Festive Tablescapes: Hosting the Perfect Christmas Dinner

Monday 11th December 2023 - Cara Bentham


Festive Tablescapes: Hosting the Perfect Christmas Dinner

Discover how to blend timeless antiques and charming collectables into your tablescape for an enchanting holiday feast.

The holiday season is upon us, and so many of us are focused on hosting the perfect Christmas dinner. Beyond the delicious food and the warmth of shared moments, creating a festive tablescape adds a touch of magic to your gathering. Add a memorable touch your Christmas dinner tablescape by incorporating timeless antiques and collectables. Let's explore some delightful suggestions to make your table visually stunning while adding a sense of history and charm.

Antique China and Dinnerware

Start your festive tablescape journey with some charming antique china and vintage dinnerware. Delicate porcelain or elegant bone china with festive patterns can set the tone. Choose pieces that showcase classic Christmas motifs like holly, mistletoe, or winter scenes. These timeless treasures add a touch of elegance or even some cut kitsch, and serve as conversation starters, making your dinner table a captivating focal point.

Vintage Glassware and Stemware

Complement your antique dinnerware with vintage glassware and stemware. Crystal glasses or intricately designed goblets can add a touch of glamour to each place setting. Consider pieces with etched patterns or those adorned with festive colours. The play of light through these vintage glasses can create a mesmerising effect, enhancing the overall ambience of your Christmas dinner.

Silverware and Flatware Sets

Incorporate antique silverware and flatware sets into your tablescape for a touch of timeless sophistication. Elegant silver cutlery passed down through generations brings a sense of history to your festive gathering. Antique silverware's intricate designs and craftsmanship add a touch of luxury, turning your Christmas dinner into a truly special occasion.

Festive Centrepieces with Collectible Figurines

Create a captivating focal point for your Christmas dinner table with a festive centre silverware piece. Antique or collectable figurines, such as vintage Christmas ornaments or porcelain Santas, can be arranged in the centre. Choose pieces that resonate with the holiday spirit and let them become the heart of your tablescape. Consider placing these figurines on a vintage cake stand or an antique serving platter to add height and visual interest.

Antique Linens and Napkin Rings

Complete your Christmas dinner table setting with antique linens and napkin rings. Vintage tablecloths, embroidered napkins, or lace doilies can add a soft and nostalgic touch. Pair them with antique napkin rings featuring festive designs or motifs. Combining these charming details enhances the overall vintage appeal of your tablescape, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Collectible Christmas Plates

Take your festive tablescape to the next level by incorporating collectable Christmas plates. Adorned with holiday-themed illustrations or intricate patterns, these plates can be used as functional dinnerware and decorative elements. Consider mixing and matching plates with different designs to add a playful and eclectic touch to your table or for an all out maximalist look.

Candle Holders and Vintage Candles

Set a cosy and intimate ambience by incorporating antique and vintage candle holders into your Christmas tablescape. Brass or silver candlesticks, paired with festive-coloured candles or delicate taper candles, can cast a warm glow over your dinner setting. The flickering candlelight adds a touch of romance and elegance, turning your Christmas dinner into a magical experience.

Antique Serving Dishes and Platters

Present your Christmas feast in style by using antique serving dishes and platters. Vintage silver or porcelain serving trays with intricate handles and decorative edges add to the visual appeal of your culinary creations. Showcase your festive dishes on these timeless pieces, turning each serving into a work of art. If you're creating a retro dinner including blancmange look for a fun mould, orhow about that family favourite of trifle in a 1970s serving dish. 


Hosting a perfect Christmas dinner can go beyond just the menu; it's about creating a memorable experience and welcoming atmosphere for your guests. By incorporating these suggestions for festive tablescapes with antiques and collectables, you'll add a unique charm to your Christmas dinner that resonates with the traditional nature of this celebration. Embrace the beauty of the past and make this Christmas dinner an occasion to remember. Auctions are a great place to find antique and vintage pieces for your tablescape, so why not browse the catalogues of our upcoming auctions for more inspiration?