Top of the festive tables

When the chores of peeling and stuffing are done, it’s a major treat to turn your attention to creating a stunning Christmas table.

Once the furniture is sorted and you’re sure you can seat everyone comfortably, pour yourself a glass of something cold and fizzy and let your creative juices flow. Here are six looks for a winning table whatever your taste.

LORD OF THE MANOR - Next
If you’re a traditionalist go over the top with rich colours, tartan and luxurious textures transforming your dining room into a festive country house retreat. Go for warmth and old school glamour.

ECLECTIC CHARM - Home Sense
For relaxed types this is a winner and it doesn’t look like you’ve tried too hard. A relaxed host equals happy guests after all. Mix and match glassware and table linen with ornate candelabra and colourful baubles for a chic chilled out vibe.

MINIMALIST MAGIC - John Lewis
If you’re more minimalist than traditionalist stick to your guns and keep it simple with clean, crisp white linen and colourful accessories. Less is definitely more.

VINTAGE VA VA VOOM - John Lewis
The vintage revival is still going strong and is a big theme this year. Vintage style baubles are a great way to achieve the look. Dot them around the table or hang them from a centre piece for a touch of glamour.

GOLD RUSH - M&S
For those hoping to achieve a decadent grown up vibe, create some drama with a dark colour scheme accented with gold touches.

WHITE OUT - House of Fraser
Get back to basics and team white china with sprigs of rosemary or whatever you have to hand from the garden. Add vintage glassware and silver accessories for maximum impact.