Christmas Gatherings: Hostess Tablescapes

When it comes to entertaining guests over the Christmas period there’s lots to consider—what am I going to wear? What music will set the mood? And then the question we find most pressing of all, how will I decorate my table tops? See, we think dinner tables rival wardrobes in the showcase-your-taste stakes, and just like your attire there’s no one-style-fits-all solution. To provide a little table-dwelling inspiration, we’ve pulled together four spreads for four very different hostesses.

  • This setting’s for the minimalist. You find beauty in classic, simple and refined aesthetics, and even though you’ve been told white and black ‘aren’t real colours’, they’re your go-to.

  • These pieces are for the colour purveyor. Your love of all things bright and beautiful takes centre stage all over your home and makes a statement in your wardrobe too.

  • These settings are for the magpie. You’re eyes are drawn to anything that shimmers and lustrously gilded pieces can be found both in your jewellery box and your cutlery draw.

  • This tablescapes for the master of festivities. You decorate your tree in traditional red, gold and greens, always have a row of stockings and wish it could be Christmas every day.