Alamira Noor Bani Hashim of The Dinner Club by No. 57 has made setting the table something of an art form. One of Bani Hashim’s prime roles for The Dinner Club is handling details, and no detail will be overlooked when she puts together a festive table. For Christmas, she guides us through an elegant presentation that prefers outside-the-box elements to typical holiday fare. Working with a candy-cane-striped runner, elegant burnished-silver tableware, stunning Christofle cutlery, and a smattering of crystal stemware, Bani Hashim crafts a look that is both timeless and tasteful. Modern elements, like clear candleholders and leather belts in the place of napkin rings, update each place setting with both artistic and rustic elements. Organic pieces like white flowers, holly, pinecones, sliced wood rings, and pine stems bring winter indoors, adding life to the ensemble.
Follow Bani Hashim’s expert photo guide and tips for a festive table that will impress your holiday guests.
Christofle ‘Jardin d’Eden’ cutlery available at Tanagra.
“Start off with a patterned white tablecloth for a clean base. If you can’t find the right runner, fold a striped tablecloth a few times until you get the desired width. For a luxurious and multidimensional table setting, layering different fabrics and textures is the way to go.”
“This white Ralph Lauren main plate will allow you to continue layering on top of it and doesn’t clash with the runner.”
“Typically, people opt for golds, dark reds, and greens for the holidays, but that look has become almost too commercial and cliché. Silver is a nice change.”
“You can never go wrong with Christofle cutlery, and these have become our staple. The intricate engravings add to the festive feel. Remember that the silvers on your table don’t have to match. In fact, it’s better if they don’t, so that the table doesn’t look flat.”
“We found these beautiful silver cups in a vintage market in London. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your glassware.”
“The simplicity of this light-gray napkin balances the intricacy of the rest of the table setup.”
“Instead of a traditional napkin ring, I used children’s belts for a fun twist. A place card and simple menu are personal and thoughtful touches. Finally, the pinecone ornament is a beautiful accoutrement that the guests can take home to remember the night and add to their tree.”
“Add some chopped wood to the center of the table. Stacking these pieces helps to add volume to the center, allowing you to create different levels, and provides an interesting counterpoint to all of the luxurious elements around it.”
“Stick to the same colors – winter whites and different silvers with glass elements. The right balance creates an incredibly luxurious setting.”