Christmas Dining: Do It Your Way

Habitat crockeryOf course the big tradition with the Christmas table is to go for reds and golds, maybe some silver, or even adopt a very popular Scandinavian look and keep it stark and minimal. But there is another way, and we don’t always have to follow traditions.

Last week I wrote about how one brand is encouraging you to do Christmas in your own style. Take the traditions and turn them on their head. Do something a little different, because it’s all about you and what you love.

So today I thought I’d challenge the idea of how you dress your Christmas table. I’m all for traditions of course, but there is a way to introduce different little touches without losing the essence of Christmas.

I’ve been trying out some lovely pieces from Habitat in their dining room section and thought they would look perfect with a Christmas slant.

HabitatThe Esmerelda crockery range is bright, contemporary and a brilliant fit for our home. I love the mismatched, yet co-ordinating pieces that give the table pops of colour and make dining a little more fun. I’m used to using simple white crockery so this has been a refreshing change.

And I still think this can look effective on a Christmas table. Add lots of fairy lights and candles, some silver napkin rings and lots of green foliage on a centre piece. Add white crackers if you can find them, and wrap the cutlery in twine with a decorative cinnamon stick to finish the look. My napkins were a Christmas gift from Amanda at The Ana Mum Diary last year, and I’ve used them so much. I’ve also got a few of these Habitat Verne dining chairs (packed away currently whilst the building work continues) which are simple and sleek.

Dining pre christmasIf the above ideas are a little too much for you and you simply can’t deviate from the traditions, why not use a set of colourful crockery for a pre-Christmas gathering? Mugs of hot chocolate and mince pies can still look festive on yellows and blacks, and adding twinkling candlelight gives that true Christmas feel.

Christmas diningWith all the building work still going on in our home at the moment, I’ve honestly not given too much thought on how I’ll be dressing my table just yet, but I do want to put a different spin on it for a change. Safe to say, these mince pies were quickly gobbled up soon after these photos were taken!

How will you be dressing your Christmas table this year?

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Suze
    December 11, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    The colourful crockery really sets off those mince pies beautifully

    • Jen Stanbrook
      December 11, 2015 / 4:19 pm

      Thanks Suze, it’s a nice contrast isn’t it 🙂

  2. Tilly
    December 16, 2015 / 3:36 pm

    I like traditional Christmas dining, but I love experimenting in the kitchen, so it’s always different. I’m still wondering what should i do this year to surprise the kiddos 🙂

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