If you’ve ever hosted a luncheon, dinner party or festive get together you know the
agony fun of deciding on your table theme and decorations.
There are so many styles and ideas out there though that I always struggle to decide what I want to do and the creation of Pinterest has now made that struggle so much harder. I’ll be honest though, in the past I’ve always kept it pretty simple, namely for a lack of time, too many ideas and not actually being able to pull off what I want to do.
So now that I’m hosting Christmas lunch again this year I thought to heck with it. I’m going all out! Well maybe not “all out”, but I definitely want something nice and maybe a bit different, not just a small glittery tree in the middle of each table.
I wanted to create a beautiful Australian table that’s not too matchy-matchy with the rest of our house or decorations. I’m now also ‘only’ hosting 20 people for lunch, but that’s still a huge amount even for our big house. So I’ve decided to go with a buffet table for the food allowing me heaps of room to decorate our main table.
So if you’re looking for something rustic and simple to throw together; here’s a step-by-step of how to create my rustic Christmas table.
What you’ll need:
A few slices of timber – I’ve used fresh cut Jarrah from our block. But you could really use any kind of bush timber or branches from your backyard.
Plain white Pillar candles
Pile of white tea light candles
A mix of baubles in a contrasting colour
Lengths of Eucalyptus branches, leaves and loose gumnuts – Or any kind of fresh greenery that you like
Crisp white table cloths
Name tags and string
I decided to do a run-through of my table settings and placements to ensure I’ve got everything I need for Christmas day and to check how many extra tables and chairs I need. Since I’m hosting for so many people now I’m going to have to mix and match my good crockery with my every day crockery. Not the end of the world I must say as it’s all variations of black and white.. which you really can’t go too wrong with. But one of these days I’m going to invest in a beautiful set of Christmas crockery…. but well, that’s not a high priority at the moment.
Now you could really use any type of wood slices you like, but I love the rich colours of jarrah and we happen to have some beautiful logs laying around our new block. I just asked my sexy husband to go cut me some!
- Lay out your white linen and place one wood slice per table. Or if you’re looking for a real statement piece you could stagger 3 slices at different heights.
- Pop 1 large pillar candle in the center and wrap a small twig or branch around the base hooking the end into itself. Scatter the surrounds with small white tea light candles. You could use any configuration of candles and a cluster of candles would look particularly festive. Seeing as it’s summer here and will be quite warm come Christmas day I want to keep the heat level down and not have too many open flames!
- Take the branches and leaves and run them down the center of the table on either side of the wood and candle. Layer some of the branches over each other to give it a sense of height.
- Use some gumnuts and baubles to sprinkle through the leaves. Then add a few extra tealights throughout the foliage ensuring to keep open flames away from any dry pieces. We don’t want anything catching fire while Gran’s enjoying her Christmas pud!
- Set your crockery and cutlery out, along with any wine or water glasses and add any necessities like salt and pepper shakers etc. Add 1 gumnut to the center of each plate or bowl using a piece of string attach your name tag.
- Take a moment, stand back and check out your handiwork. Be sure to take a few quick photos of your settings, this is especially handy if you’re delegating the job of dressing the table to someone else or if you’ve just forgotten exactly what you did.
Now you can tick one more thing off your Christmas to do list and have one less thing to worry about come Christmas day.
Comment below and let me know how you’re decorating your table this year?