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Decorate the Christmas dining table

What will your dining table be wearing this festive season? There are those who prefer to decorate the Christmas dining table in minimal style, and those who like to go all out with table decorations galore. Whatever your style we've got plenty of ideas and inspiration for decorating your Christmas dining table.

South Africans celebrate the festive season in many different ways and not every family sits down to a home-cooked full on Christmas lunch or dinner. But setting a table for Christmas sets the tone for the day, whether it's cold cuts, an outdoor braai, or a celebration with family and friends.

A beautiful white table is dressed with sprigs of green and white roses to add a luxurious touch that is simple and affordable but oh so dramatic. Investing in a set of white crockery allows you to dress a dining table up for special occasions without too much effort. Discount home stores a wide selection of accessories that can be added to suit the occasion.

Keep it simple is a philosophy that many tend to apply when it comes to dressing the table for Christmas dining. A woven table runner and a dash of gold and green are simple and elegant and can be used time and again.

How to set the perfect Christmas table

Here are six simple steps for creating the perfect Christmas table using elegant white crockery and a few glass and silver accessories.


  1. Start with a tablecloth, or plain table, and table runner.

  2. Lay out placemats and heat-resistant placemats for the centre of the table if you will be serving hot food. Coasters for glasses are placed at the top right-hand corner.

  3. Wrap cutlery in serviettes. This normally consists of a knife, fork and spoon and is placed on the left side of the placemat.

  4. Add place settings, starting with a charger and the crockery you will need for the meal.

  5. Place wine and/or water glasses on the coasters.

  6. Add your decorations and Christmas crackers to finish off the table.

Celebrate in black and white this festive season. A selection of black and white crockery looks stunning on its own, and even more celebratory when combined with silver.

An elegant white crockery set is eye-catching when paired with red accessories. Throw in festive serviettes and crystal glasses and you have an affordable Christmas table set for celebration. If you're not sure how to decorate the Christmas dining table, take inspiration from the trimmings on your tree.

Festive and fresh. A Christmas table set in green and white is a change from the traditional red and white and looks just as good. Bring fresh springs of rosemary or lavendar to add to your setting - they not only look good, they smell gorgeous.

Keeping it traditional with all the trimmings is a fun way to celebrate the festive season. A plaid tablecloth and serviettes bring out the best in this red and green table setting with its carved reindeers and garland of berried greenery.

If you prefer a more traditional red, green and gold - or silver - dining table for Christmas brunch or dinner, you will find plenty of decorations in the stores that can be paired together for a sparkling Christmas table.

When entertaining for a large group of family and friends, a separate table is set for the younger members of the family. This is an opportunity to go to town with decorations. Children's eyes light up with joy when they see a Christmas table filled with festive goodies.

Shop around for the best selection at affordable prices. Mr Price Home now offers online shopping and has a wonderful selection of decor items for Santa's table.


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