This year we’re all really looking forward to celebrating Christmas with family and friends. After a tough few years, we’re all ready to down tools and relax with our loved ones, catch up with those we haven’t seen in a long while and spend quality time with the family. To help make your festive season even more special this year, we’ve picked some of the most inspirational tablescapes to get your festive feast off to a great start. Whether it’s a Christmas Eve nibbles and drinks with the neighbours, the main event on the big day or a Boxing Day buffet, here’s how to dress your table for maximum impact. We’re also showing some of our fabulous Rangemaster cookware, so you can cook up those sprouts and turkey with all the trimmings to perfection. From all of us at Rangemaster, we wish you the most wonderful Christmas and New Year. See you in 2022!
MAKE YOUR OWN WREATH
This gorgeous scene from Dobbies Garden Centres is warm and cosy and full of festive cheer. To make your own eco-wreath just like the one hung on the wall, you’ll need:
• Cut/foraged greenery
Step 1: Get the look by gathering twigs together and moulding into a rough hoop shape. Don’t worry, this doesn’t have to be perfect as each wreath should be unique. Secure as you go with the twine.
Step 2: Time to get creative by using the greenery to make little individual posies and secure with twine. This is where you can inject pops of colour with flowers – fresh or dried.
Step 3: Next, place each posey on the hoop, securing each one with twine. Layer the next one on top of the last, to hide where you have tied.
Step 4: Once you have taken the posies as far round as you would like, stop. It’s nice to leave some of the hoop exposed for a rustic feel.
Step 5: Hang your wild eco wreath and prepare for compliments as you wow your festive guests.
From left: Mistletoe & Holly collection gift wrap (4m), £3.99; Weaver throw in grey, £29.99. On table: Beaded dining set items in green and grey, from £9.99; Ravenhead gemstone wine, hi-ball and mixer glasses in smoke, £3.99 each; Green stoneware jug, £24.99; Coloured glass hurricane lantern (assorted), £12.99; Autumnal recycled bottles (assorted), £7.99; Ivory tapered candles (box of 10), £5.99; Seabuckthorn glitter garland, £12.99. Linen pipe velvet cushion in olive, £17.99. Behind table: Matt black earthenware vase, £34.99; Iron brass lantern, £29.99 and £54.99; Nordmann premium cut tree, £49.99; Warm white cluster string lights, £24.99; Arana iron lantern, £19.99 and £24.99, all at Dobbies Garden Centres
CHOOSE LINEN PLACEMATS AND NAPKINS
Linen oozes luxury and though it does cost more initially, it is an investment that you only need to make once. So make this the year you splash out on something really special like this set of two pure linen Christmas placements from Helen Round, which are handmade in Cornwall and cost £25. Finish by dressing the table with holly and berries from the garden
ADD SOME VINTAGE CHARM
Bring back some old-fashioned glamour with vintage champagne glasses, perfect for a glass of bubbly on the big day and great for New Year’s Eve celebrations too. These glasses from Rockett St George feature traditional cut glass detailing with a divine gold rim. Perfect for pouring a glass of fizz or serving a delightful cocktail to guests, they cost £9 each.
WRITE PLACENAMES FOR GUESTS
Use your best calligraphy skills and write guests’ names on luggage labels finished with a swirl of ribbon or string. Dress the rest of the table simply with a white linen tablecloth and choose a brushed gold colour scheme for cutlery and accessories. The Montecarlo white napkin from The Fine Cotton Company shown here costs £6 and can also be monogrammed with an initial of your choice for an extra cost
CREATE YOUR OWN GARLAND
Make a one metre Christmas Garland for your fireplace or mantlepiece with this craft kit from Mary Elizabeth Flowers. It includes all the materials and guidance you need to make your own indoor everlasting dried flower Christmas garland.
Dried and preserved flowers, grasses, foliage are finished with a sumptuous velvet ribbon in traditional, rustic Christmas colours. Unlike a garland made from fresh foliage and flowers, your dried flower garland is suitable for hanging in a warm position such as above a fire (using careful judgement to ensure there is no risk of fire). The plant materials will become more brittle the warmer their position.
This kit includes the garland base, dried flowers, foliage and grasses, binding twine, large wired velvet ribbon and a guidance sheet with step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs describing professional floristry techniques involved in how to make a garland for Christmas. It costs £48.
SCATTER FESTIVE LIGHTS ON THE TABLE
Fairy lights aren’t just for the tree – scatter some pretty lights along the table too. They look so lovely as the day goes on, keeping the table warm and inviting well into the evening. These designs are from Lights 4 Fun, where you’ll find a wonderful selection for indoors and out.
INVEST IN THE BEST COOKWARE
To help you get the most out of your Rangemaster cooker, there is also a range of exclusive cookware designed for optimum performance and longevity. Check out the branded stainless steel saucepans, casseroles and drying pans, which work with all hob types including induction. Now relax and put your feet up – you deserve it!