Christmas Table Decoration Tips

Photographer Lucy Levene; Styling Luminosa.

Luminosa is the event management company that mastered stunning – yet sustainable – special days planning. Taking care of design and management service, they rely on their team’s decades of experience in styling, design and catering. We spoke to Lucy Lee, who forged a career in design for social good. Her passion and a commitment to reducing environmental impact and her ability in creating dreamy atmospheres make her the perfect voice to follow for your sustainable Christmas Table decoration dilemmas. 

It might seem like a funny place to start, but when thinking about how to dress your Christmas table, as well as considering what you should have on there, it’s worth thinking about those things you should avoid. The obvious is crackers. These are often made of non recyclable composites and of course, what’s inside is so rarely kept. It’s also tempting to buy Christmas themed paper napkins. Instead, think about making your own reusable napkins from secondhand or unused fabric. Old sheets and duvet covers, in the right shade or print can look excellent if torn into generous squares and set loosely draped on place settings.

If you are investing in new decorations – whether its to dress your table, your tree or your home – make sure these are of good quality and will last. Even better, buy second hand. Try eBay for beautiful vintage candlesticks, vases and even tableware. Pick up interesting pieces in charity shops and ‘upcycle’ them by painting them with recycled paints.

If you are dressing the table with candles and flower arrangements, think about how these are sourced. Choose recycled candles: there are several companies that produce beautiful candles by collecting wax from churches, or buy British beeswax candles. Try to use foraged or dried foliage and flowers in your table arrangements and for your wreath. There are so many amazing native plants that work well for festive arrangements – the obvious being pine and holly – and so many plants and flowers that work well dried. Hydrangea heads, for example, are almost more beautiful dried than fresh and last forever.

Photographer Lucy Levene; Styling Luminosa.

Styling Luminosa.

You might also think about decorating the table with things that in themselves are edible and will form part of the meal. For example a centrepiece that includes grapes, apples, pears and nuts in their shells makes an elegant decoration and forms a part of the meal when cheese is served.

When it comes to dinner itself, focus on making vegetables the star, and consider wild meat as an alternative to traditionally reared meat, or find local, organic meat suppliers who rear livestock ethically.

Finally, when thinking about your tree, consider a living Christmas tree, and dress with LED lights, as these are much more efficient on energy consumption and last a lot longer than traditional lights.

Disclaimer: This post was made possible by the kind team at Luminosa Events. This post was not paid for.