Visual Feast: The Ultimate Christmas Table
Build an enchanting centrepiece to your festive feast with tips from Liberty Buying Manager for Home, Bryony Sheridan.
At the heart of the Christmas festivities is the table, so be sure to make your feast speak. This year, we’re celebrating a return to harmony, and a showstopping display solidifies the spirit of coming together once more – however heated the conversation may get. With a folk-inspired scheme that sets the tone for celebration, Buying Manager for Home, Bryony Sheridan, shares her tablescaping tips for a glistening backdrop to the revelry.
“Commit to your colour palette, then add to it, piece by piece – it should reflect the mood and space. Choosing an accent colour is always a great starting point, and candles are an easy shortcut. I am never a true traditionalist when it comes to Christmas, and although I like to use flashes of red, the burgundy and burnt orange tones, filled with pops of gold and lush greenery, give me the playfulness I need on Christmas Day.”
“You can get away with being bold for Christmas; it’s the time to go all out. This year, my mood is very folk-inspired, capturing the idea of togetherness. You know the table is going to be full, so include your favourite things. I love the striped tablecloth by Anna + Nina as it encourages a richness to the table but isn’t too serious. It’s an ideal match with the Les Ottomans radicchio plates, the perfect addition to any Christmas table.”
Flames + Florals
“Get the glow with as many candles and candlesticks as you can fit on the table, dotted in between serving dishes and glasses. The warmth of the flame lifts the table, not just adding height with a variety of candlesticks, but allowing that twinkling of light to divert your eyes up and down, expanding the scope of the table.”
“A few buds can go a long way. As a floral obsessive, I often display a maximalist bouquet to the side of the table, scattering in my favourite blooms in jam jars, or using Aperitivo bottles as little vases, for the centre of the table.”
“While a series of white, red and water glasses are incredibly chic, I rarely include a family of glasses on the table as they take up too much room. I like a wine or champagne glass, with a water tumbler. Having too many feels cluttered and clunky. In an ideal world, I would be sipping champagne all December long!”
“Following a family tradition, I always include gifts on the table. These can be in handmade crackers or even hidden – this year it’s Vilshenko candles, dotted around the table. Characterful details are essential. They are a great talking point and allow your personality to come through – and, if you’re lacking skills in the kitchen, an ideal distraction. Often there are family heirlooms for the Christmas table or it’s when the Santa mug or robin salt and peppers come out!”