Setting the table for Christmas lunch can for some people involve as much effort as decorating the tree. In recent years, table settings have become more thoughtful and often increasingly decadent, coining the expresssion ‘tablescaping’.
The term tablescaping was first mentioned in the 1960s by interior decorator David Hicks but has gained popularity through Instagram accounts dedicated to this art. Think of it as dressing your table but in as simple or as an extravagant style as you wish.
But what does tablescaping actually encompass? Is it difficult thing to do? How do you choose what style of decoration to go for?
To answer these questions we turned to Melanie Johnson, Food Editor at Country Life magazine who is known for her beautiful table settings which are showcased on her Instagram account @melathomeltd. Melanie explains, ‘Your tablescape creates an atmosphere so think about colour tones and what feeling you’re aiming for. Maybe you want to create a warm and cosy atmosphere like you would find in a chalet in the mountains with snow falling outside, or maybe you would like a more classic design of white, green and silver which nods to frosted blades of grass on a crisp Winter’s morning. Either way, start with the essentials of your crockery and glassware and then run with your idea, adding or taking away decorative elements until you feel you have the right balance.’