How to set a Christmas table

Are you hosting Christmas this year and are looking for inspiration on how to set a Christmas table? Do you need some ideas on how to style your  food, gifts and decorations to create a magical Christmas for your family and friends? Well read on because here we show you how to easily create an Alpine Inspired Christmas using a colour scheme that includes festive green, gold and charcoal  partyware, gift wrapping and decorations  to give you a fresh alpine feel.

Christmas dining room with set table and sideboard full of Christmas treats

The table has been set with a soft grey linen tablecloth and then overplayed with a grey fabric tablerunner.  The centrepiece has been created with a wreath of real fir leaves.  In the middle of the wreath sits a glass candle holder that we have filled with Christmas baubles.  So effective and so easy!  They come in 2 sizes and we have used 3 on this table, the 26cm one in the middle and 2 of the 16cm ones either side.

Candle vase filled with Christmas baubles

These glass candle holders are a must have for any occasion. Remove the baubles after Christmas and use year round filled with greenery, flowers, shells or anything that suits your decor or party theme.


Christmas Placesetting

The place settings have been created with simple silver cutlery, glassware and plates.  Layer plates to add dimension to the setting.  These plates are from Kmart but you could use any to suit the table setting or even consider using round  paper plates in lovely glitzy colours to achieve the same effect at a lower cost.

The finishing touches are provided by the hand made Christmas crackers made with giftwrap, a green wreath made from a fresh stalk of rosemary and an acrylic love or joy decoration that your guests can take home.


Don’t make the sweet treats too overly complicated.  You can buy fantastic store bought treats these days and then simply spend time displaying them in a lovely way.  Most of the treats below are from Coles Supermarket.

Christmas sideboard filled with traditional Christmas treats

Use different height cake plates to display your traditional Christmas treats.


Christmas puddings and nougat

Luxury Christmas puddings and nougat from Coles.


Mince Pies and Chocolate sticks from Coles.


Luxury mini fruit cakes from Coles.


Home made Christmas cake on fillable cake stand

We made this butter cake, iced it with butter cream and finished it with desiccated coconut.  The cake topper is simply 3 pieces of rosemary placed upside down to look like mini Christmas trees.  The acrylic fillable cake stand makes the perfect accessory, we filled it with pine cones but you could add Christmas baubles, flowers or anything to suit your decor.  These are a must have item that you can use at every kids party, occasion or event as the look changes depending on what you fill it with.

meri meri reindeer stars platesMeri Meri reindeer and stars napkins

reindeer cups


Have some sweet Christmas paper plates and napkins on hand for the sweet treats to save on washing up. We love these glitzy reindeer cake plates , napkins and cups to add some fun.


Christmas Mantle with gifts

Make all you gifts look like they are a “special delivery” with gorgeous christmas wraps, tags and ribbons.

Make your Christmas decorating so much easier by wrapping your gifts in similar colours and patterns to suit the theme. That way they add to the overall decorating around the house without giving you extra work.

alpine green giftwrap

This alpine hunter green wrap is perfect for this Christmas them and it looks fabulous trimmed with gold.

charcoal woodland giftwrapping

Impressions Charcoal, Alpine Charcoal and gold giftwraps  add depth and drama to your display.


One last decorating tip is for your front entrance.  Make sure it is decorated in your theme to welcome your guests on Christmas Day.

alpine Christmas Front Entry


Lastly, once the work is done, sit back and and remember that this really is “the most wonderful time of the year”.

Happy Christmas everyone xx

Christmas mantle with decorations

Styling by collaboration with  The Party Parlour and Nest Styling your Space

All partyware, cake stands, runners, acrylic decorations, fillable glass vases, wrap, ribbons and tags available at The Party Parlour.