The Sorbet Living festive table

Gathering round the table for delicious seasonal food is our favourite part of Christmas. While you’re planning the dishes and confirming your guests, you can also consider the table styling for your festive feast. A beautiful tablescape sets the scene for a memorable gathering and gives an elegant backdrop for photos from the day.

Christmas can come with many mealtimes, from croissants and coffee before present opening to the much-anticipated festive dinner and a relaxed Boxing Day buffet. It helps to have a simple table theme to start with, which you can dress up for the big occasions and scale back for smaller things like tea and cake.

Start with a simple, luxurious tablecloth, like our Striped Linen in Rose.

Candles are a must, bringing a warm cosy glow to the room. Our natural beeswax and umber candles have a subtle scent of honey when lit and the hand carved shapes bring height and texture to the table.

Stand candles in our porcelain holders for a classic touch.

When it comes to festive tableware, we like to use white ceramics and save the colour accents for accessories and foliage. Our porcelain collection has a range of plates and bowls to layer on the table for festive foods. Add linen napkins for each guest – our napkins are made by a family business from sustainable linen and can be washed and used time and again. Tie them with a ribbon of your choice to introduce colour to the table.

No festive table would be complete without celebratory crackers, but we are all becoming mindful of throwaway seasonal items. Our luxurious refillable crackers are a lovely way to keep the tradition without the plastic waste. Made from linen and tied with a velvet ribbon, they have an interior carton which you can fill with surprise gifts for each person at your table, whether it’s a small piece of jewellery from an independent maker, their favourite sweet treat or a little toy for children.

The final touch to our festive table is the winter foliage. We love foraging on our winter walks for bushels of pine and strands of eucalyptus to dress the middle of the table, and vintage jugs of dried flowers are a lovely touch too – dried hydrangeas and Icelandic poppies make a whimsical winter table theme.

Continuing the table theme, in December we’ll be sharing some of our favourite winter baking recipes.

by Amy Tarrant