pattern features beautiful poinsettia flowers and stencil effect detailing in red. This popular collection includes a stylish table centre and table runner available separately.

Cut Out Poinsettia Table Linen White/Silver

Luxurious and elegant this cut out Poinsettia table linen will add the finishing touch to your table. This white design features delicate Poinsettia flowers with intricate silver metallic thread detailing. The range includes table cloths, table topper, table runner and table napkins in white and silver.

Cut Out Poinsettia Table Linen Cream/Gold

Luxurious and elegant this cut out Poinsettia table linen will add the finishing touch to your dining table. This cream design features delicate Poinsettia flowers with intricate gold metallic thread detailing. The range includes table cloths, table topper, table runner and table napkins in cream and gold.

Cut out Poinsettia Table Cloth 52x70 White/Silver

This lovely table cloth would be perfect for your christmas dinner table and add a touch of class to your room. The edges have been shaped and cut out into a pretty floral pattern and embroidered with silver to add to that christmas feel.

Cut Out Poinsettia Table Cloth 52x70 Cream/Gold

This lovely table cloth would be perfect for your christmas dinner table and add a touch of class to your room. The edges have been shaped and cut out into a pretty floral pattern and embroidered with gold to add to that christmas feel.

Embossed Table Protector

Our Embossed Table Protector fabric has been specifically designed to help protect your table's surface when dining from hot and sharp items. The top of the Embossed Table Protector has a durable PVC finish, while the backing has a soft felt layer to protect your table from accidental scratches from sharp objects.

  • If you want your guests to linger at the table and not to get up and leave as soon as they've eaten, then consider how comfortable your seating is. If you have hard chairs then consider some colour co-ordinated scatter cushions for added style and comfort. Cushions can also create cosy, themed, comfort for a Christmas living room that your guests can sink in to when they have retired from the table, full of their Christmas fare.

Festive Cushions

Available in warm shades of traditional red and gold, modern & stylish slate grey, an on-trend hot fuchsia pink, sequins, felt and knitted textures, our extensive range of Christmas cushions has something for everyoneís tastes and decor, for young and old alike and for the traditionalists and the minimalists out there.

See our full range of Christmas and everyday cushions to add some comfort and luxury to your home this Christmas

Sequined Christmas Tree Square Cushion Gold

Christmas is the perfect time of year to introduce some glitz and sparkle into your home, our new cushion range can help you vamp up your sofas in preparation for the important day.

Sequined Christmas Tree Square Cushion Red

Most of us spend lots of time getting things ready for Christmas, buying presents, buying food, and donít forget putting up the tree and decorating the house. This year we have a range of stunning Christmas items available to help with making your home look the part.

Sequined Christmas Tree Square Cushion Silver

Add some sparkling Christmas cheer into your home with our range of Christmas themed cushion covers. The Sequinned Christmas tree cushion cover in silver is sure to brighten up and sofa or chair in your home along with adding some festive cheer which you will love.

Sequined Reindeer Square Cushion Gold

Add beautiful Christmas fun into your home today with the sequined reindeer cushion in gold, sure to add rich festive detail to your soft furnishings which you and all the family will love.

Valantine Filled Cushion Grey

Valantine grey is a lovely heart themed cushion which features a large retro style Nordic heart in the centre.

Sequined Snowflake Square Cushion Gold

Add shimmering festive colour and design to your home today with the sequined snowflake cushion in gold.

Wonderland Filled Boudoir Cushion Cream

This beautiful cushion cover really is the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas display, featuring a pair of red reindeer around a red Christmas tree on a pale cream background the wonderland Christmas cushion is the perfect traditional piece for any sofa or chair in your home.

Wonderland Filled Boudoir Cushion Red

Make a festive statement in your home this Christmas with the Wonderland Filled boudoir cushion in red.

Reindeer Filled Square Cushion Grey

Introduce contemporary colour and whimsical pattern to your soft furnishings this Christmas with the Reindeer filled cushion in this soft shade of grey.

Snowflake Filled Square Cushion Red

The Snowflake square cushion cover features a traditional red perfect for Christmas and creating that warm family environment which is so important at that time of year.

