How to create a Christmas tablescape

Here’s a few ideas on how to decorate your Christmas table for your loved ones. Advice for this season and every Christmas after that! Follow it, adapt it - it’s here to inspire you and help you create the perfect festive tablescape.

Written by:

Turkey with all the trimmings, looking glorious in the centre of your table is the ultimate Christmas picture postcard image.

But now cast your mind wider to what’s around your festive spread. Is there anything?....

If there’s not, you’re missing a trick because festive tablescaping is your chance to extend your love for Christmas, and all the decorations that come with it, to your dinner table.

Here are a few ideas to get your started...

1. Choose your colour scheme 

Red and gold? Black and green? Multi-coloured?

The best festive tablescapes are carefully considered, and this usually starts with your colour scheme.

You may decide to go with the same colours you’ve used to decorate your tree or choose something completely different. Sticking to one to three colours will make sure everything pulls together nicely.

However, if you want to use a rainbow of shades, that’s perfectly fine too; it’s your Christmas table after all! 

2. Roll out a runner 

Just like the red carpet of your table (if you choose red), table runners are an excellent focal point, drawing the eye right along your tablescape, while giving your entire scheme a polished and finished look.

You could go for a runner that happens to be in a festive colour or you could select a festive-themed runner. Ideally, whatever you pick should go hand-in-hand with your overall colour scheme and other table decorations.

3. Light the way 

Putting lights on your table instantly gives it a magical glow.

A line of mini lanterns or candles in festive candle holders, tea lights dotted here and there, a hurricane candle at the top and the bottom, or a string of delicate fairy lights trailed in between the place mats is all it takes.

And if you’re worried about having flames on your table because there are little ones around or you don’t want somebody’s sleeve to catch fire while passing the cranberry sauce, there are lots of realistic LED candles out there.

You’ll be surprised at just how authentic they look. 

4. Add a natural touch

Pine cones, sprigs of holly, bunches of mistletoe, vibrant poinsettias, evergreen branches and leaves, and even fresh fruit (e.g. satsumas, cranberries and grapes) and mini Christmas trees go perfectly on Christmas tablescapes.

What’s more, the aromas they give off, particularly pine cones and evergreen, instantly transports people to a Christmas wonderland. 

5. Consider the necessities

Your table decorations are a nice-to-have, while your dinnerware, cutlery, glasses, napkins, place mats etc. are a must-have.

One of the most simple and effective ways of making sure they complement your festive tablescape vision, is to make sure they’re a colour that matches everything else on your table.

Or, if you really want to go to town, push the festive boat out and use Christmas-themed items - I'm thinking reindeer plates, gold cutlery, Santa Claus coasters, star napkins and snowflake glasses galore.


6. Recycle your tree decorations

If your Christmas tree is heaving with decorations, and you can’t possibly cram anymore on, don’t let those decs go to waste. They will look just as good (if not better) on your Christmas table.

Baubles, tinsel, glitter, bows, gingerbread men, stars, candy canes, fairies, crackers, whatever it is you may have, feel free to drape and dot them on your table for added interest and delight!

When it comes to creating a tablescape, anything goes.

All you need, is a festive vision that you know you can execute, and away you go! If you’re not sure where to start, why not decorate your tree first, and then, when you’re in the festive mindset, take some of your tree inspiration and apply it to your table.

Bright and bold, subtle and classy, make your festive landscape your own. Have fun with it, and see where your Christmas table creativity takes you…

Merry Christmas!

Our sofas in your homes

Share the love for your new ScS sofa, furniture or flooring using @scssofas and #myscshome for a chance to be featured.

Victoria Foster

Written by:

Stylist & Visual Merchandiser

at ScS

15th November 2023

Victoria is a stylist and merchandiser based at our in-house photo studio. Having been part of the ScS family since 2012, Victoria styles stunning home sets with the latest trends to showcase newly launched ScS products. With over 25 years of experience in styling and merchandising, she loves to keep an eye on the latest trends in the interior landscape. Victoria's favourite interior scheme is the Boho trend and loves to layer a mixture of different textures in her home. Her styling top tip is to always create a focal point in a room. Whether it’s a feature wall, a piece of artwork, or a bright patterned rug, having a focal point can help to drive the decisions on the rest of the rooms layout.