How to decorate your Christmas table

Boxing Day banquets, Friendsmas get-togethers, the main event itself – make sure your Christmas table is set to perfection with our unique decorating inspiration and how-to tips. (All with a retro twist, of course.) Did someone say Battenburg gin? Yes, yes we did.

Big, bright and oh-so playful…

You’ve filled the fridge and stocked the cupboards, now it’s time to let your imagination run wild with all the wonderful ways to serve up the feast – and anything goes. We’re talking one-of-a-kind tablecloths, vintage-style tableware, merry-and-bright candles and glassware in glorious hues.

A sprinkle of nostalgia

There’s a special kind of magic reserved for childhood Christmases. So transport guests to brilliant buffets gone by. Think retro-inspired baked Alaska and decadently chintzy cakes – washed down with a classic snowball cocktail. Hmm, we might need our stretchiest trousers after this.


Don’t be scared to have fun with your tablescape, mixing bright colours with playful pieces – think your grandma’s biscuit tin, bubble candles and coloured spiral stem glasses. More is officially more, so add a big centrepiece among all your favourite retro-inspired treats.

- Abigail Syson, Food and Drink Curator

Our step-by-step guide to a beautiful tablescape

Pile up the pantry

Ahh, the pure joy of the Christmas food shop. Filling the fridge with more cheese than you’ll ever eat and secretly preferring leftovers to the meals themselves. This year, light your save-for-best bright candles and tuck into artisan treats and retro-inspired drinks.

Your brie wreath is served...

If anything goes when it comes to tablescaping, hold on to your Santa hats for what’s being served – because we’re going all-out. Make room for show-stopping centrepieces, unique desserts and one-of-a-kind table decor to match. Prepare for full tums and full hearts, lovely people.

Raise the bar

The 70s called… they want their cocktails back – but we’re not ready to hand these tipples over thanks to their delicious flavours. From Jaffa Cake rum to Bourbon Biscuit Bourbon (try saying that after one of these), make your drinks as playful as the tablescape.


Small business spotlight

Based in London but born in Thailand, Pransuk Dessert recreates traditional Thai puds that have largely been forgotten. By bringing these tasty treats back to life, Ploynita and her aunt Chosita (left) are honouring their culture – and offering an exciting alternative to mince pies, no less. Perfect for the grazing table and just as special with an afternoon cuppa, these intricate sweets look (almost) too good to eat.