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How to create a coastal Christmas table

Stylist Allira shows you how to keep it simple and elegant with textured pieces and a DIY table runner using native foliage. 

​Foliage Centrepiece

What you'll need:
2 bunches of eucalyptus silver dollar gum
Burlap-wrapped baubles (or other rustic ornaments)

Step 1: 
Separate bunches, laying out stems in size groupings. 

Step 2:
Neaten up stem bases by cutting at a 45 degree angle with the secateurs. 

Step 3: 
Lay the largest stems on the table first, with stem bases pointing towards the middle of the table. 

Step 4: 
Lay smaller stems on top, filling in any gaps. 


Table Setting

What you'll need:
Meadow Paper Weave Placemats 
Vintage-Wash Fringed Linen Napkins 
Borough 240ml Cocktail Glasses 
Stoneware dinner set 
Stainless steel cutlery set 

Step 1 :
Lay out placemats and coasters for each setting.
Top Tip: Rattan placemats and coasters add texture to your table and anchor each place setting, striking the balance between casual and formal. 

Step 2 : 
Layer crockery for each course - you can't go wrong with a dinner plate, side plate and small bowl. 
Top Tip: Dinnerware featuring neutral glazes or slightly imperfect shapes adds a handmade and timeless feel to your table. 

Step 3 : 
Add glassware and cutlery. There aren't any rules on placement! Keep it casual and place items wherever there is space around each setting. 
Top Tip: Quality dinnerware adds an elegant feel. Look for fine stemmed glassware and 18/20 grade stainless steel cutlery to elevate your festive dining experience. 

Step 4 : 
Fold napkins neatly and place on top of each crockery stack. 
Top Tip: Linen napery is robust and softens with use. Details like frayed edges add an effortlessly coastal touch, while muted colours work with multiple dining looks. 

Step 5 :
Garnish each setting with a burlap bauble or other decoration to add festivity to your table. 
Top Tip: Christmas decorations at each setting personalise your table and make guests feel even more special. Opt for natural materials like jute or wood to add tactility and match the foliage centrepiece. 


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