A stylish celebration

Belinda Neame and Tim Bean

Christmas is a time to bring friends and family together to celebrate the year gone by.

Stylist, HerCanberra’s Production Manager Belinda Neame, gives her tips for creating a beautifully-styled table for an unforgettable celebration using products from Westfield Belconnen and Westfield Woden.

Colour Palette

Tones of white, green and gold combine to create a textural feast for the senses.

Your venue/surroundings is the largest factor which will influence your choice of colour palette. The Social Club provides a stunning neutral backdrop with all-white walls, high ceilings, whitewashed floors and beech wood tables—pops of emerald green and pink in their furniture provide focal points.

 

Emerald Green Velvet Chairs and Trestle Table from The Social Club, Kingston (included in hire cost) wearethesocialclub.com.au. Table florals and hanging hoop florals from The Floral Society—thefloralsociety.com.au.

When developing a colour palette, it’s best to work with a primary and secondary colour palette and then add accents.  Our primary colour was green; secondary, grey (charcoal and pale grey); and accent colours were gold with pops of pink.

This colour palette made for a bold but balanced table setting.

Layering

Layering is a must for table styling.

It adds depth to your table and is also practical, ensuring all your guests have easy access to their crockery, cutlery, glassware and napery without having to leave the table once seated.

Milano Tablecloth in Silver and White – 180 x 320cm ($119.95), Milano Napkin in Silver ($39.95 for set of four), Diamond Footed Tealight Holder Amber ($9.95 ea), all available from Bed Bath & Table, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen.

Soho Side Plate ($11.95 ea), Soho Dinner Plate ($12.95 ea), Madrid Flute ($29.95 for box of four), and Madrid White Wine $29.95 for box of four), available from David Jones, Westfield Woden.

Espen Glass Candleholder ($29.95), Carin Glass Candleholder ($24.95), Elsa Glass Candleholder ($14.95), Onyx and White Siena Pillar Candle ($6.95 ea), Onyx and White Siena Dinner Candle ($1.50 ea), available from Provincial Home Living, Westfield Belconnen.

Gold Cutlery set ($19.00), available from Kmart, Westfield Belconnen.

Florals from thefloralsociety.com.au.

Keep it simple.

Here are some tips to build your layers.

Napery

Start with a tablecloth and add napkins in a matching or complementary tone. If you aren’t keen on a full tablecloth, consider a table runner instead.

Crockery

Depending on your menu, use entrée and main plates for each place setting.  If styling a two-course meal, use main plates and dessert bowls/plates.

Cutlery + Glassware

Cutlery laid on the table adds texture, while water glasses, jugs and wine glasses give height.

Furniture

Dining chairs can also act as a layer—instead of using a set matching chairs, consider having a few different styles with different textures.

Florals from thefloralsociety.com.au.

Handmade Touches

Consider sweet handmade touches.

Deer Cookies, stylist’s own.

If you are keen to get creative and steer away from a clichéd festive table covered in store bought bon bons, consider these sweet handmade touches.

  • Bake some Christmas-shaped vanilla shortbread cookies and tie them to the napkins.
  • Tie a sprig of greenery to your cutlery with a beautiful ribbon and place on top of your plates.
  • Handwrite name cards and add a handmade chocolate truffle.
  • Print your menu on some beautiful card and place on each plate.
  • Make some homemade bon bons that match the colour palette and fill them with sweet treats or quirky little gifts.

Paper Straws in Black & Gold Stripe ($5.95 for pack of 25) and Coupe Porcelain Bowl ($19.95, 30cm), from Wheel & Barrow, Westfield Belconnen. Diamond Footed Tealight Holder Grey ($9.95 each), available from Bed Bath & Table, Westfield Woden and Westfield Belconnen.

Light and Florals

Considering your surroundings and the available space on your table will help determine your floral and lighting options.

Candles are a beautiful addition to any table and help create a warm atmosphere—be mindful of their position and height to ensure guests’ visibility isn’t affected. A good option is to have candles that vary in height so they can be staggered.

The easiest approach with florals is to work with the colour palette and go from there—be sure to choose arrangements that suit your table. If you have a narrow table, consider using a thin run of greenery down the centre. Have a bit more room to move? Use vases of florals at each end of the table for balance.

Soho Side Plate ($11.95 ea), Soho Dinner Plate ($12.95 ea), Madrid Flute ($29.95 for box of four), and Madrid White Wine $29.95 for box of four), available from David Jones, Westfield Woden. Whiskey Glass ($7.49, 355ml), all from Wheel & Barrow, Westfield Belconnen.

High ceilings, like those at The Social Club, will allow you to be a bit more creative. Consider hanging green wreaths in varying sizes above the table for a stylish Christmas touch, or mix it up with some lighting and florals.

The table is set, ready for feasting!

This is a sponsored post. Find out more here. Photography by Tim Bean Photography.

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Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author

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Tim Bean

A fire fighter by day (and night), Tim also loves being behind the lens to capture all things food, people and places. You can often find Tim drinking coffee at his local or capturing a time lapse on Anzac Parade! More about the Author

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