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Get the Look 7 December 2022

Tablescape Ideas to Get into the Festive Spirit

Seeking ideas to up your table game these holidays? We’ve got you covered.

Forget the food, we’re looking for a tablescape that is good enough to eat! Here are some decorating ideas according to your desired mood.

Words By Brittany Lyons


Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there is something exceptionally charming about the classic colours of the holiday. Deep greens, whites to emulate a snowy holiday (even if the forecast here in Australia is more beach appropriate) and pops of metallics is a classic pairing to fall back on for the holidays.

Personally, I prefer investing in crockery, decorations and candles that aren’t necessarily pigeonholed to Christmas, and that I can whip out at any dinner party, no matter the celebration. I think the mood board of this particular tablescape is versatile enough for that!

I’m a big fan of anything resin, especially from heritage Australian brand Dinosaur Designs. These guys have been creating contemporary tableware for decades, and when chosen in white make the ideal Christmas addition. Matches offer a generous range of Dinosaur Designs.

For a festive pop and to dial up the luxurious feeling, cutlery in a muted gold is a perfect way to bring some sparkle to the table. This set from Vue of Myer is a nice occasional set to whip out for special meals.

And whats a meal without a little ambiance? These Trudon candles will offer some wicked fun to a dinner, lunch or whenever you need a little extra spark.

Dinosaur Designs Pearl Medium Marbled-resin Vase, $260, Matches Fashion


If you find it difficult to stick to a particular colour scheme, and are of the belief that more is more when it comes to colour and fun, then perhaps a contemporary tablescape is more your speed? For me, I know this is the case.

This cohort of goodies below are all items chosen because they sparked a particular amount of joy. Colour, shape and quirk have all been dialled up to 10, and will absolutely ensure the vibes are high at your lunch or dinner table.

Starting at the centrepiece, these ceramic numbers from RAWAII, available at NET-A-PORTER are a whole lot of fun. Both doubling as a sunshiny fruit bowl every other day of the year. I may have to pick up this Cloud Porcelain Bowl for myself actually…

The best part about building a tablescape falling in the contemporary genre? There are absolutely no rules! Mix and match whatever you have at home with items you’ve purchased because you were drawn to them immediately. Take these Summerhill & Bishop Linen Napkins, this rainbow of colours is perfect to tie in other choices down on the table.

For a little whimsicalness, the addition of these sculptural scented candles from Loewe are the perfect balance of fun and fancy.

Raawii Cloud Porcelain Bowl, $280.23, Net-a-Porter


If you’re a bit of a traditionalist with an appreciator for the feminine and floral, the below cohort of dining accoutrements are perfect! All leaning toward a high-tea kind of vibe, the assortment of fancy and floral cutlery sets, plates and table linens is plentiful.

Thanks to some of our favourite retailers such as Matches and The Iconic, the flower-adorned selection when it comes to festive items is overwhelmingly generous.

Take this Summerhill & Bishop Hydrangea Tablecloth, the perfect monochromatic piece to lay the groundwork of your pretty table. The green of the linen marries perfectly with this Dinner Set from Maison Margaux, oh la la.

To add a little more depth into the otherwise flat palette of colour thus far, these amber champagne flutes courtesy of Sydney-based label Maison Balzac are essential. Can you tell theres a bit of a Frenchy influence in this particular tablescape? Oui oui!

Top the whole thing off with a delectable scent from the inimitable Parisian Perfume house Diptyque. This solid oval of perfume has been created in their signature scent of Saint Germain, possessing the power to transport you to the très fancy arrondissement on a spring day.

Maison Margaux Giselle Set of Eight Glazed Ceramic Dinner and Dessert Plates, $708.50, Net-a-Porter


For something a little more appropriate for the audience celebrating the holidays with us in the southern hemisphere, the coastal mood for a tablescape is fault-proof. Borrowing natural textures like wood and linens, and bringing everything together with an effortless approach, the beachside vibe is perfect for a sunny day outdoors, where perhaps, you’ll be enjoying some delicacies cooked on the BBQ, with a beach or pool break between courses.

The perfect way to begin a coastal tablescape is with a neutral linen to sit beneath your plates. These placemats from Brunello Cucinelli are created in a wonderful Italian linen and the perfect shade that would be ideal to pair with a cohort of different tablescape types. Versatile! An investment that is worthwhile.

Next, adorn platters and plates that bring warm tones to the table. These Wooden Nesting Bowls from SAARDE are perfect to display salads, chips and little snacks throughout the day/night. Yes, these salad servers to match the bowl was handpicked intentionally. Who doesn’t love a matching moment to tie everything together?

This platter from Maison Balzac is great to display a centrepiece of barbequed meats, some flesh seafood or anything else you’re super proud to present to your guests.

Les Ottomans Set of Four Hand-painted Ceramic Dinner Plates, $237, Matches Fashion