Sequined Noel Boudoir Cushion Red

In a classic shade of sparkling red the Noel cushion cover is a perfect partner for Christmas time and will introduce a feeling of festive tidings to your room which you will love.

Sequined Peace Boudoir Cushion Gold

Add shimmering gold detail and texture to your home today with the sequined peace cushion perfect for the festive period.

Sequined Joy Boudoir Cushion Silver

Add shimmering silver tones to your home this Christmas with the pretty sequinned joy boudoir cushion. The glittering sequins which make up the cushions main focus are just perfect for embracing Christmas in your home.

Wonderland Filled Square Cushion Red

Add rich festive tones to your home and soft furnishings this Christmas time with the pretty Wonderland cushion cover in red.

  • Chair wraps can soften the look too and provide a far more sumptuous, comfortable inviting feel. These can be as simple as a length of voile, organza or soft velvet chenille wrapped around the back of the chair, then tied and allowed to fall naturally into a soft tail or bow.

Imagery sourced from HGTV.

Check out our full Christmas Decor & Decorations board on Pinterest.

Chair Wraps How to make a simple Chair Wrap...

Have a go at making your own simple but impressive chair wraps with tassel detail, similar to the red one in the illustration above. Hereís a quick tutorial on how to do it and a selection of suitable weight fabrics and co-ordinating tassels to help get you on the way to being a little creative this Christmas. The simplicity of this wrap makes it easily adapted to other special occasions throughout the year as well.

You will need:

  • 2.5 meters of 54Ē to 60Ē wide - velvet, soft chenille, voile or organza. (each 2.5 meter length will make two chair wraps)
  • Floristís Wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • 1 or 2 co-ordinating or contrasting Tassels per chair
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine and thread to match your fabrics

Instructions:

  1. Fold your chosen fabric in half, right sides together, down the 2.5mtr length so that the selvedges are together. Smooth out any creases or wrinkles, pin at intervals so that the fabric doesnít slip and cut down the fold to create two pieces each approximately 27" to 30" wide by 2.5 meters in length.
  2. Hem each length of fabric all round, by turning a half inch hem on all edges and sew flat with a straight or zig-zag stitch. (fusion or webbing tapes are not advisable on velvets or organza)
  3. Wrap the fabric around the front of the chair and bring together at the back of the chair in the center. Either level each end of the wrap so that you create two tails of the same length or, deliberately off-set them to create a staggered effect.
  4. Secure the fabric by wrapping tightly with a length of florist's wire. Leave a small amount of excess wire showing.
  5. For the finishing touch, add one or two key tassels and secure with the wire trails. Now trim off most of the excess wire and tuck the ends inside the fabric to hide them and prevent contact with the chair or any clothing. For a variation, you could tie the wrap with a co-ordinating, wired, Christmas ribbon, a garland of pine cones, a few baubles, or add a bit of glitz with ornamental brooches or large diamante buttons.

Ideal fabrics for chair wraps

Reds

Organza Fabric Passion Velvet Rouge Silky Flame Silky Holly Moulin Lipstick Luxe Flame

Golds

   
Silky Gold Luxe Cashew Organza Gold Diamonte Cream    

Silver, White & Cream

Organza Silver Luxe Mercury Silky Silver Diamonte White Passion Arctic Organza White

Blacks

 
Luxe Onyx Organza Black Silky Onyx Passion Ebony Diamonte Black  

On-Trend Purples

   
Organza Voilet Passion Purple Passion Grape Diamonte Cherry    

Tassels for the finishing touch

Key tassels are also a great addition to your Christmas tree or mantle garland, and make quick and easy napkin rings too.

Metallic Key Tassel Silver Metallic Key Tassel Gold Metallic Key Tassel Silver/Gold Antique Rope Tassel Gold Antique Rope Tassel Ivory/Gold Bead Key Tassel Lilac
 
     
Bead Key Tassel White Bead Key Tassel Clear Earle Tassel Aubergine      

So, whether youíre aiming for a look thatís glamorous, natural, minimal or traditional, make sure that your Christmas table decorations integrate and blend harmoniously, with your roomís decor. Remember donít strive for absolute perfection, aim for stylish, inviting and practical instead.

More importantly than anything, nothing makes Christmas dinner more memorable than the people sitting round the table with you!



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