There a few things we’ve been able to indulge in this year, and with Christmas just around the corner, we’ll be damned if we’re not going to indulge on this festive day – regardless of how many people we get to spend it with.

The tree has been assembled and the presents have been purchased. Heck even the food has been home delivered this year (the ONE benefit as a result of The Vid). The final step? The table décor, of course.

There’s nothing more fulfilling than a Christmas table that’s as Instagrammable as your smashed avo breakfast, and with Christmas just a mere two sleeps away, there’s only so many hours left to work out how you’ll be styling the table this year.

Thankfully, we’ve hit up professional stylist Gerard Wilton for his inexpensive yet aesthetically delightful tips on styling your 2020 Christmas lunch. Because, let’s be honest, we’re all thinking of ways to save money this year, so Gerard’s first and only point of call was Canberra Outlet’s homewares section.

“You don’t need to go overboard – consistency is key. Choose a theme and stick to it, i.e. use the same plates with matching side plates. It keeps the table looking clean and aesthetically pleasing,” says Gerard.

“Use a simple linen tablecloth and let the table do the talking! I also love to throw in surprise moments that wow the guests – ones that are super simple and easy, but really make an impression.”

“At the moment, I’m all about a personalised drinking cup moment that double as a place setting – whether that’s a name written on the glass or a piece of ribbon tied around the glass, it just adds something more,” he adds.

If you want to upscale your dining setting but don’t want to break the bank, Gerard recommends you use a mix of high-low.

“You can pick up great inexpensive linens and napkins, and then splurge on a great plate combination or a great champagne flute,” says Gerard.

“Utilise what you already have and purchase extras like a great vase, standout serving dishes, or some great festive bon-bons. A simple floral arrangement is also an instant dining setting upgrade!”

And if you really want to keep things simple, Gerard says to make use of the food as styling elements too.

“An Australian Christmas is not complete without seafood and fresh fruit. These not only look beautiful on a styled table they are also delicious. Try prawns, oysters, passionfruit, watermelon, cherries, pineapples…unlike the rest of the world, we have the best fresh food available at this type of year!”

If you’re keen to upscale your Christmas table this year, it’s as easy as heading to Canberra Outlet and perusing through their incredible homewares stores like Freedom, Harris Scarfe, Provincial, Adairs, Bed Bath n’ Table and so many more. Parking is free and with all stores grouped in their homewares section, you can be in and out in a flash!

Wishing you all a very merry and aesthetically pleasing Christmas!


Want to know how top Canberra restaurant TERRA created the Christmas Ham you see in these pictures? Here’s the recipe…

5 apricots
150ml maple syrup
100g brown sugar
1 tblsp Dijon mustard
2 limes zested and juiced
1 tblsp fennel seed
1 tblsp cumin

Blend all ingredients together until a paste is formed.

Using your hands, gently peel back the skin from your leg of ham, careful not to remove any fat.

Using a sharp knife, score the fat, taking care not to cut into the meat.

Position ham on baking tray, baste with one layer of glaze and place in a 160 degree oven.

Continue basting ham every 10 minutes until glaze becomes caramalised (around 20-minutes or so for each kilo of ham).

Remove from oven, slice and enjoy!


Styling: Gerard Wilton
Photography: Nathan Harradine Hale
Product + Tablescapes: Canberra Outlet
Coordination: Good Day PR
Florals: The Floral Society
Venue: Private Residence
Salads: The Goods Wholefoods
Seafood: Alpha Fresh
Fruit: Alpha Fresh
Christmas Ham: TERRA