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How do you want to celebrate this season?

01 December 2015

When it comes to setting the table this festive season, editor Helen Bazuaye is embracing the motto: Do it your way!

Helen Bazuaye, IKEA FAMILY Editor-in-Chief

‘Our festive table shoot is one of the editorial team’s favourites. It’s a chance to let the left and right sides of our brains have fun together and create table settings that are not just inspiring, but also easy to recreate at home. Over time, I’ve realised that what makes the difference is not just thinking about the beauty of the overall table, but also the feeling it might create for those sitting down to share food and time. Here are some of my recent favourites. I love them because you could try everything and have a great time, or you could just take a bit that you like. And as beautiful as they all are, I think there is a gap in each one – that space that’s waiting for you to add your twist and make it your very own. Have a look, get inspired, and I hope you enjoy the time you spend with loved ones at your table as much as you enjoy setting it!’

A softly lit theatrical chandelier and white dinner setting with table decorations
Close-up of a dinner table set with glasses and floral decorations

Pick a theme and go with it

This is the fancy dress of table settings. We went for a ballet theme, but you could draw inspiration from your favourite book, film or song of the year!

An icy cool glass-effect dining room with a snowball lampshade and a large white rug
Close-up of warmly lit candles in glass candlesticks next to glass dinnerware

Use one colour

For this table we started with glass and built on that. If you’re going to give your table the imapct of one colour, try layering it by using different textures and tones. And candles in the same colour are a great way to add warmth and intimacy.

A festive table setting with a large fluffy rug under the warm glow of woven lights
Wooden chair covered in a fluffy rug beside a festive table setting with candles

Be comfortable

How nice is it to sit at the table and chat into the night, long after the last bit of food is shared? For this table, we worked with natural materials to bring warmth. 

Decorations hang from a branch over a nature-inspired festive dining room table

Try a different kind of centrepiece

I love this hanging branch – having it up high means there’s nothing to stop conversation flowing across the table. And you can use it as a natural backdrop – changing what you hang from it to match what’s on the table below... or to mirror the season outside.