Hello fun job! This holiday season, I’m working with BIG W on a series of Christmas themed posts. I had a blast looking at their fab Christmas range and my best pick this week is Battery Operated LED light set (20 lights). They are only $2 and brilliant for all kinds of festive decorations and especially the table because they set that magical tone, and don’t need to be plugged in.
When it comes to decorating the Christmas table, I start with an easy centerpiece and work my way out from there. For the middle, I like to couple every day items from around the home with festive decorations. Then, once I have the centerpiece sorted, I look at extending a theme to the rest of the table with items like napkins, name place tags and bon bons.
Decorating the Table in Three Steps
- Start with a table centerpiece theme
- Use everyday items around the home
- Introduce colour and styling through festive decorations and items
Below are ideas on how I bring these three concepts together.
1. White Christmas in a Jar
Concept: a mini fantasy world in a jar
Colour scheme: silver and gold with white highlights
Everyday items: glass cookie jar, salt, glass tumblers (or glass jars)
Festive items: gold table runner, mini Christmas trees, silver mini bonbons, small gold baubles, LED lights, candle
Tip: instead of trees, use an angel or snowman figurine inside the jar
2. Baubles in Glass (with a holly garland)
Concept: easy to bring a pop of colour and a garland ties it all in
Colour theme: traditional red and green with silver highlights
Everyday items: large vase or bowl
Festive items: red table runner, garland, baubles
Tip: bring out the silver highlights with silver napkins and bon bons
3. Stick Christmas Tree
Concept: celebrate with nature
Colour theme: natural tones with diamond (clear) highlights
Everyday items: vase or large jar, tree sticks
Festive decorations: gold table runner, potpourri balls, LED lights, silver birds, diamond tree decorations, small gold baubles
Tip: Make joke tags with paper and hang on the tree
4. Candle & Beads
Concept: bring romance, fun and colour to the table
Colour theme: pink & green with bright highlights
Everyday items: vase/candle holder
Festive decorations: beads, baubles, candle
Tip: Christmas doesn’t always have to be in traditional colours
5. Tea Candle & Glass Tumblers
Concept: Simple! 6 to 8 glasses with tea light candles lined up in the middle of the table
Colour theme: gold, gold and everything gold with glass highlights
Everyday items: glass tumblers (or empty glass jars)
Festive decorations: LED lights, tea light candles, small gold baubles
Tip: attach ribbon to mason jars and use instead of glass tumblers
6. Light Jar
Concept: sparkly lights add a touch of magic to any setting
Colour theme: gold & brown
Everyday items: large jar, bowl or vase
Festive decorations: baubles, potpourri balls, LED lights
Tip: use different coloured baubles to match any theme
7. Fruit feature
Concept: decorate the usual, because it’s Christmas
Colour theme: blue and orange with gold highlights
Everyday items: large glass bowl, oranges
Festive decorations: diamanté stickers
Tip: add eucalyptus leaves and gum nuts along a table runner and add a scattering of LED lights
8. Ice Sculpture
Concept: make your own ice sculpture
Colour theme: white, red with silver highlights
Everyday items: water, balloon, tray/plate with sides
Festive items: candle
Tip: add poinsettia or red rose petals to the balloon before adding water
Good-good times are coming.
The White Christmas in a Jar setting took under 5 minutes to set up. Below is a speedy version.
Get organised early this Christmas with a chance to win a $100 BIG W gift voucher. (I’ll have another 3 vouchers to giveaway in the upcoming weeks).
To enter, leave a comment below to the answer to this question (and your answer could be featured as part of the BIGW_HintSquad):
What food item is essential on your Christmas table and why?
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Congratulations Rebecca Roffman!
Items I used available at BIG W:
LED lights ($2), 12 silver baubles-60mm ($3), mini bon bons-8 ($4), bird decoration pack ($3), diamond drop decoration-12 ($5), bead garland ($3), table runner ($13), 20 small gold baubles-40mm ($3), 92 tree decorating pack ($15), tinsel holly garland ($5), mini tree table decoration-3 pack ($10), tea light candle-60 ($9), large pillar candle ($8), wave tumbler-6 ($8), potpourri balls pack ($18), large candle vase ($20), large glass bowl ($20)
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Ruth LakerNovember 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm
Mandarin and Marshmallow salad…. its a family tradition… if its not there its not the same
Jessica WarnockNovember 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm
Christmas salad. Every single green and white and red salad ingredient! It looks amazing and tastes even better!
