Besides under the Christmas tree, around the table is where you’ll probably spend most of your festive day feasting, drinking, laughing, and everything in between. The Christmas table is a sacred place and decorating it is as much as part of the day as is gift-wrapping and baubles. However, this means the tablescape can sometimes feel more repetitive than Christmas songs in a shopping centre, so how about jingling it up this year? Like mother, like daughter, the duo at Rachel Elizabeth Interiors have a unique vision to bring to your Christmas table that will span much longer than the festive season.
For a less traditional and more timeless look, start with a hand blocked printed tablecloth. Handmade, unique and unable to be replicated, it also comes with a matching set of napkins to bring the table together. Once you’ve laid down your foundation, decide on a theme, steering your sleigh away from the basic. Get inspired by ‘Garden Party’ above or ‘Under The Indian Sun’ below and leave the nativity scene away in a manger this year.
When it comes to decorating, think sustainable. Use items you already have like jam jars, flowers and basic dining sets in between more expensive or colourful pieces to break it up. Invest in items you can use throughout the year, and recycle wherever possible such as wrapping bon bons with left over materials. At Rachel Elizabeth Interiors, they’ve used their bracelets from Jaipur to work as napkin holders as well as party favours for guests. You can also use Christmas decorations as placeholders to not only show guests where they’re sitting, but they can then take the decorations home and use them for their own tree.
While your gorgeous tablescape will be sure to catch your guests’ gaze, we all know everyone will be looking for the food, so incorporate that into the styling, too. Match salad ingredients with the tablecloth and seafood with the flowers, but don’t be afraid to pattern clash or mix ‘n’ match with a pop of colour. Be prepared the night before to avoid any appearances from the Grinch, and when the big man in red is long gone, you can redecorate all the pieces for a completely timeless look.