The big Christmas feast is less than two weeks away and, no matter what you’re cooking up, we want to make sure your Christmas table spread is the merriest, shiniest, sparkliest and most fun on the family record. All you need is a little planning, a small budget and a quick trip to DAISO.
Here are our top tips to set your table with all the festive trimmings.
#1 MAKE A START WITH THE BASICS
Gather up all your dinnerware, see what you have most of and decide on a theme.
White is always a fresh option for a warm Aussie Christmas, with red and green close contenders, and gold and silver highlights to add that magic shine. But other colour schemes work nicely too. Classic blue and white mix-and-match will give your table a touch of elegance, while a rainbow of dishes will give it some summer fun.
Bored with your tableware and want something new? DAISO has ceramic and plastic dinnerware to suit every Christmas table. Here are just a few of the many options:
Need drinkware? DAISO has heaps to choose from, from picnic cups and coloured drinking glasses to glasses for alcoholic drinks. We are loving this adorable Christmassy hot chocolate mug and the stemless wine glass.
Tip: Remember your table-setting etiquette! Visit the Homelife site for a simple rundown on how to set your dinnerware in the right place.
#2 BRING ON THE BLING AND TURN CHRISTMAS UP A NOTCH
A Christmas feast isn’t a Christmas feast without the finishing festive touches.
If you’re not sure where to start with creating your centrepiece and placing your table decorations, go by the simple rule of styling your table to match the kind of feast you’re having.
For the traditional turkey feast, stick with the traditional touches, like a few candles on saucers surrounded with simple Christmas decorations, some Christmas ribbons, and sprinklings of gold, silver, red or green glitter here and there on the table (stick to your colour theme). Or you could surround your candles with a wreath.
Tip: A summer Christmas doesn’t have to stop you from adding candlelight. Keep the heat down, and make your table kid-friendly with LED candles.
Tip: If you are using candles, stay away from the scented ones – these can distract from all the wonderfully delicious smells of your food.
Tip: Always keep centrepieces below eye level so that they don’t disrupt conversation across the table, or the passing of dishes.
For an outdoor Aussie barbecue, how about a cluster of miniature Christmas trees for the centre of your table?
Or mason jars with candles inside? Use washi tape or ribbon to make your jars something special.
Tip: Make outdoor table decorations heavy so that they don’t blow away if it gets windy.
How about some candy-cane and lolly jars so your guests have something to nibble on while they’re waiting for their meals?
Tip: Ceramic ornaments make good weights for holding down paper plates and serviettes before the food is served at the outdoor feast. See more on our Pinterest page.
#3 GET FANCY WITH PLACEHOLDERS
Add a classy touch to the dining table with placeholders for guests. Miniature spiral glitter trees are a sweet addition, or you could mark each guest’s place with a different Christmas decoration. Guests can take them home to put away for next year’s decorating.
Tip: If you want to personalise your placeholders with guests’ names, it’s easy to create name cards to sit in front. DAISO has a huge range of craft supplies you can get creative with, like markers, washi tape, coloured card, glitter glue, and hole punches. You might even venture down the cosmetics aisle for some super sparkly nailpolish to dot onto your cards (this is great for dotting on the outside of candle jars too!).
#4 REMEMBER CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS TOO!
It can be so boring for kids to have to sit around waiting for food and listening to adults talk about boring adult life, so make sure the kids have a setup that’s just for them. Make sure their spot at the table is covered with craft paper, pencils, textas and stickers. They will also love being able to take home these placeholders that double as toys. What kid doesn’t love snowglobes and light-up ornaments?!
Tip: Some items may be a choking hazard for young children, so always read item labels to make sure they’re safe, and always ensure children are supervised by a responsible adult.
Tip: For very young children, consider using a Christmas stocking with an age-appropriate toy inside as their placeholder.
You could even give them some fun festive headwear to put on. They’re more fun than the boring paper Christmas crowns in your bonbons and they’ll be a hit with the adults too!
Tip: Kids can have fun getting into character with these and making up a Christmas play to perform.
#5 MAKE YOUR FEAST MEMORABLE WITH GIFTS FOR GUESTS
As an alternative or addition to your decorative placeholders, a small gift for each of your guests is a nice touch that will show them how much you appreciate them coming along. If you want to keep your table uncluttered, just hang these on the backs of guest’s chairs. DAISO has so many small gift options to suit each and every one of your guests, and has a great range of Christmas stockings and gift bags to make gift wrapping a breeze.
For more wrapping ideas, including special Japanese cloth wrapping, visit our wrapping inspiration board on Pinterest.
Now that you’ve had a sneak peek of all the glittery, fun table trimmings you can get at DAISO, you might also like to check out our Christmas feast table inspiration board on Pinterest.
As always, we’d love to see your amazing DAISO inspired Christmas feast goodies, so remember to take a snapshot of your haul (or your Christmas feast table), upload it to your favourite social media account and tag it with #daisoxmas.