Centre Stage: Create a memorable table for your holiday dinner
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Joy to the World
by Katherine Porath, Katherine Joy Interiors

A charming table swathed in tradition and charm.
“Christmas and events where the family gathers are all about tradition. In this table setting, Grandma's antique dishes and teacups were used to add charm and remind everyone of the special people who once sat alongside the family at the table.”

Elements
Tradition: family heirlooms, including antique plates and teacups, lace tablecloth
Sparkle: mirror centrepiece, candles, gold chargers, chandelier
Red and white: florals, stemware, white Battenburg lace tablecloth, chair ribbons

Expert tips
Add mirrors and other reflective surfaces like glass to add sparkle and create ambience for evening get-togethers.
Watch out for sap stains when you lay greenery on your table; using wax paper underneath will help protect your linens.

Sources
Florals: Lindsay Drake Nightingale, Yorkshire
Garden Services

Silver and Gold
by Elise Volpe, EV Design

A modern, chic design bursting with fun and colour. “I love the combination of green with pink; to me those two colours feel like a modern twist on the traditional green and red.”

Elements
Sparkle: Chandelier, table covering, ornaments, candles, stemware, china
Green and pink: Christmas trees,
ornaments, pillow, fresh greenery
Holiday cheer: bright colours, mixed patterns, foil-covered table, disco ball ornaments

Expert tips
Decorating your table in a bold and
different way doesn't have to be pricey. I used heavy-duty aluminum foil to wrap the table for a modern look that would reflect light and add a huge sparkle at night and I found a great gold polka-dot wrapping paper that I cut out and used for placemats to add pattern. Leftover ornaments in bold and metallic colours are another really easy way to add glitz and glam to a centrepiece and adjacent tables.  

Sources
Bar Cart: Klein Home, Aurora
Floral Design: Karrie McFee, Inside Out
Candleholders: CB2
Cheers sign, branch candelabra: West Elm
Dishes, placecard holders, mirror balls, crystal candleholders, polka-dot vase, candles: Winners
Glasses, decanter, green trees, napkins: Pier 1 Imports
Ice bucket, polka-dot Kate Spade wrapping, spiked gold ball: Indigo


Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
by Wendy Neal, Wendy Neal Design

An elegant table with a contemporary vibe.

Elements
Light: bold candles, mini-lights intertwined throughout centrepiece
Pink: end chairs, flowers, ornaments, painting

Expert tip
Look through your own decorations and see if there are any items that you can use; you may be surprised at what you already have to make a fantastic centrepiece. Adding greenery always makes for a more festive look and more is more when it comes to candles.

Sources
Table runner, napkins: HomeSense
Mini-lights: Caruso's, Aurora
Placemats: Superstore

I'll be Home for Christmas
by Andrea Henderson, saturday afternoons

A beautiful and cosy look, inspired by nature.
 “I tried to create an easy, simple everyday holiday look that could be dressed up or down depending on whom you are entertaining.”

Elements
Nature: greens, pinecones, flowers, cranberries, birchwood
Simplicity: jute placemats, natural colours, barnwood boxes, reindeer
Sparkle: mercury glass, candles, ornaments, birds
Expert tip
“Start at the centre of the table and work your way out. Begin with a few simple items—pinecones, candles, barnwood—and layer them in one at a time; too much of one element can make the table look cluttered. It's always easier to add items than to have to take apart a finished centrepiece.”

Sources
All items: saturday afternoons, Aurora


DIY centrepiece: The candle halo
With a few tips from floral designer Karrie McFee of Inside Out, you can create your own seasonal centrepiece.

1. Select a wide candle or candle holder.
2. Purchase a grapevine wreath or floral foam ring at your local craft store that fits around the base of your candle, usually 13 to 15 centimetres (five to eight inches).
3. Place fresh cedar and eucalyptus clippings, one by one, in the wreath wherever they will fit, rotating the wreath as you go.
4. Add faux mini pinecones and fresh waxflowers sparingly to add texture and colour.
5. Let your arrangement take centre stage.

TIP: You can use different greens or accents, such as pine and boxwood, cranberries, mini ornaments or other fresh flowers to get a different look or to match your colour scheme

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