DeanaNovember 25, 2013 at 9:13 pm
Home cooked bread because it takes me back to my childhood – the breaking of bread over a Christmas Roast looking for the coin baled inside
NicholeNovember 25, 2013 at 9:15 pm
Most essential food item is pork crackling – the local butcher provides enough skin to crackle for weeks, along with the shoulder of pork. Apple sauce is a side to dip the cracking in …. Yum scrum mum !!!
AmyNovember 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm
My homemade gingerbread cookies! A Christmas tradition I started making when my daughter was born (she is now 2.5 and has twin brothers who are 10mths). They are yummy and a great baking activity with the kids 🙂
Jo mcphersonNovember 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm
I need ALL the traditional food – turkey, roasties, parsnips, carrots, peas, suede, beans, broccoli and Christmas pudding with cream, brandy butter and a mince pie. Yum yum yummy ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Jaimi LaytNovember 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm
Definitely my Grand mother’s baked Ham. A Christmas tradition, our family favorite and the recipe has been in the family for over 5 generations.
Kerry GilmoreNovember 25, 2013 at 9:18 pm
Any food items on the table as long as we are all there together to share!!
ShannonNovember 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm
Christmas Pudding and custard! My dad’s family (he’s one of 11) get together every year and make them up together. Such a beautiful tradition that we all enjoy (plus they taste amazing!) 🙂
Amanda EastmentNovember 25, 2013 at 9:22 pm
Mini Christmas Puddings – Arnotts Royals biscuits with white chocolate as the custard, red mini m+m for the holly berry and leaves made from a thin green slice from a lolly snake. These look so special and are super easy to make. I love to create little Christmas treats to enjoy.
Melanie WoodfordNovember 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm
Christmas ham is the best food on the table at Christmas time. And Pavlova, nothing beats a pavlova!
Kirsty BunyanNovember 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm
In Tasmania we are spoilt for choice, fresh salmon, crayfish, strawberries and cherries grace my Christmas spread!
Brooke GriffithsNovember 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm
The most important food on our Christmas table is the pudding. No only because it tastes amazing, but I love the preparation of making it with my 5 year old son and the joy he gets from not only helping, but letting everyone know that he made it 🙂
CassieNovember 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm
Christmas ham! It’s not Christmas lunch without ham 🙂
ErinNovember 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm
In our family, trifle!! Must have – happy day followed by happy food!
JaimeNovember 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Cherries! They are pretty and just the very image of them say Christmas. And!!! They make for great decoration pieces! 🙂
Melanie GodfreyNovember 25, 2013 at 9:29 pm
I like to have a bowl of cherries on the table. They are only around at Christmas time and add a naturally sweet touch to the meal. They are even better when dipped in chocolate….. Mmmm.
Olga KlaassenNovember 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm
Turkey, Ham and Stuffing! It would not be Christmas Day without them!
HeatherNovember 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm
Pavlova – made from scratch, featuring with love and lemon butter. I grew up with white Christmases but my Aussie mum always made pavlova at Christmas – on a cold white Christmas it tasted like Summer and sunshine.
Claire KilleenNovember 25, 2013 at 9:30 pm
Ham or prawns – just not christmas without either one.
KarenNovember 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm
My Nannas Christmas pudding – she will be 98 years old on the 23rd of December, and she still cooks the pudding to perfection. My Husband, Uncle and Dad fight over the leftovers!
Samantha JacksonNovember 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm
I would have to say the christmas pudding. Nothing beats finishing off an amazing meal with a fruity sensation with vanilla icecream!
Terri JacksonNovember 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm
Plum pudding with brandy cream..ohh la la
LindaNovember 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm
Turkey!! A once-yearly tradition that must continue! Freshly cooked with stuffing, gravy and apple sauce… Yummm!!!
Marine DavidsonNovember 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm
Oysters! because i always had them on Christmas day since i am a very little child!!
Liz PaganoniNovember 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm
The Christmas ham. The ham you eat breakfast, lunch & dinner for the next week. The ham that is a million times better than ham at any other time of the year. Christmas is all about the ham!
Krystine KeenNovember 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm
The Christmas pudding. I come from a long line of Pastry Chefs a skill I unfortunately did not inherit. The pudding for me symbolizes all that family is, the traditions, the customs and the special time I spent with them as the process of creating the pudding took place; soaking the fruit,mmm laced with rum. The spices, the smell, the wrapping in cloth and boiling in the old copper that we use to wash in. Then the unveiling with a single snowman high on top a lighted candle, warm custard and of course the coins hidden inside just for the kids. I indulge just once every year and enjoy this tradition now with my own young family and for a moment those that have gone before can be seen sitting, smiling and “loving” once more.
