Make sure your Christmas feast gets the setting it deserves on your dining table this season. From a show-stopping centerpiece to the best table linen and dinnerware, your tablescape should set the scene for the most important meal of the year. Kristina Lindhe, Lexington founder, shares her expert advice on how to set the table in style this festive season…
Layering & Colouring
Laying a table with warm red table linens and bringing lots of cozy wool throws, animal furs, alpine cushions and blankets creates a wonderful chalet feel. I love to keep it traditional and add a modern and personal twist. Keep it simple, a reclaimed wooden table layered with placemats, crockery and a patterned napkin is all you need to create a magical Christmas look.
Pick out the tones of the tablecloth with natural foliage, bring the outdoors in. Holly leaves work really well with red, or green foliage, take inspiration from a cabin in the woods – find pleasure in the small details.
Introduce glowing candles, big platters and fragrant welcoming drinks intertwined with cinnamon sticks and Christmas tree clippings.
Don’t over complicate the decoration it’s about the people –friends and family coming together and having a good time. I think Christmas is a time to treasure family traditions, your home and your loved ones, as well as a time to welcome new friends and the coming New Year.
Use Different Heights
Build up from the tablecloth and runner and create a display using different heights from the glasses, serving dishes and vases. Ensure you don’t create a look which blocks off the table or is too tall and restricts the flow of happy holiday conversation between friends and family.
The Rest of the House
A Christmas tree outdoors and inside, fresh new linens, logs by the fire and cozy bed linen, with sweets and cookies – these help create a real holiday-home feeling.
The Personal Touch
Add a personal touch to your Christmas table with home-made decorations, personalized place-cards for your guests and family, children will enjoy more colorful ones and it makes everyone feel at home. You can attach name cards to holiday candy apples for guests to take home with them when they leave.
You don’t always need festive crackers to have a good time, this year we created bell napkins which I can imagine will be enjoyed by the whole family especially as the evening draws in and you start to sing carols and Christmas songs.
Leave Enough Space
The most important part of the day are friends, family and food so make sure that you keep enough space on the table for the hot turkey sweet cranberry sauce.
Kristina also shares one of her favourite festive recipes with us below…
Grandpa’s Roasted Turkey
1 turkey 8lb (4 kg), lightly salted
The juice of one lemon
½ stick (60 g/2oz/4 tbsp) butter
Salt and white pepper
Preheat the oven to 345° F (175° C).
Rub lemon juice and spices into the skin and tie the thighs to the chest of bird.
Place in roasting pan and brush with melted butter. Let it roast for 2-3 hours.
For color and taste pour the juices from the pan over the bird at least three times. The meat should reach a temperature of 160°F ( 72° C) in the middle (place thermometer in the thigh of the bird). Let it rest for 15 minutes. Carve and serve.
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