Setting The Perfect Table For Your Christmas Dinner

Setting The Perfect Table For Your Christmas Dinner

As the holiday season rolls around, there are a variety of elements you’ll need to consider when creating the perfect table setting for Christmas. From providing ambience and character with the use of candles, place settings and centrepieces, to the smaller touches like crackers and high-quality linen napkins, you can make the most of your table features in whichever way you choose. We’ve put together this quick guide on how to set your table for Christmas dinner to achieve the best possible atmosphere, with a classy and elegant aesthetic.

Choose Your Linen

The first and most important place to start when setting up your table for the perfect Christmas dinner is choosing the right table linen to enhance the atmosphere and aesthetic of your dining room. The appropriate tablecloth will lay the foundation for the entire colour scheme and design of your space. You’ll want to combine functionality, durability and design to achieve optimum results, as a beautifully designed tablecloth unable to handle spills is not ideal for social gatherings!

Know Your Napkins

One of the simplest ways to add a touch of class to your dinner table is through a linen napkin, providing some real elegance to your Christmas setting. A really easy way to fold your napkins is in half, resting them on the best of the plate, but if you want to add an extra intricacy, you can create a little cutlery pouch out of your napkin.  Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful cutlery holder:


  • Fold the napkin in half, then again, to make a square.
  • Fold the top left corner diagonally so it reaches the bottom right.
  • Turn the napkin over.
  • Bring the right side of the napkin to the centre, followed by the left.
  • Flip it back over and you’ll see you’ve created a pocket for your cutlery as an alternative to putting it next to the plates. Pop the cutlery in and place the napkin to the left of the plates.

Get Creative

One of the best ways to give your hotel or event space a real seasonal feel is to introduce a fresh colour scheme for the festive season. This doesn’t mean a whole paint job, of course, there are many simple and cost-effective ways to provide a fresh splash of red, green or gold to your Christmas setting. Consider arranging flowers in line with your new design scheme, updating the artwork to match the festivity, shades such as deep purple and raspberry red are particularly popular over the holiday season so think of ways to incorporate these into your design. It’s important you update your table linens and napkins to match your new design scheme to further elevate your customer’s dining experience.


At Johnsons South West Laundry, we’re here to take care of your linen and laundry requirements. We’re proud to supply hospitality businesses across the UK with the finest linens, with a range of premium table linens perfect for a Christmas dinner or party setting! We also offer a first-rate laundry service to keep your linen pristine no matter what. Get in touch with our team today.



Published on: December 2, 2021

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