Let's talk about the Christmas table. Is it something you plan and prepare for? Taking the trouble to write place name cards and creating a spectacular centerpiece. Or is it a last minute scrabble to get the table laid before the food goes cold? In truth for most of us it's a mixture of both. The best laid plans can sometimes go awry in the hustle and bustle of Christmas morning. So here's some inspiration from our favourite high street stores to get things back on track.
White and Frosty
Marks and Spencer have created this informal setting using plain white porcelain and glittery silver baubles. It's very Scandinavian with a no frills approach (well apart from that garland hanging above the table which we wouldn't advise attempting after a glass or two of Prosecco!)
Elegant and Traditional
By contrast House of Fraser have pulled out all the stops. You'll need your best china and table linen to create this look. A simple vase of eucalyptus leaves and some plain crackers look very sophisticated in this setting and it will all look even better after dark when the candles will flicker away.
Not the usual colour scheme for Christmas day but oh, so pretty. Follow Debenhams lead and decorate the chair backs with some sprigs of foliage and the baubles you couldn't fit onto the tree.
Grown Up Glamour
A liberal sprinkling of gold and a combination of royal blue and green gives this table from Dunelm an Art Deco feel. One that the grown-ups will appreciate.
What's your favourite?