Christmas Hosting 101: Table Setting
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Knowing that Christmas is coming up around the corner, we understand the utmost importance of sprucing up your dining table this festive season.

In this week’s edition of Christmas Hosting 101, we put together a quick and festive guide into creating that perfect, Instagram-worthy, table setting spread your guests will love.


1. Keep it classy

You simply can’t go wrong by ensuring that your table setting is filled with a traditional holiday colour palette of red and green.


2. Pick out a beautiful floral arrangement

Flora and fauna can be a great way to style your table for the holiday season. If you’re looking for a gorgeous floral arrangement for your tabletop this Christmas, you can check out florists like The Floral Atelier, Charlotte Puxley or Ask A French to meet all your needs.

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3. Turn your table into a winter wonderland

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Guys. Seriously. I can't even. This is my favorite table we have EVER done (largely thanks to my partner in crime @petalinefloral (she made those pretty little dried bouquet place settings and the dried centerpiece / masterpiece!) Click the link in profile for all the details of my table! ❄️ And truth time: I'm not hosting my Christmas dinner party until Friday and am leaving the table set up like this all week with a baby gate around it—I kid you not—to keep my sweet toddler from going rogue! 🥂 To see more of the magic we created AND learn all my sources as well as how to make a free form, neutral centerpiece of your own (I promise you don't need to be a floral designer to create something show stopping because @petalinefloral will tell you how!) head over to the Local Milk blog via the link in my profile. ✨ If you love what you see, join the LM community using the form at the bottom of the blog post because we got holiday goodness coming all week from DIY Christmas crackers (the party favor poppers that are a tradition at our holiday table!) to sustainable gift wrapping to CAKE. And I'd lie to see YOUR Christmas tables too! Use the tag #localmilkchristmas to share them with me! 🌾 PS. Now over 2000 people have joined us in the #12daysofslowliving challenge! I'm so excited to have so many of you make this commitment with me! I'm on Day 5: Nourish!Make sure to share your progress in stories and the feed so we can all like, comment, and share to support each other! • • • • • #gatheringslikethese #lifeandthyme #morningslikethese #thatauthenticfeeling #verilymoment #makeitblissful #livemoremagic #littlebitsof_life #theartofslowliving #stilllifephotography #seekthesimplicity #mycommontable #still_life_gallery #myopenkitchen #foragebyfolk #postitfortheaesthetic #styleonmytable #gatheredstyle #kitchenbowl #loveletterto #onthetableproject #fellowmag #mymonthofsundays #loves_vscolifestyle #allwhatsbeautiful #inspiremyinstagram

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Since we don’t get to experience snow in sunny Singapore, why not bring winter to your dining area? For the best results, a white and gold table setting spread will look stunningly elegant at dinner this Christmas.


4. Create your own festive table centrepiece

If you have time up your sleeves and you’re feeling a little more creative, maybe a handicraft project is the way to go. Take cues from blogger Katie’s Bliss and make your very own holiday-inspired centrepieces that’s sure to liven up the merry atmosphere.

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5. Include some funky Christmas plates to add some jazz

A holiday-inspired plate with a beloved Santa Claus character or reindeer could be a wonderful addition to your table setting this Christmas.


6. Fuss-free minimalism

Take your inspiration from the Swedish giant, IKEA, by using modern tableware, cutlery, candles and some fig leaves to capture the essence of the holiday spirit.

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7. Throw in a few party crackers

Sprinkle some festive party crackers at the children’s dining area. The kids will love you for it.


8. Make it original

At the end of the day, we believe that you should have fun with your table setting this Christmas. Feel free to show a little bit of your personality by incorporating decorations that are true to your aesthetic.