The Christmas Tables in Royal Copenhagen in the city centre are a decades old tradition. Each year six well-known Danes are selected to present a Christmas table, themed by them and using Royal Copenhagen porcelain. This year the tables are a little different. Royal Copenhagen invited six of Denmark’s funniest comedians and entertainers to present the tables. To be fair some of the humour will be lost on non Danes but the tables are still wonderful to see. I like the fact that they are not the normal dinner/lunch settings and approach the idea of a Christmas table from a different angle. traditionalists may be disappointed but I would still urge you to visit this year.
The first table is by Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen, a TV host and actor. The table it set in a what looks like a giant beach ball. The concept is to celebrate warmth and love at Christmas but also to show that some people have a tough time at Christmas. This is a summary of the information presented by the table, something I am not sure I would get from the table itself.
The second is a safari themed setting showing a traditional Danish christmas meal in an untraditional setting and designed by Kirsten Lehfeldt, a Danish actress.
The third is a very traditional South Jutland cake table, groaning with cakes and sweet things ready to fill the bellies of passing refugees – very topical. I love the traditional decorations in this setting by Bodil Jørgensen, also a famous actress.
Peter Frödin, is a comedian and actor and has presented a witty table. At first glance it looks like a traditional Christmas dinner setting until you notice the overflowing ashtrays and realise the setting is a Danish ‘brown’ pub. Also the food is made from marzipan.
My favourite table is the fifth one. I confess I knew nothing of the comedy duo behind the table, Fritz and Poul known as the Snobs, before seeing this table. But I love the sheer decadence and humour of the table especially the Singha beers with straws. Definitely not your usual Royal Copenhagen table!
The final table is my second favourite. This time the table is set for breakfast for Mia Lyhne, best known for her role in the comedy Klovn, and her daughters. I love the tree, stockings and invitingly cosy bed plus the little sneaky souvenir of Father Christmas’ visit in the door!
Whilst much of the humour and meaning may have passed me by, I still loved the tables and their little details. You can still visit the tables in the flagship store on Amagertorv until the end of December.