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ceramic santas, LED houses and other christmas decorations on tabletop

Top trends in tabletop decorations

Published: 06/11/2023

Whether it’s festive fizz and canapes, mulled wine and minced pies or the full Christmas dinner, entertaining at home is one of the joys of the season. Choosing the right decorations to set the scene is all part of the excitement and helps get us into the Christmas spirit.

Whilst the Christmas tree might be the focal point of your Christmas décor there are plenty of opportunities to add festive touches elsewhere around your home. As an established Christmas supplier to the retail industry, Floralsilk starts designing new Christmas products more than a year before they are available on our shelves.  So our Christmas Buyer, Amanda Aiken, is perfectly placed to share a few insights into what is trending for tables, shelves, and mantles this Christmas.

led christmas tree outline with wooden presents on a dresser
candle holder with foliage and berries on dining table

‘We’re seeing a huge amount of interest in tabletop decorations this year. Inspired by their favourite influencers, people are taking time to really think about how they decorate every area of their living spaces. Of course, you can make a huge impression with your traditional Christmas tree, wreath, or garlands but it’s the little, sometimes surprising, touches that can really enhance your décor and make a lasting impression on guests.’ recounts Amanda.

mini christmas trees with decorations on tabletop
white LED twig tree decoration on tabletop

A tree for every room

Dotting mini trees around your home is a very simple but effective way to bring Christmas into every room. Children love getting involved with decorating a tree their own way, especially if there are mini baubles and decorations to hang. We are also seeing people opting for mini bristle trees which enable you to create miniature winter wonderlands around your home.

Adding a tabletop pre-lit tree is also a great way to bring some cosy Christmas lighting to a dark corner, position to the rear of a side table to leave space for guests to perch their drinks on. Trees can also be used alongside garlands or other decorations to create height on your mantlepiece or console table display.

Pared back ceramics

We’re seeing an increase in popularity of the more minimalist, pared back tabletop decorations, giving a subtle nod to Christmas.  Long lasting and perfect for use year after year, trending choices range from simple white ceramic houses, which are proving particularly popular, to subtle nativity scenes.

ceramic santas, LED houses and other christmas decorations on tabletop
festive artificial amaryllis plant in pot with ceramic LED houses

The neutral colour works equally well on its own as it does in amongst more wintery foliage and berries. Group together different sizes of house or match with ceramic trees in the same style and colour. Tiny LED lights create a cosy final touch.

festively decorated christmas dining table with metal mini trees, garland and reindeer
christmas table garland with lights, candles and decorative birds on dining table

Little details to transform a festive table

A search of tablescaping on social media will quickly see you head down a rabbit hole of mind-blowing table décor. The great thing about Christmas is that there are plenty of ways to add layers of decoration and little touches that really give your table the wow factor.

Faux floral centrepieces are always a popular, stress-free way of adding festive foliage and flowers to your table, little trees can add height, and candles, fairylights or other light-up decorations are an essential factor for adding a bit of sparkle. We’re seeing a rise in natural or rustic decorations with mini birds having a moment. Positioning a festive robin or pheasant amongst foliage or perching them on the table will delight diners and add a fun countryside touch.

Tableplans can be a bit of a headache but with people putting so much effort into setting the perfect party scene there’s always solid demand for placeholders. They are a great way to get your guests in the right seat and there are options available to suit any table styling.

Adding some Scandi charm

Reflected in the pared back colours of white ceramics, and the popularity of frosted foliage and natural looking mini trees, the Scandi trend is still going strong. The style is one of clean lines and simple beauty, but simple doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun. We are seeing more and more people inviting gonks into their home!

christmas gonks with ceramic houses

Born of Nordic and Scandinavian mythology, these little creatures are said to bring good luck to households who invite them in and treat them kindly. Large or small gonks are proving a great way to add a light-hearted touch. They come in a wide range of coloured outfits – we’ve even got a hi-top wearing one – so people can choose whichever size or style suits their décor best.

Your decorations will be the backdrop to Christmas memories. Whether you are throwing the party of the year, cooking for extended family or just spending time with a few friends, make sure you choose festive touches that will set the tone for the fun ahead.