Decorating the Christmas Table

The time has come to think about setting the table for Christmas. Linens, candles, crackers, flowers and everything you need for a festive table:

Christmas Crackers

Must-have tortoise shell Christmas crackers with plush deep pink and Indigo velvet bows from Matilda Goad and TART. Each cracker contains an exclusive Tart recipe card designed by Scribble & Daub with accompanying spice mix by Rooted Spice that are cleverly designed to incorporate Christmas leftovers. Also comes with a retro fortune fish and gold paper hat. £56 matildagoad.com

Flowers 

Flowers aren’t in abundance at Christmas time. Instead of imported bouquets opt for a few English hellebore heads (sometimes called the Lenten or Christmas rose) suspended within a Rose Globe or two for a magical floral display.  The hand-crafted dome has a concrete base available in white, grey or black. £125 Jam Jar Edit

Order 100 stems of scented narcissi grown on the Isles of Scilly. These also make a lovely house gift, arriving in a smart blue box with tissue paper and ribbon, £38 scentednarcissi.co.uk

Runners

Gold flower garlands,£40 for a set of two 160cm garlands, sophieconran.com

Philippa Craddock’s everlasting faux garlands look just like the real thing. Wiggle down the centre of a table and dot with candles and little bowls of nuts. 2.5m, £90 at Philippa Craddock

Candles

Vintage toleware candlesticks, £75 for the pair at Tat London. Fill with an indigo French dinner candle from Pentreath and Hall, £18 for a pack of 12 pentreath-hall.com

Classic Swedish angel chimes add a merry background sound to the chatter, £18 skandium.com

Scatter these silver mercury tea light holders along the table. Large (£13) and small (£8 – pictured), petershamnurseries.com

Crockery

Anthropolgie’s collaboration with artist August Wren includes this irresistible wavy-edged Nutcracker dessert plate, £12 anthropologie.com

Floral soup plate, hand-painted by Zsuzsanna Nyul exclusively for Cabana £76 at cabanamagazine.com

This scallop bowl is just waiting to be filled with clementines and Quality Street, £91 at Tinsmith

Glass 

Starry champagne coups inspired by 19th century English glasses, £69.50 for six at Tinsmiths

Hand-blown and hand-guilded champagne coupes, £75 for six at sohohome.com

Linen

The world’s most beautiful tablecloths can be found at Summerill and Bishop. We love the Falling Stars Christmas collection in ink blue, pale pink or white £625 with matching linen napkins, £35 summerillandbishop.com

Lingonberry napkins in crisp white cotton £35 for a set of four, sophieconran.com. Matching tablecloth £150.

Gold stars are subtly embroidered into this linen tablecloth, £89.99 at Zara, with a set of four napkins £19.99

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer found his way onto these paper napkins, £4.50 for 16 at Meri Meri

Extras

This brass Christmas wishing tree can be brought out every year. Handmade in India, make a wish every time you add a trinket, available to collect (from €5 each). Tree €90 svenskttenn.se

Berry Napkin Rings, £11.99 for four zarahome.com

This friendly robin red breast can hop along the table, £14.95 libertylondon.com

Brussel Sprout party popper, £4.99 for eight grahamandgreen.co.uk

Add felt animals including this dog with sleigh, as well as mice, poodles, polar bears and reindeer to your Christmas table. £21 coxandcox.co.uk

— Daisy Allsup
4th December 2018