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The ultimate guide to creating the most beautiful (and guest friendly) Christmas table-setting

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Five unique and on-trend Christmas table setting ideas for you to try this December. 

As much as we adore Christmas, seeing the same old red and green combo can get pretty predictable. Of course, we’ll always be a sucker for those iconic seasonal symbols, like a sprig of holly or a cute robin motif, but this year we’re keen to mix things up a little. 

Papier is widely regarded as the one stop shop for all things pretty and papery, particularly because of the huge range of designers it works with. All of them are unique, but manage to share that skill in creating something that captures the mood of the moment perfectly, looking bang-on trend.

When it comes to pairing up colour palettes and creating an aesthetic that works, these guys know their stuff. Here, creative director Christina Forman talks us through all the ways you can up your game for 25 December, from themes that work for the festive period to colour palettes you should be using. Oh, and because we’re nice we’ve scouted out some products ready for you to buy, so you can recreate the ideas for yourself without too much faff. 

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1. Stray from a traditional colour palette 

Think there’s only a home for pastels in the summer months? Think again. Although Christmas is usually reserved for red and green colour wheels, pastels make for a fashion-forward decor look. 

Forman recommends “embracing a bohemian spirit with an extravagantly colourful bash” and reckons that designs from artist Luke Edward Hall are the best way to pull this off. She says that “his collection of invitations and menus, with free-flowing illustrations of classical columns and cocktails will add a touch of insouciant glamour to your celebrations.”

2. Choose a theme

“Some people avoid a theme for fear of it being naff but picking a focus and sticking to it can really help beyond the table - it also can set the tone for the dress code,” Forman explains. 

To nail New Year’s glamour, she thinks an Art Deco inspired theme works well. Dress your kitchen table with gold and navy and encourage guests to don their black tie.

3. Make sure your centrepiece doesn’t obstruct your guest’s view

Sounds like an obvious one, but how many times have you sat across the table from someone and spent all night bending your neck to see them? Although we take decor very seriously, flowing conversation around the dinner table is a teensy bit more important for a successful Christmas dinner.

Forman says that “single stem arrangements are perfect, so pick colours that match your menus. The celosia flower (pictured above) is a fun conversation starter - commonly known as cockscomb as the flower looks like the head on a rooster. I often choose stems from my local market or splash out with Flowerbx blooms.”

4. Take inspiration from 2018’s biggest decor trends 

“Translate the interior trends of 2018 to your table. Marble has been everywhere in homeware this year so incorporate some into your table. It’s perfect for when you’re ready to party in style,” says Forman. 

She also advises clearing some of the more classic Christmas trends like candy canes and foliage to make room for the celestial theme that’s been so big this autumn, using gold streamers, stars and disco balls .

5. Don’t limit baubles to the tree

There are so many incredibly gorgeous, intricately designed baubles out there that it would be a shame to only have one chance to showcase them. Forman is a fan of using baubles in different aspects of her decorations, and so are we. From the ends of curtain rails, or piled into a bowl or vase, there are a few different ways you could go. 

Last year pineapples provided a mini Christmas tree opportunity. You could pop one in the center of your table and decorate the exterior with a range of themed baubles for a unusual Christmas decor look.

Imgaes: Courtesy of brands / Papier

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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