The festive season is fast approaching, bringing with it the perfect excuse to indulge in good food and good company! Take the stress out of hosting with the Markian Entertainer’s guide.

Primarily, being organised is key! We recommend using the menu as the starting point and developing a theme and colour palette from that. Tablescaping is a creative and effective way to elevate a meal into an entire experience.


The Essentials

An often-overlooked aspect of a beautiful tablescape is napery. Invest in a beautiful linen tablecloth that fits your table and matching napkins to set the perfect base for your tablescape. Linen tablecloths and napkins, like our Mungo by Markian range, are not only elegant and sophisticated but sustainable and economical as well. Selecting white or pale napery provides a neutral base to allow your colour palette to pop. Additionally, if there’s spillage or stains, you can soak it in some bleach and wash it brand new!

Equally important is your table and serve ware. We recommend investing in a sleek, high-quality base set of tableware. Our Julie Smeros by Markian range is paper-thin, and the alternation between clay and clay glaze gives each piece a wonderfully tactile quality. Kim Aitken by Markian’s organic platters and bowls pair perfectly with the smooth edges of Julie’s pieces.

Figs on a napkin and plate stack on dining table



The Centrepiece

This is where you really get to let loose creatively and have fun! Utilising elements such as flowers and greenery, fresh produce, and decorative pieces is an effective way to bring your colour palette to life in a myriad of finishes and textures. A traditional European Christmas feast could call for pine green, whites, and accents of red. In contrast, an Australian Summer Christmas menu would work well with Eucalyptus leaves, sandy beiges, and pops of yellow from wattle flowers and other native flowers. Bowls of varying heights, such as our Frank Lloyd Wright set, overflowing with bright fruits such as lemons, limes, and pomegranates, would work well for a Mediterranean-inspired meal. The perfect tablescape needs to have depth and height. Include taller elements such as long stem flowers and pillar candles. Candles are also a great way to transition from day to night feasts, providing subtle mood lighting. 

Decorated tablescape on dining table


Don’t be afraid to play around with displaying produce. A big hunk of crumbly cheddar or Parmigiano Reggiano with a beautiful cheese knife plunged in the centre looks dramatic and spectacular, whilst Heirloom tomatoes in various sizes placed around the other components add a whimsicality to your tablescape.

Brightly coloured dips and cheese platter on dining table


It’s all in the details

Last-minute touches can make a world of difference! Handwritten name cards, a splash of oil or a scattering of pomegranate seeds on dips, a lemon placed atop the napkins… all the little details create small, beautiful moments for your guests. For Markian, the festive season is about connection - the celebration of the relationships we have with loved ones and the sheer joy of sharing time and delicious food with them! Hosting doesn't need to be stressful, it can be incredibly fun, so our advice is to channel your inner child and play!

Brightly coloured dips, a glass of champagne, oil and balsamic on dining table


December 19, 2021 — Anyssa Chorvat