Creating the ideal table setting for festive occasions like Christmas and Summer gatherings involves a blend of creativity, coordination, and personal touches. Called Tablescaping, it is the art of setting and decorating a table, infused with thoughtful details, to provide that wow factor for your guests and help set the mood and tone of your gathering. Here are some tips and tricks from Supa Centa Moore Park for crafting the perfect tablescapes for Christmas and Summertime.
Christmas Table Styling
Thoughtful Touches and Sentimental Additions
To create a cohesive and captivating Christmas table, consider selecting a well-coordinated theme or colour scheme. Embracing popular themes like Christmas Brights, A Touch of Sparkle, or A White Christmas effectively sets the tone for your event. Engaging your friends or family in the process of choosing meaningful details, such as their favourite flowers or hand made invitations. This can also add a truly personal touch that creates a shared and memorable experience for everyone involved in the celebration.
Creating the Centerpiece
To select appropriate centerpieces, it’s important to make sure your table is large enough to accommodate comfortably the number of guests you’ll be having, as well as room for a striking centerpiece amongst food and drinks. If you are looking to purchase a new table just in time for the holiday season, Harvey Norman, Shack, Osmen, James Lane, Coco Republic and King Living all have a large range of indoor and outdoor dining tables that will ensure everyone’s comfort. Don’t forget to protect your table’s surface with a high-quality table protector to help safeguard it from heat, spills, and scratches, and add a stunning tablecloth from Robins Kitchen or Howards Storage World.
A striking centrepiece is the key ingredient for a memorable Christmas table. Incorporate a vase from Oz Design with seasonal flowers, and add flavours that compliment food, such as sprigs of aromatic rosemary. With fresh flowers being costly and lasting only moments in warm weather, there are stunning ‘faux’ flowers on offer from Provincial
Home Living, Freedom and Adairs that even the keenest of green thumbs at the party would find it hard to spot the difference. Further, integrate bold candles and candelabras from Shack, or combine an Adair’s, Berry Leaf Garland with beautiful battery-operated tea lights from Provincial Home Living to keep your centerpiece alive and lit up all night long!
Coordinating Accessories and Practicality
Choose accessories that complement your chosen theme and colour scheme. We recommend incorporating exciting visual accessories and mixing textures. Add some shimmer to your table with items such as Festive Gooseberry beaded wreath that can be used as a candle base or napkin ring. These versatile napkin rings will look great layered on contrasting fringed-coloured placemats like the Suffolk placemats from Pillow Talk. Add personalised elements like name cards with these Galaxy Place Card Holder from Provincial Home Living or a small thoughtful or humorous gift on each dinner plate to spark conversations. Make sure to also have practical spacing between place settings as not to overcrowd the table – utilising these stunning full sets by Freedom, Adairs and Pillow Talk will help to keep spacing consistent whilst adding a premium touch.
Summer Table Styling
Embrace Casual Comfort
For a relaxed summer setting, have fun with your table decor. Utilise an outdoor table like the Harvey Norman Lucca 11, this eight-person table is perfect for hosting gatherings outdoors in the Summertime; crafted with durable powder-coated aluminium frames, this set combines reliability with everyday charm. Make your outdoor setting even more enjoyable by mixing a range of soft and vibrant cushions like Osmen, Pillow Talk, and
Sheridan. Further experiment with playful colours and patterns on the table, by mixing gingham with florals – the Bamboo Place Mats various checkered colours and the Summer Sorbet Floral Runner from Adairs are the perfect combination of Summer fun.
Versatile Table and Floral Arrangements
Opt for a crisp white linen tablecloth that is easily maintainable and cost-effective. A popular trend at the moment is to place white parchment on the table and draw a design or guests’ names on the table – this can also be great to entertain little ones by supplying them with some crayons to draw. Contrast the white tablecloth with bright accents such as the Adair’s Carnival napkin rings made from beautiful mineral alabaster.
Mixing up the sizes of vases, candles, and flowers on the table gives it a more interesting look. When you play around with different heights, it adds depth and makes things more eye-catching. Each item gets its own spotlight, but together, they create a harmonious and pleasing overall style. Taller vases such as Provincial Home Living’s textural Provincial Home Living’s textural Sovereign Vase, hand painted and crafted from terracotta, or the Pari Pink Glass Vase from Pillow Talk – not only inject an organic pop of natural pink – but draw the eye upward, adding verticality and drama. Coupled with carefully arranged florals or greenery, this multi-level approach not only creates a sense of texture and movement but also encourages a visually engaging tableau that effortlessly enhances the ambience of any table setting.
The importance of glassware
Attention to detail is key, we recommend selecting glassware that complements the overall theme and ambience of the space. Experimenting with different shapes, sizes, and designs creates a diverse yet cohesive look. Whether it’s elegant stemmed Cellar Premium Luxe wine glasses from Robin’s Kitchen or Pillow Talk’s Ribbed Cocktail Coupe for a cocktail, incorporating these varied pieces are sure to enhance the table’s aesthetic appeal.
Creating the ideal table setting for your Christmas or summer gatherings is all about combining creativity, coordination, and those special personal touches. By incorporating these tips from Supa Centa Moore Park, you’ll be well-equipped to craft memorable and inviting tablescapes for all your festive occasions and outdoor celebrations. Cheers to setting the stage for unforgettable moments!