If you are like us, your social media feeds at this time of year simultaneously fill you with excitement and dread. Excitement because you see all the beautiful possibilities of what your Christmas feast could look like – beautifully styled, perfectly executed, revered by all. Dread because you now have super high expectations and you don’t know where to start to pull something like that off! It’s such a busy time around the holidays, so it’s unlikely you’ll have a few free weeks to style a Christmas dinner party worthy of the Martha Stewart magazine.
Never fear! We have put together the simplest of styling tips that’ll make a huge difference to your festive celebration and will have your guests talking of your hosting abilities for years to come!
Choose an elegant styling theme
What all good styling has in common is cohesion – the textures, colours and accent points are all complementary and no one element steals the show from the others. Picking a simple but pretty colour theme is a great start – in many cases less is more! Instead of going the usual bright green & red or red & gold, think outside the box this season. Playing with neutral colours or natural tones can be seriously beautiful!
This may sound a little complex, so let us break it down for you. It is actually pretty simple! First, decide on what colours you’d like to feature on your Christmas table. It is best to stick to between three & five colours in total for your styling – two or three that are the feature and one or two complementary colours to provide interest. This year we’ve fallen in love with colour themes that are a bit quirky, or at least an interesting twist on the traditional green & red. We’ve included a few winter wedding colour palettes to show interesting festive colour combinations. We are especially in love with natural colours, tones and textures – we hope you find these gorgeous palettes as inspirational as we do!
Stunning images from: Image 1 – Gorgeous Christmas colour theme of greens, neutrals and a touch of rose gold. Image from Angie Sandy, Image 2 – Dark and moody Christmas colour theme, with grey-blue, berry and neutrals. Image from In Color Balance, Image 3 – Gold, silver, rose gold and blush Christmas colour theme from Weddbook, Image 4 – Beautiful red, green & neutral Christmas colour theme from The Sweetest Occasion, Image 5 – Organic, rustic, Christmas inspiration with neutrals, textures and greenery. Image from Want That Wedding, Image 6 – Stunning festive colour theme of dusty blue, white and red – great Christmas inspiration by Hey Wedding Lady, Image 7 – Beautiful Christmas colour theme of green and neutral with touches of red. Inspiration from The Sweetest Occasion, Image 8 – Beautiful neutral and natural Christmas colour palette inspiration, from The Sweetest Occasion, Image 9 – Beautiful winter inspired Christmas colour palette, of dusty blue, sage and neutrals. Image from The Sweetest Occasion
Narrow down your styling to suit your colour palette
Next – think about texture and layers. Within your colour palette, you can use varying shades of your primary colours to ensure your theme is well balanced. Also think about how you can utilise candles & candle holders, linen, crockery, cutlery and perhaps even fragrant herbs to add a talking point to your design. Adding brass, copper, gold or rose gold to a tablescape can often be that wow-factor that blows your guests away!
One of the tricks of the trade is to add elegant or cute little touches of the boldest colour, rather than have it dominate the theme. Some great examples include using red flowers, berries, apples, or red napkins to provide the element of colour, rather than having a bright red tablecloth or putting red into every part of your styling. Same with gold or any other bright styling element – you can add touches of this colour in your glasses, cutlery, placecards, candle holders, etc, without making your tablescape over-the-top blingy!
Here are some simple yet stunning Christmas colour palettes and styling themes to get your imagination flowing!
Natural & neutral
Gorgeous images from: Image 1 – Owl & Accordion, Image 2 – NORDINGÅRDEN, Image 3 – Style Estate, Image 4 – 100 Layer Cake, Image 5 – Once Wed, Image 6 & Image 11 – Elizabeth Anne Designs and Hey Wedding Lady, Image 7 – Buzzfeed, Image 8 – Seventy Nine Ideas , Image 9 – My Scandinavian Home, Image 10 – Bratte Bakka, Image 12 – Want That Wedding, Image 13 – Ruffled, Image 14 – Casa De Valentina
Modern red & green
Stunning images from: Image 1 – My Home Sweet Blog, Image 2 & Image 4 – Mod Wedding, Image 3 – 17 Apart, Image 5 – Home Bird, Image 6 – NORREGÅRD, Image 7 – Magnolia Rouge with photography by Lani Elias Fine Art Photography, Image 8 – the Glitter Guide with photography by Krista A Jones
White & silver or white & gold
Green & gold
Lovely images from: Image 1 – Peony Studio on Instagram, Image 2 – Style Me Pretty with photography by Jen & Chris Creed, Image 3 – Rock My Wedding with photography by Hayley Pettit Photography, Image 4 – Hey Wedding Lady with photography by onelove photography, Image 5 – Sarah Sherman Samuel, Image 6 – Stagetecture, Image 7 – Hostess With The Mostess, Image 8 – 100 Layer Cake
Hope these ideas have got you in the Christmas spirit! If you have any questions or need help with your Christmas styling, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!
Keep an eye out for our next post, in which we delve into the details of how to succeed at your Christmas styling. We’ll be chatting about signature holiday drinks, how to style your napkins, cute placecard ideas, and plenty more! In the meantime, see our Pinterest page for more inspiration! ♥