Setting the Christmas Table – Australiania style

By Emma Hawkins.

Setting the Christmas table – It is one of my favourite things to do alongside decorating our tree. I secretly love hosting festive lunches and dinners because I adore setting the table so much (As long as someone is also helping me in the kitchen).

This year I am not hosting Christmas as we are heading to Toms Family farm in NSW. So, naturally I was thrilled when Harris Scarfe asked me to style my version of an Australian themed Christmas table.

I am a long time consumer of Harris Scarfe and their variety of products. The store within Market Square in Geelong is my local, I love that I can go in and get everything I need, a real one stop shop! Plus, there always seems to be a great promotion to take advantage of.

After some festive brainstorming and shopping at Harris Scarfe, my table was ready for the decorating to begin.

For this years Australian Christmas theme I naturally opted for native plants to run through the centre of the table. The sky is the limit for what you can do with this theme. I actually always recommend an “Australian” theme if you are on a budget. Why you ask? The flowers (being native) are on the cheaper side – or if you are like me and live in the bush you can source your own.

I started the table with these incredible SHAYNNA BLAZE Haven Placemats – I love the timber as it’s very raw and authentic, plus I knew I could reuse these all year around. They also have matching salad servers and drinks coasters that also come in white which are fab too.

Next, was the amazing MIKASA Grayson 16 Piece Dinnerware Set. I love the olive green tones and I knew they would go perfectly with the olive leaf branches that I was going to incorporate. I then placed the Christmas festive napkins under the table to add some Christmas colour and cheer to the mix.

Additional colours of gold and shimmer were then added to the table with the gold Salt and Pepper cutlery to which also complimented the red, silver and gold Christmas bauble decorations I used throughout the display (this is the easiest and most cost-effective way of transforming any table setting immediately to a Christmas table).

I added wooden name letters to the middle of the bowls to direct the guests to where they were sitting – again super easy and this added more of that raw timber feeling to the table. 

Once I put together the flowers throughout the center of the table I placed the baubles and gold Christmas scented candles amongst the feature. 

Last but not least are the Christmas gold and red bonbons. I wanted to go traditional with the bonbons as a bit of tradition is always nice and nostalgic.

I also added a very “Australian” and real Christmas tree to the corner of the table. I simply cut down a branch from a bloom tree (these last forever once they don’t have blooms on them) I also added in some olive tree branches and filled the tree with lights and Christmas decorations all from the wonderful Harris Scarfe.

This table was super easy to put together and very cost friendly which is a real bonus during the festive season. Remember to use what you have access to first for example flowers and native pieces from your garden. From there you can spend your money on beautiful staple items that are not only perfect for Christmas but will also see you through other occasions too. Happy decorating!



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