Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turn the Tables This Christmas; GABRIELLE FAGAN Reveals How to Lay on the Festive Style with a Terrific Table Setting

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Turn the Tables This Christmas; GABRIELLE FAGAN Reveals How to Lay on the Festive Style with a Terrific Table Setting

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The festive season is almost upon us, which means it's time to step up to the table - and transform it into a stunning setting for the most important meal of the day (or of the year, really).

Choose from a colour scheme of silver, gold or classic red and white (maybe with a dash of Highland tartan) for a Christmas table that will attract just as many compliments as the food.

We've already scoped out the best buys on the high street; all you need to do is choose your favourites, and then pop on some carols and set the scene...

SET A SILVER SHIMMER "Forget any minimalist tendencies and go all out with the glamour and sparkle this Christmas. Gold or silver are festive favourites, but this year, also consider introducing dark, moody tones," says Clare Harris, managing director at Talking Tables (

"A grey or even black tablecloth creates a dramatic backdrop, and Gold and animal print make for a funky table setting: Leopard-print dinner set, currently reduced from PS25 to PS20; Glitter stag ornament, PS5, George Home at Asda shows off your table decorations more effectively than white. If you're going for a single colour, use a mix of textures and finishes.

"A collection of beautiful mercury glass baubles moves a silver scheme from classic to contemporary, especially with the introduction of glittering disco balls.

"Surprise your guests by taking your table scheme in new directions," she adds.

"Clusters of paper honeycomb, and pom-pom decorations hung overhead, are a new approach to table decorating, which saves crucial table space and elevates the setting."

Red, white and tartan touches make for a truly traditional table: Pine cone candelabra, PS45, and pine cone dinner candle holder, PS17.50; Set of 3 berry tree picks, PS5; Set of 4 tartan napkins, PS15; Bistro dinner plate, PS6, and side plate, PS5; 80 silver LED wire lights, PS9.50, all Marks and Spencer Make a table sparkle with silver and white: Luxury Hotel Collection Harrington 44 piece cutlery set, PS130; Linea set of 10 copper and champagne crackers, PS18 for pack of 10; Linea Hotel Collection Pembury glassware, from PS22; Linea paper stars LED lights, PS14; Silver effect mercury bauble, PS6; Star Votive candleholder, from PS8-PS20: Prelit natural snow garland, all House of Fraser | TIP: Iridescent decorations are particularly effective at picking up the light and work beautifully with silver tones. Choose a variety of shapes and sizes, hang from the ceiling with clear wire and attach with removable sticky hooks. For a super-glamorous party-feel, hang a metallic foil curtain behind your table.

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GO FOR GLITTERING GOLD "The Christmas table is an opportunity to go completely OTT and let your creative flair run wild. …

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