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Dining table setting with Christmas laterns and baubles

Dazzle with your Christmas table settings

Want to make your Christmas place settings dazzle? As everyone knows, the true centrepiece of any Christmas day is the dinner. And the centrepiece of the dinner is the, well, centrepiece. And candles, and place cards, and place mats... With this in mind, here are 20 original ideas to style up your dining room this festive season - and perhaps rival the turkey as the star of the show.

If you're looking to make an impact, you can't beat a striking colour scheme. Silvers and golds will create a classy, classic feel, while purples, teals and blacks will establish a more modern aesthetic. Crisp white table linens and crockery will add freshness and look great when paired with gold candlesticks and metallic ornamental touches.

Don't be afraid to get crafty. Homemade place cards are a smart, personal touch while place mats, which are easy and inexpensive to make, will jazz up any festive dining table. If you want to add a hit of formal glam, consider tying fabrics or linens around the chair backs.

You can have fun with Christmas tree baubles too, either hanging pedant-like over the table or scattered among the tableware. Indeed, for a more dramatic effect combine hanging baubles with vintage ornaments, elegant candelabras and rich colour palettes. There, your very own winter wonderland! Naturally, cute, Christmassy ornaments are sure to be a hit with young and old alike.

If you're looking for something a little more pared back and sophisticated, minimal tableware and black and gold accents should be just the thing. Of course, even the most chic Christmas table isn't immune to some good ol' Christmas spirit - just add a clutch of attractive crackers and fun party favours. After all, it is Christmas!

Table setting with shimmering lanterns and baubles

Set a party atmosphere and decorate your Christmas dining table with glass hurricane lanterns filled with glimmering silver baubles surrounded by plenty of glowing candles. Mix and match Christmas decorations for a laid-back yet elegant feel.

Blomster lantern
Ikea

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