Christmas day is one of the most magical and fun days of the year, when families come together and everyone has a wonderful time.

If it’s your turn to host Christmas dinner this year, you’ll have a lot to think about, from perfectly cooking the turkey to getting the roast potatoes crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle. So one thing you won’t want to worry about is how the table looks.

So we’ve got some tips for making some simple but elegant table decorations that will mean your Christmas pudding isn’t the only thing that shines at the dinner table this year.

Before you start making your decorations though, remember that you’ll have a lot of food on the table, not to mention the glasses, cutlery and, of course, your crackers. So don’t go too overboard with your centrepiece. You want it to be stunning but not too large.

One of the most simple ways to create a beautiful decoration for your dinner table is to take a deep glass bowl or vase and fill it with festive baubles. This is a great option if you want something quick and easy that will look special.

Add your own touches with glitter or little trinkets that mean something to your family at this time of year.

Candles always make a dinner table look magical, but it’s not always practical to have large candlesticks when you’re going to be passing dishes back and forth and pouring more wine. An elegant solution is to put tealights in jam jars and dot them around the table.

This will keep the flames out of harm’s way, and you can customise the jars to give them a bit of extra sparkle. Paint them in festive colours - red for a warm glow, or gold for a brighter shine - and if you want a bit more sparkle add some glitter to the outside of the jar.

Another option for your table centrepiece is to go natural. Holly is one of the quintessential Christmas decorations, and you can make a striking arrangement using a few fresh sprigs of holly, along with other seasonal items like pinecones and mistletoe.

Use an interesting shaped piece of wood as the base and arrange your winter leaves and berries around that. If you want to make it really shine, add some hints of glitter to the wood, as well as dusting the edges of the pinecones, bringing a touch of extra sparkle.

Alternatively, you could select a thinner branch with other branches coming off it, which you can hang baubles and other decorations from.

Of course, you shouldn’t forget about what goes on the table itself. An oil tablecloth with a Christmassy design is the perfect base regardless of what kind of centrepiece you’re planning to have.

These kinds of tablecloths can be customised to suit your decorations, with simple and stylish patterns, as well as fun and colourful designs. And because they’re so easy to clean, they’re perfect on Christmas day when drops of gravy, bread sauce and cranberry jelly are easily spilled in everyone’s haste to fill their plates.

Take a look at our favourite Christmas pattern oilcloth tablecloths.