Christmas in the Houses always has a warm, cosy atmosphere to give members and guests that ‘home from home’ feeling that we’re known for. Whether your main festive meal is a formal dinner on Christmas Eve or a feast of Boxing Day leftovers, do it justice with a table set with crystal, candles, silverware and white china. Soho House Style Director Siobahn Farley explains how to get it right…

Dressing for Dinner

‘I like a more natural feel with a bit of formal for the special occasion of Christmas. I would start with a nice vintage or linen table runner on a big old wooden table. I love having stacked plates at each setting, mixing in a vintage or patterned Burleigh plate between the white to give some colour and pattern.'

Good Enough to Eat

‘I always have a big ham and Christmas cake (made a couple of months earlier and fed with brandy) displayed on the table. I have an old ceramic ham stand that’s brought out every year! Add bowls of chocolates for colour and to nibble on between courses – because you can at Christmas.’

Silver, Crystal and Candlelight

‘Use our Barwell crystal glassware or mix and match vintage glasses for water, wine and Champagne. Add silver wine holders and vintage silver cutlery – I love having the full set out so each place setting is set and formal. Add some vintage brass candlesticks of all heights and tall tapered candles or little groups of vintage candle holders.’

Finishing Touches

‘I have a big light over my table which I decorate with green foliage (I use olive, eucalyptus and mistletoe) and have a few low-lying floral bits such as dried hydrangeas and pine cones on the table. Use brown paper Christmas crackers with velvet ribbon bows on the plates and napkins in holders on the side by the knives.’

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