The tree is up, the presents are wrapped and the food is in the fridge – now it’s time to start thinking about how you’d like to dress your Christmas dinner table. This is where most of the action will be happening on the big day, so it’s important that it looks the part.
What’s great is that creating an impressive festive tablescape doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Etsy is filled with ideas to help you decorate your Christmas dinner table at a great price, from candles and crackers, to glassware and crockery – all handmade by talented independent sellers.
From 18-30 November, you can also get 60% off selected products in Etsy’s Cyber Week sale. There’s deals across a huge range of products, and you might find a few extra goodies to add to your own Christmas wish list, too.
Here are a few of the festive tableware items we’ve got our eyes on this festive season.
If you’re making an effort to be more eco-conscious this year, these reusable crackers are perfect for filling with money, tickets, vouchers or other treats. There are six cross-stitched designs to choose from, including bells, sleighs and reindeers, or you can buy a complete set with an optional gift box thrown in. The small compromise is there’s no snap, but what you get in return is a unique festive decoration that brings excitement for years to come.
Buy cross-stitched reusable Christmas crackers from Etsy.
Made from soy, these vegan-friendly candles have been intricately handmade and infused with festive scents that really set the scene for cosy season. They’re a fabulous finishing touch for your Christmas dinner table, or you can use them as stocking fillers.
Buy these Christmas tree candles from Etsy.
Handmade by Noar Ceramics, a ceramicist based in the UK, these side plates have a mixture of unique effects and glossy colours, and are almost celestial in their design. At 18cm across, they’re perfect for desserts, starters or (if you have any appetite left after your Christmas dinner) a cheese course.
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Buy these ceramic side plates from Etsy.
This chopping board is an excellent after-dinner centrepiece to deck with antipasti, cheeses, chutneys or other nibbles. What makes it special is you can personalise it with initials and, because it’s hand-carved from a single piece of olive tree, each slab of wood is completely unique in its shape and markings.
Buy this personalised chopping board from Etsy.
Ideal for spooning out helpings of Christmas veg or pudding, these stylish matte servers come as a set of two. They’re finished with sleek handles and available in both gold and rose gold colourways, so very easy to coordinate with the rest of your festive tableware.
Buy these handmade serving spoons from Etsy.
Reach for this quirky whiskey glass when you fancy an after-dinner tipple – it’s been etched with Manchester’s iconic skyline by artist Meha Hindocha, and features some of the city’s most familiar landmarks. The perfect gift for the Mancunian in your life, it’s available individually or as part of a gift set of four.
Buy this Manchester whiskey glass from Etsy.
Nothing says Christmas like a boozy yuletide beverage, and this decanter is a great festive piece for the dinner table. Fill it with whichever spirit, wine or soft drink you like – there’s room for up to 500ml of liquid, and each bottle has a wooden stopper. If giving as a gift, you can also pay extra to add a personalised silver metal tag to the neck of the bottle, or buy a small metal funnel to make decanting easier.
Buy this Christmas decanter from Etsy.
A must at the dinner table, these pretty marbled coasters are made from jesmonite and have handy railed edges to keep cups and glasses securely in place. Sold as a set of four or six, they’re also filled with foam protectors on the underside, so you don’t need to worry about table scratches.
Buy this gold marbled coaster set from Etsy.
For a centrepiece that really wows dinner guests, look no further than this stunning handmade wreath. Available in two styles, either zinc or brass, the candle holder is decorated with intricate floral details and sprinkled with fern fronds and beaded berries. Simply add candles or tealights to see it in its full glory.
Buy this floral advent candle holder from Etsy.
Embellished with gold around the rim, this handmade porcelain bowl features a beautiful drawing of a peacock in the centre, and is the ideal size for seasonal snacks and nibbles. There are also four styles to choose from, but the gold-on-gold is our favourite and certainly the most festive.
Buy this ceramic bowl with peacock from Etsy.
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