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Lay your Christmas table like a pro

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Tips to make your Christmas dinner look more festive

The Christmas meal is one of the most important parts of the day for many people. It’s the time when everyone can get together and enjoy great food and Christmas cracker jokes. Laying your table with festive decorations and colours will make the experience even more special. A little can go a long way when choosing things that will look good on your table. Here are some of our suggestions…

1.       Firstly, lay down a tablecloth

Putting down a tablecloth before everything else can add instant colour to your Christmas meal. Whether it’s the classic red and gold, snowy white or patterned with reindeer, a tablecloth can set the theme that you want for Christmas day.

Not only does it look good, but a cloth also avoids staining your table with food and drink. The material can easily be bunched up and thrown into the wash at the end of the day.

2.       Light some candles

Candles are a classic Christmas image, and they can make the table feel warm and intimate as the light glints off your carefully arranged glassware. The number of candles is up to you but do make sure they are safely placed on the table and not in harm’s way, so your food doesn’t go up in flames!

3.       Create a festive centrepiece

Have a go at finding or making your own centrepiece for the table to impress your loved ones. This can be as simple or extravagant as you like: wreaths, figurines, berries, branches, pinecones… the list is endless. Ideal Home has a few ideas. Make sure to save some room on the table for the turkey, though!

4.       Fold your napkins into interesting shapes

Try some creative napkin folding and amaze your guests with your skills. This video has lots of different styles including a poinsettia, a rose, a Christmas tree and a fold to place chocolate treats.

Consider whether you would like to match or contrast your napkins with your tablecloth so that your Christmas table comes together perfectly.

5.       Pack away your decorations once Christmas is over

When it’s time to put all of your Christmas decorations, tableware, and lights away, consider using a storage unit for safe keeping. You don’t want all this stuff cluttering your house when you only use it once a year. Some of your items might be made of glass, such as baubles and wine glasses, so have a look at our post about packing glassware for storage for some advice.

How much does storage cost monthly? That depends on the facility you use and what you’re storing. Have a look around and get a couple of quotes from different companies before you choose to get the best deal for you. Also, remember to insure your goods in storage. At Store and Insure, we may offer you a better price than the storage company you choose so get a quote from us today!

A festive feast

An amazing Christmas table is a feast for the eyes as well as your stomach.