Hostess with the Mostest: Plan a Classy Christmas Affair

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Christmas has crept up on us (faster than we would like!) and in between mad dashes to buy presents and ensuring that the fridge is full of Prosecco (#necessities), we have festive feasts to plan and frozen pigs in blankets to purchase. Some would say that décor is the least of our worries, but we would have to disagree!

Setting the perfect table is definitely one of the more fun elements of Christmas  – it beats basting the turkey anyway! And if you’re in the middle of planning Crimbo lunch, then you’ve stumbled upon this post in good time. We’ve sought help from the professionals and asked the brains behind BYDEAU and iDecorate to help us put together three gorgeous looks that are far from laying out your standard red, green and gold table cloth. Shall we?

White Marble Candle Holder ($169), Green Glass Votive ($290), Large Christmas Tree ($500), Small Christmas Tree ($30)


There is no hard and fast rule to say that the centre of your table is reserved for plates full of mince pies and decanters of wine (although we wouldn’t complain!). Add height and texture to your table using fresh, seasonal foliage, candle sticks and a little elbow grease. On a budget? Try your hand at making your own funky, ombre Christmas trees using a can of spray paint and a sprinkling of creativity. Check out your local craft store, or head over to Sham Shui Po for a wander. You may pick up some surprising seasonal goodies.

Gatsby Salad Plate ($250), Dali Light Blue Salad Plate ($360), Dali Light Grey Plate ($649), Every Christmas is Better With You Card ($60)

Cutlery and Crockery

Gone are the days where everything is expected to be matching – where’s the fun in that? Stack a quirky salad plate on top of a more subdued dining set and top with a cute, personalised tag. You could use coloured baubles, Christmas decorations or sprigs of festive firs as place markers which double as little extras for guests to take home.

Rose Gold Cutlery Set ($550), Gold Confetti Whiskey Set ($1,395), Let’s Party Coaster Set ($530)

Colour Schemes

If your Christmases tend to be quite traditional (read: festive-patterned napkins and mum’s old china), then playing with traditional elements and giving them a modern makeover is an easy way to update your dinner ‘do. Gold, green, red, pink… wait, pink? Throwing in an unexpected colour brings the table setting to life and ensures that the more subtle colours pop.

Gold Champagne Flutes ($990)


Roses have been associated with anniversaries and declarations of love since forever, so would you have thought that something as simple as strewing white roses throughout your centrepiece could bring such a Christmassy vibe to the table? We didn’t either! But, we love it.

Goldfinch Cutlery Set ($550), Marble Dinner Plate ($450), Gold Metal Lantern ($559), Gold Stoneware Candle Stick Holder ($65)

Cutlery and Crockery

The marble trend is everywhere and it fits the festive bill perfectly. Incorporating marble accents in to your table setting is an easy and foolproof way to to add sophisticated and stylish touches to your spread, while contrasting black and gold cutlery adds depth to a light or plain coloured surface.

Wire Candle Stand ($257)

Colour Schemes

Keep it classy and use the same accent colour across your table setting and mix with different shades of green foliage to keep this look fresh against the more traditional gold touches!

Antique Pearl Ornament ($75), Diamond Ornament ($62), Multi-Colour Stoneware Votive($180), Pink Onyx Candle ($995)


Gone overboard on Christmas tree decorations (guilty!)? Nestle any spares in amongst your centrepiece, using different shapes, colours and sizes throughout. Add height using candle sticks and pair with a Glass Candle Stick Holder to mimic baubles; as the rest of the centrepiece is quite low rise, these will look really cool when lit above all the different colours and textures.

Rose Gold Cutlery Set ($550), Jazz Age Plates ($880), Icaras Salad Plate ($250), Snowflakes Dinner Plate ($270)

Cutlery and Crockery

We’ve said it before – have fun mix and matching colours and different metals, as you can’t really go wrong at this time of year! We can only assume that there will be several courses throughout the feast (it is Christmas after all!), so stacking plates not only saves on space, but using different patterns brings the setting to life.

Glass Candle Stick Holder ($239), Lilac Stoneware Votive ($109), Gatsby Salad Plate ($250), Gold Wire Delight Ornament ($78)

Colour Schemes

While these three different looks use similar accents throughout, it’s quite impressive that you can switch up the entire look of a table setting just by changing the blooms that you use. We love the hues of pinks, purples and reds, as they really contrast in texture and draw the eye to your centrepiece. You don’t have to limit yourself to using a bouquets, BYDEAU actually encourage us to customise our arrangements and play around with seasonal and unusual flowers and foliage like velvety Dusty Miller plants.

Sassy x iDecorate x BYDEAU Shop the Shoot Event!

With just four Mondays until Christmas Day, we hope that some of these looks have inspired your planning and given you a couple of ideas to recreate on the big day. Join us in shopping the shoot on Wednesday, 6 December and pick up a couple of key items from iDecorate and fabulous florals from BYDEAU!

Sassy readers are invited to RSVP using the form below and join in our VIP evening from 6-8pm. Head on over to iDecorate’s Times Square store for drinks, nibbles and lots of discounts! Bag 20% off iDecorate products and 15% off gorgeous Christmas wreaths and tulip bundles from BYDEAU!

Can’t make it? iDecorate is also offering 20% in store if you stop by any time between 11am-10pm on the day and quote “Sassy” at checkout. Alternatively, shop its store online using the *discount code “Sassyxmas2017“! *expires within 24-hours

All the deets:

Where: iDecorate, Shop 926, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
When: Wednesday, 6 December, VIP evening 6-8pm
How much: Free entry! Don’t forget your purses and to RSVP using the form below.

Looking for the perfect flower arrangement? BYDEAU have an amazing range of blooms that’ll transform your party, or don’t hesitate to get in touch via email or call 5525 0037 and create something entirely unique! Don’t forget to check out its flower subscription – perfect for fresh blooms all through the season! All floral arrangements above were created by BYDEAU.

Keen to recreate some of these Christmas looks? iDecorate‘s online store is homeware heaven! Checkout their website to get your hands on any of the featured items, or simply browse for further festive inspo!

Thanks to our talented photography intern, Tiffany Ku for all of the beautiful images above! Follow her on Instagram here.