Growing up, I remember having Sunday dinner at my grandparents house. What was so nice was that the table was always set. It wasn’t some fancy ordeal, but a table cloth was put down, we used the better silver-ware and each place setting had a linen napkin. Even at my own home, we would use nice placemats and matching plates and best of all, we would sit down together to enjoy our meal and talk.
It is unrealistic to go to great lengths to set the table every night, but how your table looks for your dinner party, or luncheon, or baby shower, even your wedding, is a direct reflection on the event as a whole. The table is really one of the most important aspects of any party; it’s where you eat, and drink and talk. So, how it looks should be an important part of your planning.
You have a captive audience at your table, so it is a remarkable place to bring in colour or texture or whimsical elements. You can be minimal or extravagant. The key element is being consistent with your colour and style. And think of your table as a show-piece and don’t be afraid to add fun little touches that may be unexpected or different.
For any party I do I prefer low-lying florals and putting most of my elements at eye level or below on the table. At my dinner parties and even at my wedding, I used florals that allowed for guests to see each other and speak well across the table. While having height at your table creates interest and drama, having most of your elements lower will allow for your guests to enjoy them more.
I’ve collected some images of beautiful table settings for inspiration and ideas. And if you’re hungry for more inspiration, please visit the sites where I found mine with the links below. Enjoy!