How to dress a formal festive dinner table this holiday

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We suggest stepping up your Christmas dinner game this year to make it a formal sit-down dinner.  Here's the inspiration you need to dress a formal dinner table.
One of the things we most look forward to during the holidays is the copious amounts of delicious food – especially that traditional Christmas dinner. Make sure your table décor matches your culinary flair with these tips. 
Written by Emma Follet-Botha

Night-time table settings offer an opportunity to add a hint of moodiness and drama to the overall scene. Embrace this with bold place settings – think a metallic placements, crisp white crockery and beige and white cotton hemstitch napkins for continuity.

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For your centrepieces, hint at a traditional theme with home-made pine needle wreaths, pinecones and berries. Real or artificial, the choice is yours. Use clear glass and delicate platters which will emphasise and complement your centrepieces instead of distracting from them.

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Swap out the daytime-friendly coloured glasses for elaborate crystal decanters and sophisticated clear and delicate glassware. To enhance the ambience, gold candles are a must, as are gold leaf ornaments. Add some strategically placed metallic baubles for good measure.

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Fashion editor: Rushana Burton. Fashion assistant: Primrose Skolo. Table and food stylist: Marushka/Bird On A Wire. Stills photography: Paulo Tereiro.

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