Feel festive this Christmas with colourful table linen

13th of December, 2010 Bookmark and Share

Richard Haworth brings you a top five of essential flourishes for amateur Christmas dinner party hosts, or anyone hoping to make this year's festive gathering a bit special. You can integrate your own ideas with our tips to ensure the ideal atmosphere; you could make it a night to remember.

Assembling a beautiful environment starts with top quality table linen, which should be contemporary but in a hardwearing fabric. A traditional white, Nordic green, classic gold or warm red themed table is not difficult to create, as our table linens are available in a choice of different hues but still boast a cotton rich feel. Great food and great company will be beautifully complemented by this luxury table linen. Placemats are fundamental to make your table look attractive for guests, but they are also wonderful for defending the table from spills, hot plates and scratches. Choose a colour that suits the occasion, such as silver, gold or burgundy, so you can mix and match with your table linen and Christmas napkins. Steer clear of flowery fabrics; they may make your table appear too busy. Not much looks nicer than matching crockery and cutlery. Bring a touch of class to your soiree with a full set of plain cutlery; it won't empty your wallet, so your dining room revamp can be a great value investment. A traditional and simple plate design, like classic white, means obtaining spares or replacements will be much easier, so you can maintain a full set of matching crockery. An artistic centrepiece is essential for evoking a little Christmas spirit, so don't forget it. Putting some leftover Christmas tree baubles in a transparent container can create a stunning centrepiece, without spending anything. And of course, no festive dinner would be complete without candles. They really set the tone of a dinner party, conjuring up a warm and relaxing ambience. Most importantly, don't forget the food! Asking guests in advance about their dietary requirements and preferences will make it easier to prepare and cater for each individual's needs. Elegant glasses frequently refilled with a ready supply of different beverages will also keep your guests happy – it is Christmas after all!

Your big night can get off to a flying start with these five elements, but must be completed by your own unique taste. Most important of all however, try to enjoy your Christmas dinner party: if you have fun, your guests are sure to follow suit.

David Stockton
David Stockton writes for www.richardhaworth.co.uk, providers of luxury hotel and restaurant linens since 1876.