Set the scene with these stylish table setting ideas


‘Tis the season to be jolly and what better way to let your creative juices flow than with a fresh take on decorating your Christmas lunch table, so pack away that dusty old traditional festive table décor and let us inspire you.

If you’re tired of your table linens, check your closet. We used a scarf as a runner here and mixed pink with gold accents.  We took pieces of broken terracotta pots that we painted gold and gave them new life as name cards.

Using black paper as your base, write the names of guests above the plates with a white paint pen.

DIY napkin rings by stringing cranberries on a thin wire and tying it into a circle with a sprig of eucalyptus.

Glass vases in a cabinet are just like the LBD in your closet: They’re easy, versatile and timeless. Try adding greenery and coloured candles for a festive centrepiece in your dining room.

Short on linens? Cute tea towels can sub in for place mats and napkins, and they’ll get plenty of use after the big day.

Living in Durban most of us have gardens filled with big beautiful leafy plants. Grab some leaves and some gold paint and give it a swirl of paint … easy peasy.

For a more dramatic hanging piece you can use a hook and ribbon to suspend greens from the ceiling above your table. If you love the look, but have a permanent light fixture then drape pine around the frame and secure with ribbon.

A bit of greenery is all your neutral linens need. After making name cards with cut cardboard, secure the tags to a circle of leaves welcoming each guest.

Black and grey look suddenly festive with lots of rustic touches, like wrapped succulents, flickering candles and bowls of walnuts. Keep it casual by swapping formal wine glasses for oozy coffee mugs.

Black, white, and neon yellow aren’t the traditional palette, but they look fresh on baubles and paper Christmas trees. For each not-so evergreen, use printed card stock or paint your own mod patterns.

Re-purpose wine bottles by turning empty bottles into holiday-ready candleholders. Just add some silver wrapping paper and lush green ribbons for pizzazz.

Include festive fruit in your table décor. In ancient Greece, pomegranates were consumed on holy days. If the red fruit doesn’t make it onto your Christmas menu don’t worry, any fruit will turn this table runner into a mouth-watering spectacle.

Whatever you choose, it’s always about who gets to share the joy around the table with you, so sit back, relax and enjoy this silly season with your loved ones.