How to style a magical Christmas table

Make your Christmas meal extra special by creating a beautifully styled table setting. To help you set the scene, we’ve enlisted the help of New Zealand design company Città.

Città has everything you need to host a magical Christmas day. Their extensive furniture and homeware collection have all bases covered – from charming decorations and twinkling Christmas trees to classic glassware and hand-crafted ceramic tableware. Here are their top tips for styling a beautiful Christmas table.

The centre of attention

Start by choosing a statement centrepiece for your table. This should encompass your theme and be the focus of the table. This could be a vase filled with foraged pinecones or a large candle surrounded by a festive wreath. We’ve opted for a series of Finch beakers filled with brightly coloured flowers and an array of homely porcelain ornaments and candles.

Christmas Table
Let it sparkle

Speaking of, set an ambient mood by adding string lights and candles to your centrepiece. Avoid interfering with the flavours of the food by using unscented candles. Create visual variance by choosing a range of candle styles and sizes in complementary colours.

Get personal

Make your guests feel welcome by placing a handwritten name tag at each table setting. Show your guests extra love by adding a little present on each seat – such as handmade chocolates or a special Christmas decoration they can use for years to come.

Layers of relaxed linen

Dress your table with relaxed linen tablecloth and napkins. A tablecloth in a neutral tone makes a great base for any gathering and won’t take away from your statement centrepiece. Add a linen napkin to each table setting for a touch of relaxed luxury that can be used again and again.

Mix & match

More is more when creating a visual feast. Plate your dishes on a range of boards, plates and bowls in different shapes, sizes and materials. Dot ramekins and spoons around the table for condiments and seasonings.

Toast to Christmas

Whether you prefer a celebratory glass of bubbles or a sophisticated espresso martini, ensure you have the appropriate glassware on-hand. Embrace summery vibes and fill a carafe with a refreshing iced tea or a seasonal cocktail to share – such as fruity punch, citrus sangria or Aperol spritz.

Take it outdoors

Living in New Zealand gives us the unique opportunity to dine al fresco on Christmas Day. Embrace the great outdoors and serve your Christmas meal in your backyard, a park, or as a picnic on the beach. Encouraging lounging by dotting your setting with beanbags, picnic rugs and cushions – bring throws for when the sun dips below the trees!

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. Shop Città’s Christmas and dining collections in-store or online now.

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