If a traditional Christmas colour scheme of red and green isn’t your style, try something a little more elegant and understated this Christmas. We’ve put together our top ten blue and silver themed accessories for a contemporary festive dining table this December.
1. Ledbury linen napkins, Ochre and Ocre
These soft organic cotton napkins, £20 for four, are a generous size and have a neat mitred corner finish. In muted stripes of grey and blue, they’re ideal for dressing up with sparkly napkin rings for an under-stated festive feel, and they’ll be useful for the rest of the year as well. For a quick decoration, roll the napkins up loosely and tie with a length of blue grosgrain ribbon. Slip a holly twig under the knot, and tie in the ends on a bow. Available from Ochre and Ocre.
2. Winter Woodland table mats and coasters, Sophie Allport
From British Designer Sophie Allport comes this festive Winter Woodland collection, featuring falling snow around Christmas trees and wildlife such as foxes, hares, owls, deer and squirrels. The mats and coasters are wipe clean melamine, so would make an attractive and practical choice for Christmas Day. Placemats £27 for four, coasters, £12 for four.
3. Spectra wine glass set, Drift Living
These pretty coloured wineglasses, £19.50 for two, are mouth-blown, and have jewel-coloured stems to lend your party a festive feel. They’d also be perfect for summer cocktails later in the year. Available from Drift Living.
4. Wine and champagne glasses, Tesco
Alternatively, if you’re planning a lively Christmas party and are worried about your best glassware, these silver lustre glasses and flutes from Tesco should fit the bill. £7 for two, also available as highball and mixer shapes. For more information or to buy, visit the Tesco website.
5. Noche grey candlestick, Artisanti
This Noche etched grey glass candlestick is made from dark glass etched with golden leaf designs. This would make a lovely centrepiece for your Christmas table, or standing on the mantelpiece to add a soft glow to the proceedings. £42, available from Artisanti.
6. Silver table runner, Tesco
Add a little festive flair to a dark, plain wooden table with this metallic table runner from Tesco. It’s an easy way to dress a table without it looking fussy, and at £6 it doesn’t matter too much if it’s a little worse for wear by the end of the Christmas period.
7. Syrian silver salad bowl, Jasmine Way
This unusual silver-coloured bowl is handmade and polished in Syria, and has a delicate wavy pattern in beaten aluminium. Pile it with glass baubles and holly to make a table centrepiece, or use it as a serving dish. Was £63 reduced to £31.50. Available from Jasmine Way.
8. Octagonal blue plate, Boutique Provencale
Dress these plain blue plates with white napkins and silver accessories for a festive feel. They’re hand painted and hand crafted in the workshops of Souleo, a small, artisanal pottery maker based in Aix en Provence, and are part of a range including side plates and bowls. Octagonal dinner plate £15.95, available from Boutique Provencale.
9. Silver cake stand, Annabel James
This two tiered silver-plated cake stand has a variety of uses on the Christmas dining table. Pile it with bread rolls, after-dinner chocolates or petit fours or use it keep all the condiments together, ready for passing round. Was £69.50, now £39.50, available from Annabel James.
10. Silver rim carafe, Laura Ashley
Keep the red wine at drinking temperature with this elegant carafe from Laura Ashley. It would also double nicely as a water jug. Was £30 now £21, available from Laura Ashley.
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