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How to decorate a Christmas table

Hello loves and welcome back. I have been meaning to blog about tablescaping for a while but as I explained last week, the blog took a bit of a hiatus. Anyway, with Christmas fast approaching, I thought it would be the perfect time to give you some tips on how to make the most out of your Christmas table this year.

I don't know about you but I just love decorating for Christmas. I have had phases of choosing purple and green decorations and then white and silver but now we have children, I love to see our tree adorned in the memories we have made together as a family. Most years we go and paint a bauble and add it to the tree and although our tree doesn't all match, it is special to us. We have our daughters first Christmas marked on to wooden plaques, their hand print placed on to ceramic baubles and reindeers made of lolly pop sticks- its all rather cute.

However the place where I get to be the most creative is the Christmas table. I love using winter foliage, candles and various textures to create a warm and inviting space for our guests. What is so exciting this year is that we get to use our own products!

It's no secret that pink is my favourite colour but when teamed with sage green, its simply divine, wouldn't you agree?

Use the following tips to dress your own table this year.

1- Starting with a plain table cloth as your foundation, choose a festive table runner which compliments your surrounding decor. For us we have gorgeous Farrow and ball Stiffly blue which is a deep navy. Teamed with carriage grey and pale pink, these colours lend themselves beautifully to the pink, sage and red found in our Christmas poinsettia table runner.

2- Decorations for your Christmas table is the most fun part. You have an opportunity to be really creative here and use winter foliage and flowers, sticks, berries, holly etc. Add some candles for mood lighting or some winter pot pourri with cinnamon sticks, orange slices and dried cranberries for a delightful scent.

3- Place mats and charger plates.

Place mats are used not only to add texture or complimentary/contrasting colour but also to prevent drips, spills and most importantly heat from reaching the wooden table beneath. I used some hyacinth round placemats to be in keeping with nature and also break up the colours. Charger plates traditionally are used for fine dining but hey- they look pretty too right? Gold scalloped edges act as a frame and add a touch of glam to the table.

4- Tableware.

This is such a personal choice. Tablescaping is very much about the aesthetic of the table, choosing tableware that is in keeping with your scheme but if you don't want to spend a fortune, you can use crockery that you already have and bring the table together with your finishing touches. For our table we have pulled accent colours out- here sage green, which compliments the charger plate, hyacinth and pine tree style garland.

5- Table linens

To finish off your table, choose your favourite napkins. Our Christmas poinsettia napkins are traditional, whilst adding colour and fun. Don't forget a napkin ring or make your own with foliage and twine.

If you dress your table this Christmas and use any of these tips, make sure you tag us @mayajoydesign in your photos on Instagram.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas. May you eat well, be merry and have a stunning dining table this Christmas.

Lots of love

Mayajoy x


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