Aside from a sparkling tree, a well-dressed table is the centrepiece of the Christmas celebrations.

The table setting has to be beautiful and inviting, while the table and chairs themselves are probably the hardest-working pieces of furniture in the house over the festive period! Here’s everything you need to think about…

The dining table

First up, is your existing dining room table big enough for all the guests you’re expecting? While it can be fun to all squash in together, you need at least enough elbowroom to eat comfortably. If you’re having several gatherings with differing numbers, then an extendable table is the best and most flexible option – you can seat small numbers without feeling like there’s loads of empty space around the table, then just extend the table for when you have lots of people coming. Dark rustic wood tables hold the test of time and age well, they give a natural look to the room that adds to those special family meals.

An extending table is also a great option for a kitchen, as it’ll provide a space for guests to sit and chat while you’re cooking without taking up too much room, then can be made longer for when it’s time to eat.

The dining chairs

When it comes to chairs, comfort is key. The dining table tends to be the heart of the home, and guests may be sitting here for long, lazy breakfasts and lunches, as well as Christmas dinner itself – and in between meals, too. If your chairs are a little on the hard side, invest in some seat pads that simply tie to the chair backs. They’re a great way to give old, tired chairs an instant update, too.

If you’re investing in new chairs, consider upholstered chairs that can work in the living room as well as around the table, such as our Annabelle armchairs.

The table setting

On Christmas Day, the table should look extra special with as much sparkle as you can muster – think silver platters, candles in gilded candelabra, and holly and ivy cascading from crystal vases, all on a spotless tablecloth. Tie ribbons and baubles to chair backs and scatter Christmas confetti between the place settings.

Take a look at our dining room sets to see what tables and chairs could work in your home, then bring out the glitter!