-10 to Christmas Eve! Can you believe?
Now that all decorations are up, it’s time to start thinking about the details of entertaining. So here is my proposal for a modern Christmas table setting!
To stay in line with my style, I’ve put together a minimal table décor, but I still wanted it to feel festive! I really like how it has turned out in the end, and I believe I succeeded in joining minimal and festive, but you’ll tell me what you think at the end!
The overall look is made of a lot of thoughtful small details, so let’s get started.
The place setting
To start with, no tablecloth nor placemats; just a white candid table.
The plates (that I just received as a birthday gift and I LOVE) have all what I like: a minimal and clean shape, with just a slightly bended edge that adds interest. The soup plate has no border, which makes it look way smaller than it actually is (it has passed the pasta-test of an Italian pasta lover, so we are fine!) This has allowed me to create a sleek and modern asymmetric design, with the soup plate sitting on the top right corner of the flat plate. The remaining empty space is just enough to fit the most festive gold cutlery (a limited edition of IKEA TILLAGD) and a name tag.
The slanted design continues with napkin, teaspoon and glass, that all sit tilted with respect to the table edge.
As a side note, a wide balloon glass is ideal if you want to own just one set of wine glasses.
I’ve asked the help of a sommelier friend and here is what he explained to me. Red wines are the most demanding, as they need a wider glass to breathe. So if a white wine will not be compromised when sitting in a wider glass, a red wine could have problems in a narrow glass, lacking the space to open and release its taste and perfumes.
End of the wine-parenthesis and my apologies to all wine-experts if I’ve used inaccurate terms!
Back to our modern Christmas table setting.
It’s actually the first time I go for a black napkin. But that white and beige floral pattern makes it way less heavy and complements the colour scheme perfectly.
You can find more inspiration on minimal table settings for every meal in the day in the linked post.
As a centrepiece, I certainly wanted something festive, but I also kept practicality clear in mind. In my family, we bring serving plates to the table and pass them from hand to hand. This makes for a lot of movement and the table gets busy with food.
So I created the idea of a runner scattering few black cardboard stars and mat gold baubles on the table. To add more magic, I’ve added battery-operated candles that twinkle as if they were real and I’ve sit them in small white porcelain containers. With their minimal yet particular shape, they add movement to the table setting while keeping it low in height as I wanted it to be.
Being mostly flat, this centrepiece allows to sit serving plates and bottles onto it if the need comes. And the battery-operated candles remove any risk of spills and burnings, making the table safe for younger kids as well.
To me, this modern Christmas table setting is all about the details.
Unusual slanted lines, interesting shapes in every single piece and a simple colour palette. Perfect for Christmas, this festive table will also work for New Year’s Eve. And really for any other gathering during the holidays!
Find more inspiration about a sustainable and minimal Christmas in these previous posts:
If you're setting a festive table for just two people, you may prefer (as I do) to sit them on two consecutive sides of the table. In this case, I like to tilt the centrepiece so that it visually connects the two place settings.
I hope this gave you some ideas for your Christmas table setting! And even more importantly, I wish you the merriest holidays! May they bring you some rest, a lot of fun and plenty of joyful moments to share with your loved ones!