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FESTIVE TABLE STYLING BY LE JOUR DU OUI

Photography by Ana Lui

The annual Christmas feast is one of the most eagerly awaited meals of the year in most households around the world. Whether you celebrate with a big dinner on Christmas Eve, a decadent lunch on Christmas Day or dinner on the night itself, the tradition brings families, friends and loved ones together around a table for many hours – so why not make that table as beautiful as the experience itself?

Event stylist Cristina Di Giovanna of Le Jour du Oui says styling your festive table is as important as decorating your tree and will help create unforgettable memories for your friends and family. Here she presents four different types of table settings to help you get inspired for your own Christmas event, and if you’re too busy in the kitchen and need some help with styling, the Le Jour du Oui team is also available to style any festive events on the white isle this Christmas and New Year.

A beautiful rustic table setting is one of the most simple yet stylish settings for Christmas at home. Decorated in whites, wood and greens, it creates a mood very respectful of nature and feels very friendly and laidback. Mix accessories like wooden candles, pine branches and chic metallic Christmas decorations with white plates and green glasses for a pared back table that won’t take long to prepare, but will wow your guests come meal time.

Styling tip: “Pick up pine branches on a nice winter walk and place them in the middle of the table to create a long centerpiece,” says Cristina. “combine them with different sizes candles for a rustic, raw and natural effect.”

Table settings and decor by CoCoq Ibiza and Le Jour du Oui

Nordic themed interiors are very much on-trend right now and you can easily incorporate this style into your own table settings on Christmas day. Forget messy tablecloths and linens – these only get dirty and create more washing later on! Rather, style a natural wooden table with ceramic plates and gold cutlery, accessorized with tiny tealights, mini Christmas trees and red berries to create a cosy Christmas ambience.

Styling tip: “Use fresh cinnamon and star anise to decorate plates or around napkins,” says Cristina. “They add a lovely Christmas scent to the room.”

Table settings and décor by Cocoq Ibiza and Le Jour du Oui. Cutlery and Crockery: Imma Disseny. Table: Showroom Home.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Add a dash of Ibiza bohemian style with a paisley print tablecloth, beautifully embossed plates and mother-of-pearl cutlery for a Christmas dinner you’ll never forget. Bring the Christmas feeling to the table with dashes of vibrant red – think tall tapered candles, angels, hearts and vintage inspired decorations – and fuse with festive elements like stars, mini Christmas trees and pine cones. Using pretty heart emblazoned mugs instead of glasses brings a true boho feeling to your lunch – what else would you sip mulled wine from anyway?

Styling tip: “Put a small gift, such as a vintage Christmas decoration, on each plate for your guests,” says Cristina. “Pick something different to suit each guest’s personality – it will make them feel special and loved.”

Table settings and decor by La Galeria Elefante and Le Jour du Oui

If you like your Christmas experiences to be madcap and whimsical, then take inspiration from this ‘Ibiza Crazy Table’. Cristina says this is perfect for those unconventional types who don’t like traditional Christmas decoration. It’s all about colours and gold, with a rustic wooden blue table as the base, teamed with acid coloured plates and golden cutlery, metallic coloured angels and mini hearts strewn across the setting. The mosaic ‘Magic’ sign centerpiece brings everything together, with teensy trees and quirky decorations like birds, buses and hearts adding the finishing touch. The fun will start before you even sit down to eat!

Styling tip: “Mix Christmas decorations with untraditional objects to create an eclectic table for festive parties with friends,” says Cristina. “Replace traditional placecards with unexpected pieces like decoupage soaps.”

Table settings and decor by La Galeria Elefante and Le Jour du Oui

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