An alternative Christmas table

Controversial, I know, but I’m not a big fan of red. I look at the way other people use it and I can see the beauty in it, but if I am surrounded by red, it makes me feel a bit anxious and seems to jar with the other colours in my home. So when it comes to Christmas, I end up filling my home with a colour that doesn’t make me happy, which is a bit of a shame. This year, I have decided not to let a single red decoration through the door and instead I am embracing the pastel pinks, blues and greens that I love, as well as my favourite white and a few hints of black. The only worry that I have is how to make that look Christmassy but as long as it looks beautiful and special, what does it matter?

I am very lucky to be sponsored this month by the wonderful Occa-Home and what I love most about this online store is that there is so much to choose from, no matter what your style, which is perfect for me because I am always combining different styles in my home. When I started to look for products to use for my Christmas table, I got lost in the all of the beautiful traditional tableware but then I was totally seduced by the gorgeous Scandinavian inspired designs that fit perfectly with my favourite pastel colours.

So, without further ado, here is my Christmas table, styled using lots of lovely goodies from Occa-Home and a few homemade bits by me…

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I selected the striking Design House Stockholm Nordic Light as the centrepiece for the table and instead of choosing white dinner candles I chose Eau de Nil coloured ones, which tie in with the other colours I have used. This candelabra is foldable and you can adjust it to create different shapes – I absolutely love it and it’s perfect for my alternative Christmas table.

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The Bloomingville Olivia plates are blue and green and the Bloomingville Alberte plates are pink and yellow.

Whilst browsing Occa-Home I came across the Bloomingville Olivia plates and they are the perfect colours for my pastel theme. They can also be used on any other day of the year, which is an added bonus, but by placing these beautiful Linen Works napkins on them, a piece of Eucalyptus and the bowl, it instantly makes it look far more special than your average dinner time. There is so much beauty in the simplicity of this place setting and the soft colours.

I hung these co-ordinating baubles and a big pom pom from the ceiling to make the table feel more special and celebratory. I also made the octahedrons (just the technical name for the pretty 3D diamond shapes) from white card.

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I love the soft blues, pinks, greens of my Christmas table.

I wanted to make some special name settings and I decided to make a personalised bauble, that could be taken away by guests after the meal – a bit like a wedding favour. The baubles fit perfectly in these gorgeous Design House Stockholm Dot bowls.

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The napkins are beautiful classic linen made by Linen Works and the bowls are Design House Stockholm Blond Dot bowls.

I strung up the baubles, pom pom and diamonds with very fine white cotton and I love how it appears as though they are floating above the table.

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I hung baubles and handmade diamonds from the ceiling.

To make my decorations:

1. Baubles:

If you’d like to have a go at making these personalised baubles, that I have used as name settings, all you have to do is buy a set of clear baubles and pour a very small amount of paint into them. Swirl the paint around to about half way up the bauble. Make sure you use a quick drying paint or chalk paint, as they do take a long time to dry. The key is to use as little paint as possible, and once you have swirled the paint to where you want it to be, place the bauble on an egg cup or glass and leave it there for about 48 hours – don’t disturb it (or put it on the radiator as I did which creates condensation and ruins the crisp line – very annoying mistake!). I used a Dymo tape machine to create the name labels, which just stick onto the bauble.

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Place a piece of Eucalyptus and a personalised bauble on each place setting to make it special.

2. Octahedrons (diamonds)

The octahedrons are really easy to make. Jules very kindly drew out the shape for me on the computer and you can download the PDF here:  diamond octahedron. We have an A3 printer so printed them onto white card and used double sided tape to stick them together. I attached white cotton with tape inside the shape before I stuck them together.

I really hope you like my different take on a Christmas table. I had so much fun putting it together and not a bit of red in sight! I also love how using a specific colour palette can unify so many different styles – from mid-century dining chairs and a Victorian dining table to modern Scandinavian tableware.

What are you planning for your Christmas table?

Katy x

Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Occa-Home but the views and opinions are my own.


  1. 8th December 2014 / 8:39 pm

    so so lovely Katy…we’ve focussed on creating a more personal take on Christmas decorations too, & love how yours really reflect your own style. Beautiful colours & great idea for place names! Thank you for sharing x

    • katy
      15th December 2014 / 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Jessica. x

  2. 9th December 2014 / 9:14 am

    I know what you mean about Christmas colours! I lament our Christmas tree decorations regularly haha. These colours are lovely! x

    • katy
      15th December 2014 / 4:22 pm

      I know, the problem is that all of the trad red and gold decs that I have have memories attached to them so I don’t want to swap them out for pretty pastels. Decisions, decisions xx

  3. 9th December 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Just a delight! Such a relief to escape from the gaudy reds and golds that are everywhere at this time of year. You’ve created a pastel haven that is every bit as Christmassy! x

    • katy
      15th December 2014 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks, KP! xx

  4. 9th December 2014 / 4:25 pm

    I too hate red, and like you I am going for pastelly blues and pinks and white with black this year! I love your alternative christmas, simple and elegant!!

    • katy
      15th December 2014 / 4:15 pm

      Thank you, June! I’ve had a peek at some of your DIY xmas decs and they are amazing! xx

  5. 10th December 2014 / 8:49 am

    Ahhhhhhh this is gorgeous Katy! I love love LOVE the alternative Christmas colours and the simplicity in the styling. Oh and those personalised baubles are a treat too! Inspirational as always! Thanks xx

    • katy
      15th December 2014 / 4:14 pm

      Thank you so, so much, Soumya! I have to say I think this is one of my fave blog posts to date so it makes me happy that others like it too xxx

  6. 14th December 2014 / 10:14 am

    Ps. Where did you get these clear baubles from? Xx

    • katy
      15th December 2014 / 4:03 pm

      Eeep – sorry I missed this for so long. They have sold out where I bought them (a local garden centre, actually) but google clear glass baubles and hopefully you’ll be able to find some x

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