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Make every festive meal special with showstopping table-setting ideas for every style and Christmas moment, from the 25th through to New Year’s Eve

Rustic luxe

Team natural elements with classic tableware for a relaxed gathering. Create a centrepiece with circular wood slices and dot with mini tree decorations, reindeer figurines, pinecones and mistletoe. Arrange pillar candles in wooden holders of various heights along the length of the table. Build the place settings with fabric placemats, cream crockery, vintage-style cutlery and modern glassware. Finish with napkins in wooden napkin rings and place-name holders to match the table

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Red, white and gold

Cover the table with a dark grey tablecloth to make the red, white and gold theme pop. Place a berry garland along the length of the table and add red trees, gold birds, light-up orbs and pillar candles of various sizes in gold holders. At each place setting, start with a charger place, add a dinner plate and finish with a dessert bowl. Mix plain white crockery with more decorative plates and tuck a white napkin between the plate and the bowl. Gold cutlery and crystal prosecco glasses will take the festive feels to the max. Pop a small gift wrapped in red paper at each place setting

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Winter wonderland

Make every Christmas meal magical with this snowy winter wonderland theme. Start with a crisp white tablecloth, then add a festive table runner decorated with a snowflake design. Place a snow-dusted garland along the length of the table and add potted succulents, a couple of heart-shaped tealights and star-shaped nibble bowls. Pile up elegant platinum-rimmed crockery at each table setting with folded white napkins, silver cutlery and elegant wine glasses, then add a festive flourish with a glamorous silver decoration in each bowl.

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Tartan with a twist

A red tartan tablecloth and tartan placemats are the starting point for this cosy Christmas table. Create a focal point with some festive greenery, pillar candles of various sizes in gold candle holders and tealights in glass holders for a warm glow. Gold-rimmed crockery, gold cutlery and crystal wine glasses add a celebratory feel. Place a folded tartan napkin at each place setting and tie with red ribbon and a luggage tag name card. Put a decoration to match the tartan in each bowl as a festive finishing touch.

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Family fun

This jolly table is the perfect backdrop to holiday breakfasts. Begin with a bold red table runner, then add Christmassy red placemats and coasters. Bring out the seasonal crockery and glassware, from festive plates and platters to eggcups and teapots, to Christmas tree and candy cane-dotted tumblers. Tuck cutlery into red Christmas tree-shaped cutlery holders and finish with a candle infused with a wintery fragrance to set the mood.

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Words: Miranda Eason

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