Christmas dinner is a time for traditions, togetherness and celebration but it can also be a time of immense stress and worry.

Catering for bigger numbers and fussy guests is enough to drain anybody’s Christmas spirit, but some preparation and a few simple finishing touches will help you produce a festive dining table with all the trimmings.

Firstly make sure the entrance to your home looks warm and inviting, country farms are wonderful for picking up gorgeous homemade wreaths of traditional holly and ivy or mistletoe right up until Christmas, but for those pushed for time, Griselda Graham has done all the work for you. Her beautiful berry wood slice wreath looks good enough to eat and will ensure your guests are feeling festive as they cross the threshold.

Never has a meal been more deserving of pomp and ceremony than Christmas dinner, so why not push the boat out? After all, Christmas dinner comes but once a year and it would be a shame to serve yours on a blank canvas.

Instead, set the scene with a rich palette of festive red and white. For a truly merry Christmas, Barker and Stonehouse has the Ania wine glasses and tumblers to get you in the party spirit. Beautifully decorated with a berry red seasonal motif, the Ania glassware will bring a touch of elegance to the festivities.

Ania red wine glass

Alternatively keep things simple with a splash of gold or silver. Barker and Stonehouse’s Celeste dining plates and matching champagne flutes, bowls and tumblers are decorated with a band of gold or platinum to ensure it’s not just the bubbly which will be sparkling this Christmas.

And don’t forget to accessorise – traditional napkin rings will give your Christmas table a sense of occasion, or try tying a bow with a pretty ribbon in a contrasting colour such as cranberry napkins and emerald bows around each napkin.

A snowy white table cloth with a runner in a rich red or wine tone is simple but effective and will give your Christmas table a pop of colour without any fuss.

And take care with the presentation of your food. Dusting small plates with icing sugar before serving will elevate any pudding from sweet treat to festive dessert and serving dishes are a must when guests have gathered.

Stylish touches such as personalised place settings and favours instantly make your guests feel special. Use tea lights in seasonal shades to shine a light on your culinary masterpieces, or evenly space our Tondo ruby red lanterns across the centre of your table runner for maximum impact.

Finally the ever-present Christmas cracker is still a must have item for your Christmas table. If the paper hats and cheap jokes leave you cold, try making your own version for that personal touch.

So remember, all you need for a truly fabulous Christmas dinner is a bit of time, a lot of love and some stunning tableware.

Merry Christmas!

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