How to lay the perfect Christmas table

Make every meal memorable this festive season with wintry tableware from M&S, cheery linen and well-placed decorative touches that are sure to charm the Christmas stockings off even the pickiest of guests. Plus we turn to John Lewis and House of Fraser for simplistically stylish ways to prepare your home for Christmas.

Create the perfect Christmas table

A beautiful table dressed with care and consideration will bring a thrill of festive anticipation and occasion to Christmas entertaining. Marks & Spencer show us how to:

Start by choosing a theme. Give your table character with a glitzy dining setting that best reflects the shine of the season. Bright white linen and silver accents, will give a room a sparkly look that instantly says, ‘It’s Christmas’.

Next select your place settings. Draw the look together with placement mats and thoughtful decorations. Crystal tableware and platters of light nibbles well ensure that your guests feel welcome.

Don’t forget to add your personal touch. Familiar festive accents such as wreaths, pinecones and candelabras work hard as pretty centerpieces, whilst a flickering candlelight will bring a glimmer of Christmas magic.

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A white Christmas with John Lewis

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Set a relaxed mood at home with John Lewis’ White Christmas edit, which pairs neutral tones with textural finishes for beautiful results. First, bring the enchantment of a winter wonderland indoors by drawing from a soft palette of muted shades, made up of ceramic whites, ivy and slate greys. Essential to this romantic scheme are sleek furnishings and frosted foliage. John Lewis’ White Christmas range is a sophisticated look that still embraces all the fun of the festive season, with quirky woodland-inspired Christmas ornaments like the stag wall hanging and glitter-coated eucalyptus stems.

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A modern Christmas with House of Fraser

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House of Fraser breathe fresh life into Christmas past with their very modern edit. Strike the perfect balance between old and new by sprinkling specks of glitter over very traditional accessories such as evergreen wreaths and wooden advent calendars. The discreetly reflective baubles and frosted tree works beautifully against an icy-blue backdrop. Whilst a mismatched collection of festive accessories will bring a quiet feeling of comfort and luxury, making it the perfect space to entertain guests or relax for cosy family nights in. Complete the look by coordinating your wrapped gifts with the scheme for a whimsical, fairy-tale touch that the kids will love.

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Deck the halls

Greet family and friends with an inviting, festive home.