When the family arrives
Coffee tables are great for utilising at Christmas, leave out some snacks and starters on them to keep guests in the living room and out of the kitchen (and your hair). Save your surfaces by deploying pretty Christmas trays and table runners – they’re in stores in abundance this year, and will protect your furniture from sticky marks and permanent rings. If you do get a damp mark on the wood, a quick blast from the hairdryer will restore order. You might need to source extra seating around the table for dinner, so if you don’t have matching chairs, buy some Christmas hat chair backs for an instant, uniform look which will delight any little ones in tow.