How to set up a Christmas table

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Add a festive flourish to your Christmas dinner table with this beautiful, evergreen table setting. It’s simple to create and will provide a stunning centrepiece to your celebrations. Here’s how:

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1. Get inspired!

When deciding how to dress your Christmas table, a good place to start is by looking at your other decorations. If you’ve already got gold baubles on the tree, consider continuing that colour onto your table or choose a contrasting hue for added interest. We chose to dress ours with golds and silvers, which matched perfectly with our Christmas tree.

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2. Layer your table

The best way to make impact with your table setting is by using layers. Let’s face it, a plain white table cloth is never going to cut it on the big day – why not add a table runner for added texture and interest? If you don’t want to purchase one of these from a homewares store, why not check out the different materials available at Bunnings? 

Hessian, cut to size, makes a great runner, especially when paired with a rustic theme. While you’re in store, check out the painter’s drop sheets – these make fantastic tablecloths, especially if you’re joining several tables together for a big gathering. Once you’ve layered your runner, add other elements like bowls and plates, and finish with centralised boards to hold your courses once they’re ready to be served.

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3. Add festive flavour

Ornaments aren’t just for the tree – they also look great placed around the Christmas table. Grab some extra tree decorations or baubles and keep them aside to dress plates, or to add to centrepieces. Bunnings has a fantastic range in store – pick those that match your room’s décor.


4. Include a touch of greenery

Floral arrangements and plants look fantastic when placed centre-stage on your festive table. We chose to dress ours with a miniature conifer, picked up from Bunnings. Wrap your pot with extra hessian to match your décor, and tie a pretty bow with twine. If you want to go one step further, head into your garden and have a look at any foliage you may like to bring inside – a sprig of fresh rosemary looks beautiful when placed on a plate or tied up as a napkin ring. We decided to get creative and sprayed some sprigs of bottlebrush a gold colour, using White Knight Super Gold spray paint, to match our décor. You can spray any foliage you find to match your table setting – the sky’s the limit! And Bunnings has all the colours you may need.

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5. Add candles and you’re good to go!

Add some candles for soft lighting – and you’re done! Lunch is in the oven, the guests are on their way, and all you need to do now is to have a very merry Christmas!

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We have plenty more Christmas craft ideas to choose from or you can head to your local Bunnings store's craft aisle for inspiration.

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