As the year winds to a close and the calendar gets fuller with festive dinner soirees and parties, we’re all wishing for a little entertaining expertise to tide us through the year-end season. Setting a beautiful table is uppermost on many of our event to-do lists and with a little help, perfecting your table-styling skills should be anything but difficult.
An amazing tablescape is one that conjures an atmosphere of warmth and conviviality. It should entertain, delight and inspire, even before the food hits the plates! To get you started, we’ve roped in the experts from Proof Living. The furniture maven is the exclusive representative for a panel of distinguished brands such as Poltrona Frau, Barbara Barry and Ralph Lauren Home. Here are their tips for creating a table setting that is both sophisticated and effortless.
Pops of colour
A dinner table awash with colour always seems that much more inviting. Picking a beautiful colour theme is one of the easiest ways to evoke a festive atmosphere. Whether you choose to opt for a warm or cool palette is up to you. Fresh pops of vibrant colour add verve to a sophisticated dinner table and do wonders to whet the appetite! To liven up your dining set-up, pick colourful dinnerware or accessorise your table with your choice of printed napkins. A well-appointed centrepiece will also benefit from a dash of colour. Stack your freshest fruits atop your most prized serveware or go with a burst of bright florals to set the mood.
Like balloons and the birthday cake, the centrepiece truly sets the scene for the party! Tie all the elements of your tablescape together with a high impact, gawk-worthy centrepiece. Your favourite vessel will make a good starting point for a stunning centrepiece. Fill it with fresh cut blooms, feathers or even found objects you’ve collected over time. Novel accessories such as cake stands and glass cloches present myriad opportunities to get creative with your display. Although style is important, guests should always figure first amongst your table-setting concerns. Make sure your chosen centrepiece doesn’t tower over the table and block out the flow of conversation!
Is your tablescape lacking a little soul? Inspire your guests with personal touches that brighten up the table. Handwritten place cards always do the trick but why not take it a step further with handmade little favours your guests will be delighted to receive? It could be something as simple as pinning a handwritten menu to a bag of chocolates or a personalized placemat stamped with the name of each guest. Lighting can also bring out the best in your décor. Set a bunch of tealights in a pretty row or position a few elegant tapers at distinct spots round the table. As these tips will prove, creating an intimate atmosphere is all in the little details.
Experiment with Fabric
Food always feels fancier when it’s complemented by beautiful table linen. Table linens are the most transformative way to inject colour, pattern and texture to your table. Whether it’s the fancy embroidered linen you inherited from grandma or just one you found at an artisanal market, every good host or hostess should have a few sets on hand. Pick colours, designs and prints that match the motifs on your tableware but don’t be afraid of mixing it up. Even classic white tablecloths and napkins can look chic and modern when met with unexpected pairings.
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