Wednesday, 24 December 2014

How to prepare your dining room for Christmas

The dining room takes centre stage on Christmas Day, so don’t miss an opportunity to make it stand out and impress your guests. There are a number of simple ways to achieve a winter wonderland in your own home, so read on for some tips and ideas to get your inspiration going:

Creative place names
Pay attention to detail and think of an original way to display place names, like a candy cane or a bauble with a tag attached – or even a hand baked cookie placed on each plate with a personalised decoration.

You simply can’t go wrong with choosing red as your colour scheme. It’s undoubtedly festive and brings warmth and richness to any room. Stick to red candles, napkins and glassware for an easy theme that takes little time but always looks effective.

Warmth and texture
Take inspiration from the Scandinavians by introducing some fur. It could be a rug on the floor, or placed over the back of some chairs, but reindeer skin paired with simple rustic wood or a white-based dining room will create a really wintery, seasonal appeal.

Another way to channel the ‘Scandi’ style is to hang a candelabra over your dining table. A full on Christmas tree could be bit much in the dining room but a candelabra filled with fresh pine will add colour and a lovely scent to the room in much the same way - and can be decorated with hanging baubles or tinsel.

Cover all the senses
Cinnamon sticks tied with festive ribbon scattered over the table not only looks decorative and original, but they also fill the air with a sweet smell that we all associate with Christmas. Scented candles, either as a decoration directly on the table or in other locations around the room are also a great suggestion to help make the room feel extra special.

Christmas flowers
Poinsettias are in full bloom at this time of year and are a hallmark of Christmas time. They make fantastic centre pieces, as do other Christmas plants available from They also have a huge range of bouquets and displays that can be delivered throughout the year.
Poinsettias from Serenata Flowers

This was a collaborative post with Serenata Flowers


Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

I do love Christmas markets and this one looks fabulous! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas x #CountryKids

spicers1976 said...

We didn't go to our local Christmas market this year. I love all the smells and atmosphere.

Merlinda Little said...

Amazing place. Its like the festive feeling wont go away if you are in there =) #countrykids

Sarah Christie said...

I love Christmas markets, we visit Manchester Every year but took the boys for the first time this year, they loved , your photos are great xx

coombemill said...

Wow, this looks like a great evening out just before Christmas to really bring out the Christmas Spirit in everyone. It's great that even though LB was a little nervous he still laughed along to some of it as well. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

76 sunflowers said...

The Winter Watch procession looks amazing. We skirted around the Christmasmarket in Bath this year as it was heaving! Hope you had a good one and wishing you a Happy New Year :)

MumReinvented said...

That sweet stall looks amazing! What a great Christmas Market!

Katie Bedlow said...

Got to love a Christmas market, the smell of mulled wine and excited chatter, I didn't get to visit one this year so it's on the wish list for 2015 already!

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