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Gotta have it: Festive Tablescaping

Embrace the art of tablescaping (which basically means making the table pretty incase someone Instagrams it!) Here's what we're coveting for our table for this festive season.

I do love a bit of tablescaping and this year I’ve been inspired by Naomi and Claire at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery who have put together this absolutely stunning table full of all sorts of treasures that they sell in the Nursery shop.

All that festive foliage with pretty bits for the table makes me want to have a go myself. So, here’s what I’ve bought / am coveting this year to bring it all together.

(Dragging your table out into the woods entirely optional, although it is both beautiful and Covid safer!)

Napkins and rings

With so much else going on with the table, keeping napkins lovely and simple can be very effective – and then go to town on either the napkin rings, or the tablecloth, or both. These blue linen ones are beautiful, and bonus, you can re-use them again for NYE with a different theme.

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Light it up

The jury is out as to whether coloured candles should be used – depends on how many other colours you have and how clashing you’re prepared to go, but nothing says classic Christmas dinner table more than a set of red dinner candles, and these ones from St.Eval are a staple in our house. We buy them from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and St Kew Farm Shop, but St.Eval sell online too.


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Go crackers

Crackers are always a nice finishing touch and popular with my children, but usually contain too much tat for my liking – enter these ‘make your own’ from Whistlefish. Featuring a beautiful design from their in house team of illustrators, this kit gives you six jokes, tying ribbons, six tissue paper hats and six crackers – add your own gifts (or not) – makes them appropriate for adults as well as kids.

On sale at £4.15

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Rudolph with your nose so bright

My mother-in-law has one of these beauties stood outside her front door for a lot of December, and he does make a fine addition to the festive lunch. Definitely not one for the table though, not least because you’d not be able to see over him!

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Every year Port Isaac artist Katie Childs hand paints baubles to make memorable Christmas decorations and for next year, we think that would make a lovely addition to each place. In the meantime, you can still give a Cornish bauble for the tree with this printed porcelain ones taken from her paintings.

From £20

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How cute is this little fella? Just right for the centre and absolutely gorgeous too – then, when darkness falls you can move him onto another surface or side, festive without being too much.

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Holly jolly centre piece

The Christmas Tree might be good for many things but you definitely can’t have it front and centre on the table. What you need, unless you have a good garden for pruning, is some holly and other foliage – like this Cornish grown seasonal foliage mix – cut fresh to order – for table arrangements, wreaths, door decorations and vases. Boxed in wax paper with decorative bow to use as required.


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Blown away

These amber Dulari glass dinnerware are from the Muddy-Award winning Teylu Trading and would make gorgeous bowls for pudding, or for sauces. Each piece is hand blown and formed in India using traditional techniques to create signature shapes, resulting in a one of a kind statement of translucent beauty.

From £29

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Brass candlesticks

It’s no good having candles if you don’t have a candlestick, and to add some drama to the table that isn’t caused by the family dynamics, a classic candlestick will add height and sparkle – we like these ones from Jo & Co.


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Duchy of Cornwall Nursery images by John Hersey Studio

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