One of the highlights of festive decorating for me is dressing the Christmas table. I like my kitchen table to be set in all its festive finery for the duration of the season, but that doesn’t mean breaking the bank or going overboard. Candles, greenery and festive fabrics will all make the table look Christmas-ready in a flash. Firstly, you need to choose your colour scheme. I went for red, white and green, with a Scandinavian-inspired feel. The starting point was this Scandi style Christmas fabric from John Lewis, which formed the basis of this year’s table setting and the last of my festive Rosie Makes in collaboration with JL Edinburgh: a DIY Christmas table runner.
To make your own Christmas runner, you will need to measure the width and length of your table. For the width of my runner, I measured a third of the width of my table and allowed 1 cm seam allowance on either side (if you have more time, you could allow 2 cm and fold in twice for a neater finish). For the length, decide how much overhang you want at either end of the table; I left it quite long as we have a leaf in the table that we put in when we have more guests, and I wanted it to work both ways! Next, you want to press your seams. For the long edges, measure in 1 cm down the entire length, pressing wrong sides of the fabric together. Then you can pin and tack but I was in a hurry!
For the pointed ends, simply measure halfway along the width and fold the fabric into a point, then press neatly.
Now it’s time to sew: you need to stitch all away round the runner, starting with the long edge. When you get to the corner where the point starts, leave the needle in the fabric and pivot, sew almost to the end and then pivot again to turn the corner. Pivot when you get to the end of the corner, sew the next long edge and then follow the fabric around the next point until you reach your starting stitches. Simple!
Simply trim the excess on the pointed ends, press your runner again and position in the middle of your table. You could put it over the top of a plain sheet as a makeshift table cloth or leave your table uncovered like I did. Then I simply dressed the table with gathered greenery, lots of candles, fairy lights and my best crockery (c/o Denby), sparkly glasses and a wee smattering of vintage and modern props. I tied the cutlery on top of each plate with some sparkly twine, a small piece of greenery and woodland creature each, with names on parcel tags. More Christmas table inspo here, and remember to check out my DIY pom-pom garland, snow globes and foraged baubles too.
How do you dress your Christmas table?
Fabric, thread and sparkly twine c/o John Lewis; plates c/o Denby; vintage glassware; candle holders from Art and Vintage Edinburgh, with vintage taper candles; scented stars and tea lights from The White Company; light-up snow globes from M&S; wooden animals from Meri Meri via Biscuit Bruntsfield; parcel tags via Tiger.