Christmas is that time of year where you can add a little extra elegance to the table. We all make lists (and check them more than twice); however preparation is vital to allow us to celebrate and enjoy quality time with family and friends.

A festive menu with all the traditional trimmings and a Christmas pudding with extra custard or brandy sauce can be the happiest and most heart-warming time of the day. With that, it’s essential to showcase your culinary talents with a show stopping table for the ultimate Christmas Dinner.

Setting the table for Christmas Dinner can be a daunting task, especially when trying to squeeze (and impress) those extra guests around the table. We’ve taken a few of our favourite Denby pieces here in Derbyshire to show you some simple table setting ideas for arguably the most anticipated meal of the year!

A Rustic Treat

Create a rustic table with natural wood and slate mats for a cosy Christmas table. We’ve used Halo dinnerware (one of our favourite patterns) and tied natural ribbon around the place setting pieces to hint what is yet to come, a gastronomic gift! For a more personal touch, you could add a handwritten place name to the bow. We’ve used a wooden Christmas tree decoration of a symbolic star as a napkin ring and tied some

Keeping it Casual

Traditional reds are hard to beat, especially when accessorised with gold decorations and greens from the garden. We’ve used our Cook and Dine Collection, Red Placemats & Napkins and Red glassware for a classic Christmas look. The Ceramic Flower Mini Casserole makes for a perfectly portioned soup starter and the bread rolls straight from the oven in a Cherry Ceramic Small Oval Dish. Create a natural centrepiece with sprigs of fresh evergreens, ribbon, and pillar candles for the finishing touch.

A Blue Christmas

A true Denby classic, the white and blue of our Imperial Blue collection stands out from the crowd paired with beautiful Monsoon Bettie Placemats and Coasters in this elegant look. We’ve used our Scandinavian-influenced Malmo glassware with a striking cobalt blue stem for a clean, elegant look. Set against a backdrop of a crisp white table cloth or natural wooden table with white spray-painted white, flocked with spray snow, and potted in a galvanized pail makes a modern centerpiece for this table. Lights and starornaments hung on the tree add another layer of sparkle. Circle a centerpiece of all-white flowers.

Basic Setting - Setting the table is often rushed, leaving family contemplating where to put the coasters. Begin with a basic table setting to dress your dinner table to set the mood for dinner. Then if a more formal table setting is required, you can bring those extra items to the table. Position the dinner plate is in the centre of the place setting with the fork on the left, and knife and spoon to the right. Place a glass above the knife and napkin under the fork or on the plate for an informal setting. .

Informal Dinner or Lunch - Begin with the ‘Basic Setting’ above. If a salad is to be served, place the salad fork to the left of the dinner fork. If there is no salad but a dessert as part of the menu, place it to the right of the dinner fork. (Dessert forks can also be brought to the table at the time of serving). If soup is on the menu, place the bowl on top of the plate and if needed, place the salad or bread and butter plates to the left and above the forks with the butter spreader laying across the plate. Place the teacup and saucer above the spoons with the handle to the right or at a 4 o’clock position to allow easy reach should your table be a little full. Wine or water glasses can be positioned to the left of the coffee cup..

Formal Dinner - Begin with the ‘Informal Dinner’ setting above. Wine and water glasses are positioned to the left of the coffee cup. Soup / dessert spoons are to the right of the knife or brought to the table when served. A charger under the dinner plate may also be used to dress up the table a little more.