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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

Lingonberry napkins in crisp white cotton £35 for a set of four, 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


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

Berry Napkin Rings, £11.99 for four

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

Brussel Sprout party popper, £4.99 for eight

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

— Daisy Allsup
4th December 2018