Jessica BonannoNovember 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm
Prawns is always an essential entree to keep the seafood tradition and we don’t have them as an entree other days for some reason. Merry xmas.
JennyNovember 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm
Homemade Gingerbread!! 🙂
Kristina CorneliusNovember 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm
Homemade gravy! It’s just not Christmas without it.
Elizabeth ThorntonNovember 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm
My great-grandmother’s Christmas cake. I never met her but she taught my Gran to make it and for many years now, my Gran and I have made it together. Each year we bake the cakes (we make enough for the extended family) in October and leave them to mature until a couple of weeks before Christmas. When we unwrap them, it is time to decorate and we have fun coming up with new icing designs each year. The cakes are cut at Christmas and the flavour is incredible! I love this tradition in my family and I know that one day I will be able to pass on the recipe to my children.
PrisciliaNovember 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm
My mums homemade Christmas bread!! It won’t be Christmas without it!
Kim mNovember 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm
My husbands family has to have lolloes on the table, lots and lots of lollies and they are loly snobs, only Allen’s, no homebrand allowed!!!!!
AmandaNovember 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm
A turkey cooked draped in bacon and chipolatas, stuffed with sausagemeat and onion stuffing and chestnut stuffing…. the smell means Christmas to me, it has been a part of every happy festive meal for as long as I remember. My family is far away but it brings them closer.
JulieNovember 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm
In our family it’s trifle! Every year without fail 🙂
IsabelNovember 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm
Rum balls – lovingly home-made using a recipe that has been passed down through many generations and it reminds us our roots. Christmas to us is all about celebrating family and it wouldn’t be complete without our family’s favourite treats.
Peta MasihNovember 25, 2013 at 9:57 pm
Christmas is just not the same without fresh prawns on the table!! Christmas is the only time of the year we actually eat them, so we really look forward to it as a special family treat!!
Rebecca RoffmanNovember 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm
My Nanas special Peppermint Malt slice. I make it now with my kids. Each time I taste it the taste not only delicious takes me back to many Christmas’ ago when I would help my nana make it and remember how special and exciting Christmas was as a child 🙂 I spent 364 days of the year counting down the days until i get to enjoy it 🙂
Christine GrahamNovember 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm
I love my homemade sugar coated peanuts/cashews & the kids love the chocolate condensed milk balls that they have helped make! Nothing like christmas snacks!
BelindaNovember 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm
Traditional Leg Of Ham, nothing better than fresh ham cut off the bone for Xmas lunch 🙂
Kylie ThomsonNovember 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm
Christmas Pudding! So many memories – my uncle pouring brandy over the pudding before lighting it and carrying it to the christmas table (us kids all ooohhhing and aaahhhing) and my sister now makes the pudding from my nana’s original recipe. Yum!
Adam McDadeNovember 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm
You’ll always find Chocolate and Vanilla Wafer Sticks from BigW soooo good and only $2.48 a tin!!
Summer Hinaki-McDadeNovember 25, 2013 at 10:22 pm
Quality Streets tin of treats from BigW are never not on our table!! Cremey quity chocolate and somany flavours to choose from!
Nicole WhiteNovember 25, 2013 at 10:23 pm
~Pavlova with Summer Fruit Salad~ it’s a sweet finish to a magical day!
Malissa GroomeNovember 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm
A good bottle of Chardonnay. Something special. Gently chilled (but not too cold). No matter what meat you choose (and we like to mix it up between the traditional favourites of ham, pork, or turkey, from year to year) a well chosen Chardonnay complements all those holiday flavours. Not to mention it goes wonderfully with stuffing, roasted potato and pumpkin!
Tracey DukeNovember 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm
Something special, that we don’t have in every day meals, is what I like our Xmas table to contain eg. turkey, duck, ham on the bone. It just depends on who we are feeding and what we can afford.
Janelle RobinsonNovember 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm
Christmas for us means a lovely big leg of freshly smoked ham, you can’t beat it cut straight off the bone. Mmmmm yummmmyyyy!!
Irene caracciaNovember 25, 2013 at 11:25 pm
The food item that definitely needs to be on a Christmas table is the stuffed Turkey with roasted potatoes. This can then be followed by dessert…the amazing pavlova topped with strawberry and kiwifruit. The colours would be so nice!
Caroline RNovember 25, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Cherries – nothing says festive more than these little bites of heaven! (perfect with chocolate too!)
Renae SomervilleNovember 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm
Absolutely a mixture of prawns, ham and chicken on my Christmas table!
Followed by all the fresh stone fruits of the season!
Angela DickNovember 25, 2013 at 11:31 pm
Smoked ham:) family tradition, had it every Christmas for 36yrs:)