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Entertaining 30 October 2023

Nail your Festive Table this Holiday Season

Step up your tablescape this festive season with homewares so good, you'll be feeling merry, no matter what you celebrate.

Not to alarm you, but there are a mere 8 weeks until the end of the year. The festive season fast approaching, time to stock up on goodies to make your table settings the best they've ever been. Whether you're hosting Christmas lunch with the dam, a friendmas, and end of year celebration or anything in between, feel inspired below.

Words By Brittany Lyons


The best place to start when building your ultimate festive tablescape is undoubtedly the linen that creates the foundation for the whole look.

Whether you’re opting for a tablecloth, placemats, a table runner or some special tea towels, we’er already spoilt for choice when it comes to linen options that embrace the holiday season.

For a classic tablecloth to add to your repertoire that is absolutely versatile enough to use all year round, let us draw your attention to the brand, Heritage. Heritage offers, as it name suggests, traditional and classic style tablecloths that will never go out of style.

The Florence Scalloped Edge Tablecloth in both red and gold offer a festive subtly that will be appreciated for many holiday seasons to come!

For something a little on the fun side, Adairs have a very Australiana themed holiday collection of table linen. Make sure you check out the Festive Christmas Botanical Tablecloth, matching Tea Towels, the ideal choice for a day time event with lots of animals for the kiddos.

Misette Pink & Orange Grid Embroidered Linen Placemat Set, $305, SSENSE


What comes in place after the table linen has been laid? The plats, serving ware and centrepieces, of course!

When it comes to plates and platters around the holiday season, you don’t need to default to your regular crockery, why not opt for something a little more special instead?

The brand Heritage, as mentioned above, is again nailing the subtle festive homewares, this time with the Rope Dinner Plate in Gold. Perfect for a formal style Christmas dinner to impress your whole crew, the twist with the gold rim is just the right amount of glam.

The perfect accompaniment to the classic Australian holiday delicacy, Pavlova, around the end of the year, has got to be this Heritage Avenue Cake in pale pink. The fluffy white cake sitting atop the pastel coloured ceramic would make the perfect pop!

For a centrepiece good enough to leave on the table, all year long, the Tom Dixon Small Press Bowl in glass would be the ideal vessel for some lemons, some holly or Christmas candies.

Harlie Brown Studio SSENSE Exclusive Green & White Marbled Stars Delight Cereal Bowl, $95, SSENSE


Something to cheers to the end of 2023, to family and to fun? We’ve got you covered.

You can look at glassware as the frosting to bring the entire table together. Where classic champagne flutes add a heritage charm, colourful and textured glassware adds a contemporary feel. The option of what to drink from, is totally up to you!

Personally, I’m a big fan of busy glassware. Whether its colour, texture, funky shapes or a bit of all 3, chances are I will be a fan!

A modern and fun take on the classic champagne flute, these Fazeek Pink floral shaped glasses offer function and fun! They’re the idea touch of femininity to you festive table and would make an incredible accompaniment to a bar cart.

La DoubleJ have created THE perfect Christmas glassware, if you’re a fan of the classic red and green theme. The Rainbow Set of Murano Glasses are classy, festive and sure to become a family heirloom you can’t wait to bust out when the end of the year rolls around.

Fazeek Wave Set of Two Flute Glasses, $120, Net-A-Porter


The cherry on top when it comes to the ideal festive table is adding some holiday cheer. Holiday cheer or ‘sparkle’ as we’ve called it here, could be anything that doesn’t necessarily form a function, but adds a whole lot of excitement to the end result.

Classic sparkle items for someone who celebrates Christmas and is hosting could be anything metallic, red, white to emulate the ‘white Christmas’ us in the Southern Hemisphere don’t get to experience.

As a festive centrepiece to serve delicious goodies in, we’re big fans of the blinding shine and organic shape of this Country Road Bruny Small Decoration bowl. Perfect for a collection of olives, some individually wrapped candies or even some small serviettes, the choice is yours!

To add an addition of sparkle in a sensory sense, we had to include a scented candle by the brand who is known best for curating the ultimate holiday home fragrances. The Glasshouse Gingerbread Candle would be perfect to burn throughout a long lunch serving Christmas classics.

Country Road Bruny Small Decoration Bowl, $99.95, Country Road