Behind The Blue Door

Statement Dining | December 5, 2016 |

The joyful table:

Inspiration for your magical Christmas table


Wedgwood Platinum Christmas

With opulence once again embraced wholeheartedly by leading designers, this Christmas looks set to be particularly gorgeous in homes all round the country.

We’ve taken two key trends – Opulent Gold and Elegant Platinum – and suggested inspirational ways of creating an unforgettable Christmas table for your loved ones.


1. Layer your tableware

Arris collection laid for Christmas

Image: Arris collection

The key to opulence is, of course, generosity. There’s no more appropriate time than Christmas to let your imagination run riot and Wedgwood’s Arris collection gives you the opportunity to create your own place settings.

The range sets gold accents against a white or charcoal ground, which plays well into the current dark decor trend.  A choice of patterns, as well as round or octagonal plates, means you can create extra interest with every layer.

Start with the octagonal charger, then add dinner plates, smaller octagonal plates and teacups and saucers in your choice of design.

Add extra depth with stemware – the Arris range includes tumblers and wine glasses with metallic accents to complement the bone china pieces.

2. Centre yourself

Christmas table settingImage: The 36th Avenue/Pinterest

How about using spectacular vases and crystal in a fresh way for a more unusual focal point for your table? This idea from The 36th Avenue uses ornate jars but you could pile festive accessories into cut crystal punchbowls or statement vases. Try Waterford’s Lismore range – or add dramatic colour with this Fleurology rose bowl (£525).

Waterford Fleurology Cleo rose bowl

Image: Waterford

Fill it with more than just flowers: ripe pomegranates, rich grapes or a selection of decorations from India Jane spilling from it would be simple but eyecatching.

3. Illuminate with candlelight

Christmas table with candlesImage: MODWedding

The faces of your dearest loved ones around the Christmas table will already be lit up but candlelight casts a magical spell over everything.

Hang delicate glass baubles from above (£12 for four, Velvet Brown) and contrast with the tall, elegant lines of the Arris candelabra, designed to complement the gold accents of the tableware from the same collection.

Arris collection with candelabra

Image: Arris collection

4. Tall, gold and handsome

Table setting with strings of pearls and candlesImage: WedLuxe

With the focus on the table itself, it’s easy to forget the impact created by adding height to your table setting.

Decorations draped from ceiling or lights are one solution – alternatively lend drama with twisted branches, plunged in vases and festooned with pearl and crystal strings and hung with tealights.

5. Add luxurious linens

Table setting with fruit swags and lush tableclothsImage: StyleEstate

It’s not just tableware that can be layered for dramatic effect. Linen can bring a glorious range of textures to your placement, whether you opt for simple runners or full cloths.

Take inspiration from this opulent look by draping vintage linen on top of heavy velvet. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the tableware department, scour the bedlinen section or have a seamstress add a deep trim to a length of strong cotton velvet.

We like the slightly antiqued look of this cotton/linen velvet from Fabricaz. Choose edging from the treasure trove that is V V Rouleaux.


1. Embrace your inner ice queen

Christmas table setting with chandelier

Image: Regina Gust

A platinum themed table is the ideal foil for an ice queen extravaganza. Hang a selection of Wedgwood’s exquisite snowflake decorations from ceiling or chandelier and echo the scene below with lashings of cut crystal and glittering accessories for maximum light-catching impact.

2. Don’t sell the family silver

Table setting with silverImage: Ana Rosa

Naturally, Christmas is the time to bring out all the family silver. If you have a good collection, maximise the cool metallic theme with a platinum or silver-accented dinner service, such as Jasper Conran’s clean-lined Platinum collection or Vera Wang’s more intricate Lace range.

Jasper Conran platinum collection

Image: Jasper Conran’s Platinum collection

3. Out of season drama

Table setting with orchidsImage: Wohh Wedding

Country houses traditionally displayed hot house fruits prominently at important dinners, thus showing off their wealth and skill. A pineapple, for example, would sit in pride of place on its own dish, on the banqueting table.

Bring the tradition into the modern age by asking your florist to create an extravagant display of exotic flowers – white orchids are the perfect foil for an elegant platinum table theme.

Jeff Leatham’s Kylie vases for Waterford (£265) are designed to stack on top of each other. A  simple way of adding height and drama to your floral display.

Waterford Jeff Leatham Kylie vases

Image: Waterford’s Kylie vases by Jeff Leatham

4. Repetition is elegance

table setting with row of candlesImage: StyleEstate

In all areas of design, the repetition of simple motifs makes for a striking impact, as shown by these graceful candle holders.

For your own take on the idea, simply place Vera Wang’s series of covered candles at regular intervals down a long table. Each is elegantly finished with silver plate and a row of them makes for a gratifyingly measured display.

Vera Wang candles by Wedgwood

Image: Vera Wang candles by Wedgwood 

5. Add texture

Christmas table setting with tartans and textureImage: Scot Meacham Wood

Ice queen or not, a platinum table theme needn’t be chilly. Warm yours with generous swathes of antique table linen and textured cushions. For large tables, vintage curtains often provide the volume of fabric necessary for generous draping. Try Vintage Linens or Divinely Vintage.


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The Jasper Conran Tisbury collection offers a plethora of informal tableware and home accessories that allow you to mix the collection into your everyday living. The tailored shapes with renowned Jasper Conran precision combine with a resilient porcelain, glass and wood to withstand wear and tear of everyday use. Natural colour styles contribute to an effortless look and feel.

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