Festive Tableware

Doing some entertaining this season? Set the mood with some stylish and festive tableware


You’ve got to hand it to The White Company. Its festive table retains the neutral-hued simplicity the brand is known for, while being fittingly OTT for the Christmas season. The trickery at work? Texture. Think etched glass, burnished metal and lightly frosted accessories, all offset with casually thrown sheepskins and plumes of pampas grass. Consider your Christmas 2018 ‘look’ sorted

Mercury pillar candleholder, £25; Mercury Frill top tealight holder, £6; Diamond-etched curved candleholder, £25; Mercury Dinner candleholder, £20; gold mercury 8cm bauble with etching and glitter, £6; gold mercury mini bauble, £4; and Tibetan sheepskin rug, from £125, thewhitecompany.com


Bring your Christmas home to life with the flicker of candlelight. Recreate this merry scene with an array of candleholders from The White Company – the new designs will bring warmth and elegance to celebrations.

Glass pillar holders, H15xD9.2cm, £20 each, H25xD9.3cm, £25 each; Etched curved candleholders, £25 each, thewhitecompany.com


If you’re convinced napkin rings veer more towards naff than nice, head to French interiors emporium Caravane. The brand’s hand-moulded, gold metal designs will change the way you think about the humble serviette holder and they’ll to bring a little bit of Parisian chic to your festive table.

Floria napkin ring, £7, caravane.co.uk


Although Christmas needn’t be a blingy affair, a little glitz never goes amiss at this time of year. Stick to one metallic finish on a few striking pieces and suddenly your festive look is more ooh la la than OTT. Broste Copenhagen knows the deal. Its weighty, brass-finish candlesticks are guaranteed to get the family peering up from their Christmas dinners. Each individual piece has been given a sculptural twist, which is a thing this season. Tabletop delights that really are worth their weight in gold.

Ball, from £32 each; Plexi, £40; Flower, £36.50; and Geog, £129, brostecopenhagen.com


The perfect finishing touch to make your Yuletide celebrations go with a bang

If you have a passion for pattern, these are the crackers for you:

Crackers, L32cm, £39 for six, Toast, 0333 400 5200, toa.st.

Beautifully handcrafted in striking geometric patterns:

Cocktail Christmas crackers, L33cm, £110 for six, Harrods, 020 7730 1234, harrods.com.

Pretty butterflies will bring cheer to your sumptuous festive table…

Crackers, L30cm, £49 for six, Designers Guild, 020 7351 5775, designersguild.com.


Maximalist interiors have had more than their fair share of the spotlight, so let’s spare a thought for the more minimally inclined among us. Purveyor of all things understated, Also Home is the place to find inspiration for a less-is-more approach. Team its Krem ceramics with its washed linen for a setting worthy of a Vermeer still life.

Krem candleholders, from £23; Krem plates, from £14; garment washed linen tablecloth in Citrine, £65, and garment washed linen napkin in Citrine, £26 for four, alsohome.com


Add a decorative touch to your festive tipples with the sophisticated Ada champagne saucers from Oliver Bonas. The saucers cost £34 for four, and the delicate etchings make them a charming update on a classic and will certainly put all your guests in a jolly mood. Wine and Martini styles are also available. Three cheers to that.

Ada champagne saucers, £34 for four, oliverbonas.com


Not content with bringing delicious food to our tables, Ottolenghi is now giving us luxury table linen. Created by artist Ivo Bisignano and hand-painted with an O motif, everything in the collection is made from the highest quality organic linen that has been woven on a traditional loom in the north of Italy.

Prices start at £20 for a napkin, ottolenghi.co.uk

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