As Christmas festivities near and we look forward to warmly welcoming loved ones back home to enjoy a socially-distanced dinner, Kilkenny Design shares their top tips for planning an unforgettable table setting. Make magical memories with family this Christmas. 

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Build out your Theme 

Choosing your colour theme is the most important task when planning your tableware setting. Traditional reds and luxurious golds are the call of the day for Christmas 2020 as families around the country look to add a warm and cosy atmosphere to their home.

Once you have settled on a colour scheme, choose a show-stopping centrepiece and build your table decor out using wreaths and garlands. 

Head of Creative and Visual Merchandising at Kilkenny Design, Fearghal Kavanagh, says:

"First, plan ahead for all the crockery and glassware you will be using on your dining table that day and ensure it's prepped the night before you are hosting. Make sure you choose a centrepiece for the table, one that relates in some way to the rest of your theme."

"I always use garlands as a runner for my dining table, it really adds a wholesome festive look. Start decorating with your chosen centrepiece, add the runner and/or garland, then crockery and glassware and place additional serving bowls or cutlery somewhere close to hand so it’s ready to go when the food is ready. The final step is standing back to review your Christmas table and asking yourself, is it balanced?"

Serve in Style 
From dinner sets to cutlery, investing in good quality, elegant serveware will allow you to make Christmas memories for years to come. 

Belleek Grafton 12 Piece Dinner Set, WAS €120.00, NOW €69.00

Belleek Occasions 72 Piece Cutlery Set, WAS €350.00, NOW €149.00

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Cheers With Crystal 
This year, more than ever, we all deserve a special treat. Up your glassware game and toast to a New Year with elegant crystal filled to the brim with bubbles. Alternatively if you're fond of a good ole cuppa tea, invest in locally made pottery and fill your home with comforts. 

Marquis By Waterford Crystal Maxwell Champagne Flutes, WAS €80.00, NOW €40.00

Paul Maloney Teal Slim Mug, €22.00

Incorporate your Food 
Don't let all your hard work in the kitchen go to waste. Incorporate your dishes into your table setting to add a wholesome ambience - plus you can show off those culinary skills!

Check out Kilkenny Cafe's infamous Guinness Brown Bread recipe here.

Add a Personal Touch 
Your Christmas tableware theme should be personal to you and represent your family. From personal notes at each place setting to elements with more meaning. The Round Robin Board by Caulfield Country Boards is a touching way to represent lost loved ones this Christmas. The robin at Christmas often symbolises loved ones watching over us, we couldn't think of a more beautiful way to serve a dish. 

Caulfield Country Boards The Robin Round Board, €50.00

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