GLITTERS |Expert Suggession for Christmas Decoration


Gold combines grandeur and glamor and has timeless appeal for a celebration table. Layer gold touches — for instance, a gold charger plate, napkin and gold bauble on each place setting — to show them off to maximum effect.

“Place a few key decorations, perhaps gold baubles or metallic gold-sprayed fruit that match your colour scheme, along the length of a table runner to immediately create a festive effect and impact,” says Kerry Nicholls, tabletop buyer for John Lewis.

“Start with a tall centerpiece, either candlesticks or a flower arrangement, and work outwards in descending height. Match place mats and napkins to your runner to keep the theme consistent.”

TIP Tiny touches personalize a table. Put a small gold-sprayed box holding a gold-wrapped sweet or a bauble beside each place setting as a table treat for your guests.

GET THE LOOK Make a statement with a gold Metal Leaf Tree table centrepiece, £89 and a gold-coloured 24-Piece Twisted Cutlery Set £26, Oka.

Gold lacquered charger plate, £5, and Linea’s Decadence gold floral crackers, £25 for a box of 10, House of Fraser.

Homebase has a wealth of gilded touches: a gold Holly leaf lights garland, currently half price at £5.99, gold snowflake decorations, £4.99 for a pack of 24, and a Flowers bauble, in shiny silver with gold glitter, £2.49.

Gold ‘Lace’ print wine glasses, £9 each, and a cluster of gold ceramic star votive candles, £4 each, both from the Star by Julien Macdonald range at Debenhams, would make subtle golden table touches.

posted 12.12.12

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