The art of festive ‘tablescaping’, by Claridge’s
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Halls are decked, trees are dressed and holly-woven wreaths hang on front doors across the country. But indoors, the dining table remains the centrepiece of Christmas Day. It’s here that glasses are raised in a toast to the season, and loved ones gather to pull crackers and seek out the lucky sixpence in the Christmas pudding. Whether it’s with flowers and foliage or the gentle glow of candlelight, tablescaping helps to set a beautifully festive scene.
Laying out a style

Settle on a style and palette that will carry across every element of your Christmas table and complement the menu. A simple, yet elegant design suits most settings, with deep navy or pops of rich colour for warmth in winter. Start simply with matching tablecloths and napkins, or contrast patterned linens with plain crockery.

Christmas candlelight

From elegant tapers to vintage votives, candlelight never fails to create a timeless mood. Vary the size and height of your candles along the table: tall, dramatic pillar candles draw the eye upwards, while twinkling tealights reflect beautifully off glassware.

Flowers and foliage

Beautifully arranged flowers by Mayfair’s McQueens have long captured the best of the season at Claridge’s. At Christmas, they turn to velvety roses, ranunculi and anemones to create a wintry wonderland inside the hotel. “Best displayed in bud vases, these blooms create an elegant floral table runner. Or introduce a little drama to the Christmas table with a large vase of single-colour, statement florals. A mass of hellebores or amaryllis are ideal.”
Be sure to look beyond size and shade, however. Fragrance of fir and eucalyptus echo winter forest walks, while scattered cinnamon sticks and dried citrus add warmth to yuletide tables.

Festive foraging

With frosty woodland walks on the horizon, December is a time to bring the outdoors in. Pick seasonal fruits, berry branches and mistletoe to pile on cake stands, or around the base of candlesticks, creating colourful, scented centrepieces.

The new old fashioned way

While there’s a time and place for perfectly paired tableware, mixing and matching china and serving platters introduces a nostalgic look. Vintage books make charming place settings, with menu cards as bookmarks, while oyster shells painted gold offer a creative, Christmassy spin on salt and pepper pots. At Claridge’s, our concierges recommend Sunbury Antiques Market to guests looking for vintage inspiration – with an early start. Of course, some traditions never go out of style. To rekindle fond memories of Christmas at Claridge’s, signature monochrome chevron crackers are filled with keepsakes and timeless tales from the hotel.