6 Christmas Table Settings

Hi there!

For our next instalment of The 12 days of Christmas countdown at Rose Cottage we are showing you 6 table settings!

I can think of no one better than the gorgeous Laura Jane from The Homely Haven to show you all her amazing ideas…

Hello! I’m Laura J from The Homely Haven and I’ve been asked to write a guest blog by Jill on a few ideas for your Christmas table, as part of Rose Cottage’s 12 day of Christmas!

Its not long to the big day now, and i’m sure your head is filled with 101 things to get done… I know mine definitely is!

I always love to make our table a little special at Christmas, but not too over the top that the table styling takes longer than making the food!

These ideas are simple and can also be changed and adapted to suit the colours that you have chosen for your theme this year…you do have a theme don’t you??

I’ve played it safe and chosen to style a white dinner set 6 ways as most of us as a white dinner set knocking about our kitchen.

So here goes…


If you don’t want to pay for new place-mats for Christmas, simply wrap your current place-mats in a festive (or even brown paper) paper and you’ve instantly changed the look of your table! If you are a Cath Kidston or Emma Bridgewater fan, this is a brilliant way to incorporate the design on a budget. To finish the look, I have simply added a piece of holly (to match the design of the paper) a little place name tied with a beautiful velvet ribbon and the napkin tied with a simple knot. TOP TIP: turn your place-mat vertical rather than horizontal to gain much needed space around the table!


How cute is this little stocking! I found these in Home Bargains for 69p for six. They are a complete bargain and so, so fun for your Christmas table, even if you just use them for the kiddies place-settings! There is lots of leftover room for the odd chocolate coin as well!. I tied mine with a little bit of candy candy twine to hold it together a little more.

The little place name holder is simply made with three candy canes, melted together to form a little holder, you could use larger ones to create a more dramatic effect.

TOP TIP: this is a fabric place mat, but I have cut it in half! great way to save the pennies (and space on the table).


Keeping with the traditional red and white theme, This is a more adult version of the Christmas stocking idea.

I have created a little napkin pocket and simply finished with coordinating ribbon and a little Christmas wooden star with an initial stamped on.

TOP TIP: a little matching pillow box with the guests favourite sweet is always a lovely finishing touch.


This is the simplest of all. Fold your napkin into quarters length way and place under your plate/bowl and have hanging over the edge of the table. Simple yet elegant. I have finished with a wooden handmade Christmas decoration, but they equally make a beautiful place setting and then the guest can keep for their tree next year! TOP TIP: always set your table with your plates/bowls as it gives a much more dramatic effect to the table.


Change it up with your cutlery! I’ve invested in gold cutlery for this years Christmas table (complete design still not decided on, but white plate and gold cutlery are certain). This look would also be perfect for a new years day meal because its quite glam with the black/gold look. I’ve simply tied the cutlery together and set on the plate (finished with a little bauble and a gold leaf luggage tag) and finished with a knotted napkin. TOP TIP: instead of place mats, invest in some charger plates. You can find them in loads of high street shops and for as little as £1 a plate.


Embracing nature with this one. Keeping it plain and simple for the last table setting. A Pine cones and pine branch keeping it real and simply Christmas. The pine cone also works well as a place name holder. TOP TIP: If you don’t wan’t or have time) to faff about with your napkins…a simple napkin ring will do the trick! Try to choose one that will work with different colours and styles. I choose ones that match my place-mats.

And that’s a wrap folks!. Hope you’ve enjoyed these festive styling tips. Nothing fancy or too complicated, just a few ideas to help bring your Christmas table to life (especially if you aren’t that great a cook).

Love Laura xo

Thanks so much to Laura for sharing these great ideas!

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7 dresses to wear this festive season

Hi there!

Can you believe it’s so close to Christmas already?? With so much going on it’s easy to forget about dressing yourself for all the events your attending!

I’ve pulled together 7 of my favourite dresses to wear this December…Perfect for Christmas dinners, trips to see Santa or even on the big day itself!




(This ones a little cheat!!!…but gives the illusion of a dress!)





Let me know if you treat yourself to any of these beauties!

Enjoy the Christmas festivities!



12 Sites to see over the Christmas Period in Northern Ireland

Hi there!

This is the first entry in my 12 days of Christmas Countdown for Christmas at Rose Cottage!  I have pulled together a list of events we hope to attend this month and thought I would share them.   Please note, a lot of the events require tickets so check first on the links I have provided:

  1. Rock around the Christmas Tree

Thursday 13th December 4-7pm, Market Square Lisburn.  The Market Square will be transformed into a massive family friendly dance party with amazing outdoor lighting, disco balls, Christmas characters and lively tunes from DJ Andy Baird.

2. St Georges Twilight Market

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th Dec 4-11pm, St Georges Market Belfast.  Sample local food, drink and craft stalls.  There will also be live entertainment and cookery demonstrations.

3. Santa’s Magical Kingdom at the Argory

6th-16th Dec at The Argory Dungannon, there will be festive tales from Mrs Claus, lots of elves and Santa himself.

4. Santa and the Gruffalo’s Grotto

2nd-21st Dec in Colin Glen, Belfast.  There will be story telling and a visit to Santa’s Grotto.

5. Belfast Christmas Markets

17th-22nd Dec in front of the City Hall in Belfast.  This is my favourite Christmas event, with an outdoor food court, live music and lots of craft stalls.

6.Belfast Community Gospel Choir Concert

16th Dec 7.30-10.30pm in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.  Tickets range from £22-25.

7. Enchanted Winter Gardens

7th-17th Dec 4-9pm, Antrim Castle Gardens.

8. Christmas Market and Fun Day

2nd Dec 12-5pm at Belfast Castle.  There will be a Christmas Choir, santa and face painting.

9. Yuletide Market

Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th Dec in Rowallene Garden, Saintfield.  Craft fair, food and drinks, a local choir and vintage carousel.

10. Christmas at the Museum

The Polar Express comes to the Ulster Museum Belfast on Saturday 15th Dec .

11. Christmas Rooftop Cinema

Monday 10th Dec 7-10pm, The Perch Belfast are showing The Grinch.

Monday 17th Dec 7-10pm, The Perch Belfast are showing Elf on their outdoor roof top.

12. Santa Paws

On Sunday 2nd and Sunday 9th Dec 12-4pm, the Dirty Onion Belfast are holding a festive afternoon of live music, doggy fair and a photo of your dog with Santa!

I’ve tried to include something for everyone in here! Please let me know if there are any others I can add to my list!

Happy Christmas!