Winter Dining Trends: Decorating Your Dining Table in South Africa

As the chill of winter sets in, transforming your dining table into a warm and inviting space can elevate your dining experience and create memorable moments with family and friends. In South Africa, where winter offers a unique blend of mild and cool climates across regions, there are countless ways to infuse local charm and seasonal trends into your dining decor. Here’s how you can embrace the latest winter dining trends and make your table setting a cozy masterpiece.

  1. Warm and Earthy Color Palettes

Winter calls for colours that evoke warmth and comfort. Think rich hues like deep maroon, forest green, and burnt orange. These colours not only bring a sense of coziness but also reflect the natural beauty of South African landscapes.

Tip: Use tablecloths, napkins, and placemats in these colours. Incorporate earthy tones with wooden accents and neutral-coloured dinnerware to balance the bold colors.

  1. Natural Elements and Textures

Bringing the outdoors in is a trend that continues to gain popularity. Incorporate natural elements like pinecones, dried flowers, and foliage. South African flora such as proteas and fynbos can add a unique touch to your table setting.

Tip: Create a centerpiece with a mix of dried proteas, eucalyptus branches, and fynbos. Use wooden or woven placemats and rustic ceramic dishes to enhance the natural feel.

  1. Layered Textiles

Layering different textures can add depth and warmth to your dining table. Mix and match table runners, placemats, and napkins made from materials like linen, wool, and cotton.

Tip: Start with a neutral tablecloth and layer with a richly colored runner. Add woolen or knitted placemats for an extra cozy touch. Finish off with linen napkins tied with twine and a sprig of rosemary or lavender for a fragrant detail.

  1. Candlelight Ambiance

Candles are essential for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere during winter evenings. Choose candles of varying heights and place them in clusters to add a soft, flickering glow to your table.

Tip: Opt for scented candles with wintery aromas like cinnamon, vanilla, or pine. The image below shows the J by Jossi glass lanterns that add that touch of warmth and glamour to any table setting.

  1. Local Craftsmanship

Incorporating locally crafted items can add a distinct South African flair to your table. Handcrafted woven or beaded decorations can provide unique touches that celebrate local artistry.

Tip: The J by Jossi range of handmade ceramic plates and bowls will be perfect for your table setting. Incorporate beaded napkin rings or woven coasters to add texture and support local artisans.

  1. Seasonal Produce as Decor

Using seasonal fruits and vegetables as part of your table decor not only adds a vibrant touch but also highlights the beauty of winter produce. Think oranges, pomegranates, and root vegetables.

Tip: Create a centerpiece with a mix of fresh and dried citrus fruits, gourds, and nuts. You can also place small bowls of seasonal fruits along the table for guests to enjoy.

  1. Comforting Accents

Winter dining is all about comfort. Incorporate soft cushions or throws on dining chairs to keep guests cozy. This not only adds to the aesthetic but also ensures a comfortable dining experience.

Tip: Choose cushions and throws in complementary colors to your table setting. Faux fur or woolen throws can add an extra layer of warmth and luxury.


Decorating your dining table for winter in South Africa is an opportunity to blend local charm with seasonal trends. By incorporating warm colours, natural elements, layered textiles, candlelight, local craftsmanship, and seasonal produce, you can create a dining space that is both inviting and uniquely South African. Visit the J by Jossi online store and embrace the winter season and make every meal a cozy, memorable experience with these thoughtful touches.

Happy winter dining!


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