There aren’t many who’d disagree; the festive feast is the highlight of Christmas day.

But whether you’re going for turkey, goose, nut-roast or something even more exotic as the focus of your meal, it’s the trimmings that really make it – and I’m not just talking roasties and honey-glazed parsnips.

The setting is almost as – or just as, some would say – important as the food being served.

Festive fun or Yuletide chic; it’s entirely up to you what mood you go for – and it doesn’t have to break the bank, or require a degree in interior design, to pull off.

Of course, you can invest in some wintry wonderland tableware if you want to; candelabras and some carefully-chosen tealight holders and gilded glassware certainly suit the occasion and are an easy way to make a setting special.

There are also lots of budget-friendly buys; supermarkets, as well as shops like Wilko and even Poundland are great places to pick up festive table top decorations and charger plates and platters, as well as the compulsory napkins and table runners.

Get creative and don’t limit your imagination to the tabletop – how about hanging decorations above it, or arranging some Christmassy lighting on a mantelpiece for added ambience?

A glass bowl, filled with colourful baubles or pine cones and deep, red berries or springs of holly makes a striking centrepiece, and carefully draped fairy lights can also be very effective. But whatever you do – don’t forget the crackers.