This season, entertain in style with our contemporary table setting ideas.

Northern Noël

Star attraction: Clean-lined décor with a natural underpinning.

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Setting the scene: Inspired by Nordic minimalism, this tablescape is ideal for an intimate get-together on Christmas Eve. Its muted tones and tactile elements present a pared-back version of seasonal festivities.

Get the look

Strike a balance between crisp, clean lines and authentic appeal by dressing place settings with a mix of striking tableware and understated detail.

Light and bright: Focus on a pared-back palette of soft neutrals, textural detail and raw blonde wood.

Silver lining: If sparkly decorations leave you cold, make a style statement by adding objets d’art in subtle glints of glacial silver.

A flicker of ambience: Add a touch of glimmering warmth by adorning your tablescape with layers of candlelight and lanterns.

Personal touch: Introduce touches of greenery and pine cones reminiscent of a white Christmas.

Shop the look

Nime napkins (set of four), www.linenhouse.co.za

Nime napkins

Elina silver napkins, www.poetry.co.za

Elina silver napkins

Kiewiet bowl-shaped oak serving board, www.yuppiechef.com

Kiewiet bowl-shaped oak serving board

Dotted border underplate, www.mrphome.co.za

Dotted border underplate

Nachtmann Rumba round crystal plates (set of two), www.yuppiechef.com

Nachtmann Rumba round crystal plates

Gold mirror star decoration, www.woolworths.co.za

Gold mirror star decoration

Holly Ivy Luxury Silver Lines Christmas crackers (pack of six), www.home.co.za

Holly Ivy Luxury Silver Lines Christmas crackers

Antlers leaf stem, www.home.co.za

Antlers leaf stem


Country revival

Star attraction: A cool and contemporary rendition of an iconic festive English country Christmas.

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Setting the scene: Subtle opulence takes centre stage with a fusion of classic elements like vintage tableware, metallic cutlery and pops of on-trend individuality.

Get the look

When it comes to putting a modern spin on this traditional trend, contrast is key. It’s all about melding traditional seasonal charm and sparks of high design.

Native Décor

Rustic reboot: Keep the look up to date by dressing your table with beautiful linen and contemporary tableware like faceted glassware.

Top brass: Synonymous with Christmas, metallic colours add a touch of glamour to any tablescape. For a look that’s new and now, swop traditional gold for brass ornaments.

Personal touch: Replace overtly Christmassy colours with hints of soft sage.

Barrydale Hand Weavers striped table runner, www.yuppiechef.com

Barrydale Hand Weavers striped table runner

Virgo side plate in Gold, www.woolworths.co.za

Virgo side plate in Gold

Grace Opal heirloom dinnerware, www.home.co.za

Grace Opal heirloom dinnerware

Molton gold glassware, www.home.co.za

Molton gold glassware

Nicholson and Russel Dhubai 16-piece titanium cutlery set in Gold-and-Black, www.yuppiechef.com

Nicholson and Russel Dhubai 16-piece titanium cutlery set in Gold-and-Black

Kitchen Craft Bar Craft six-piece cocktail set, www.yuppiechef.com

Kitchen Craft Bar Craft six-piece cocktail set

Gold ombré dinner candles (set of four), www.home.co.za

Gold ombré dinner candles

Small wreath with multiple leaves, www.home.co.za

Small wreath with multiple leaves

Etched-glass jar candle, www.home.co.za

Etched-glass jar candle

Glitter Star baubles (four per pack), www.woolworths.co.za

Glitter Star baubles

Bondi blue

Star attraction: Traditional Christmas pigments of red and green step aside for a breezy, Greek Isles-inspired take on seasonal celebrations.

Maxwell and Williams featuring Suomi side plate

Setting the scene: Just the thing for a Christmas lunch on a balmy day, an unexpected base palette of cool blues adorns this fresh and free-spirited tablescape.

The look

This ensemble makes waves with an alchemy of detailed pattern, melded with cobalt and bright metallics.

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Elemental appeal: Add touches of festive appeal with subtle strands of gold frankincense and myrrh.

Eclectic inspiration: Welcome a sprig of zesty interest by decking your festive table with an ensemble of chartreuse posies.

Personal touch: Top your tableware with a napkin wrapped with an evergreen sprig and a striking napkin ring.

Danika napkins (set of four), www.poetry.co.za

Danika napkins

Mikasa Drift Markmaking serving platter, www.yuppiechef.com

Mikasa Drift Markmaking serving platter

Mikasa Drift Markmaking dinner plate, www.yuppiechef.com

Mikasa Drift Markmaking dinner plate

Luna enamel-print cake forks (set of four), www.poetry.co.za

Luna enamel-print cake forks

David Jones Premium Collection four-piece cutlery set in rose gold, www.woolworths.co.za

David Jones Premium Collection four-piece cutlery set in rose gold

Creative Tops Katie Alice Festival Folk glass tumbler, www.home.co.za

Creative Tops Katie Alice Festival Folk glass tumbler

Regent copper-plated serviette holder, www.binuns.co.za

Regent copper-plated serviette holder

Volkan agate napkin ring in dark blue, www.home.co.za

Volkan agate napkin ring in dark blue