If you follow along on Instagram, then you know I love creating Tablescapes! I find that a pretty table is always more fun to eat at, duh! And can make dining at home feel so special. Especially in this last year when almost every meal and holiday was spent at home, it’s nice to make the stand out and transport you. One of the best tips I have is to utilize as many senses as you can, ideally all of them! This means to create an immersive experience you want elements that you can feel, smell, hear, see and taste. When these all come together it is truly magical!
I am going to help you break down the steps to create your own. At the bottom I am also linking some of my favorite products I use in my tablescapes.
Step 1: Think about your overall theme, formality and guests:
Is this for a holiday, a birthday, a season? Who will be eating at this table? Is it an adult table or will kids be dining as well. These types of things can change the direction that you want to go. For example, if you are dining with younger children, then I would leave fancy or breakable glass out. Or create a space for them without it. Is it a birthday and the guest of honor loves the color blue? Then I would incorporate blue. Groundbreaking, I know, lol. But these simple questions can help you narrow in on an idea or theme of the table. Another important thing to consider is time of day and formality of the event. A causal lunch will be more simple and have less dishes than a formal dinner. Think about how many courses the meal will be and how many plates/glasses/flatware is needed.
Step 2: Start with a table linens:
I love using a tablecloth for my tablescapes as it creates a new canvas to work from and is one of the most impactful items. Bare tables can look beautiful as well but it all goes into what theme or style you want to achieve. You can also use placements or a table runner depending on the look you want. For my spring tablescape I knew I wanted to start with a beautiful table linen and selected Saffron Marigold’s English Gardens. It is the perfect starting point and adds a beautiful floral backdrop for the table. They have so many beautiful tablecloths and I will link some of my other favorites here for you;
Step 3: Create a centerpiece:
This is where you should have fun and be creative! Think outside of the box to make a focal point of the table. The obvious items you can use are florals, candles, bowl or vase, but there are many unexpected items as well such as plants, fruit, decor, books, dishware, food, topiaries, and so much more! I like to make a mix of both of these groups to create something special.
Step 4: Add your dishware:
Arguably the most important step, add your dishes! There are so many variations to this step and it comes down to the formality of the event, type of meal and courses served, and overall theme. If you are planning a lunch, then you likely won’t need as many dishes and can keep it more casual. Once you decide upon those items pick dishes that go with the courses served. You can also use chargers to give a base to your dishes. Feel free to mix and match, it does not have all to be from the same set! Some of the best tables I have made come from creative mixing.
Step 5: The rest of the “bones”:
The bones being your glassware, flatware and napkins. How many glasses do you need, are you serving alcohol? How many courses and flatware is needed? What napkins will you use and how will you display? There are so many ways to display a napkin, with and without rings. All of these elements help you tell a story and create a beautiful table. Think about how your guests will interact with the elements and make sure it will enhance the event. I love using monogramed napkins as its a fun touch of personality and whimsy. I have begun collecting random monograms at antique or thrift stores to be able to use for future tables. Try to not think of everything needing to match or be perfect. I love the unperfect elements and think it adds so much charm. Mix and match all elements, the more textures and colors the more interest!
Step 6: Lastly, captivate the 5 senses:
Did you utilize all 5 senses? If not now is the time to add those in. Play soft music, add a savory loaf of bread to the table or a plate of sweets, light candles, add florals or stems or some greenery. Fine tune the elements and fill in any missing areas to captivate your guests senses. This is where you create the magic.
Keep scrolling to see a list of some of my favorite products to use for tablescapes!
Do you feel like you could go set your own tablescape now? I know you can! No matter if its dinner for 2 or a party of 12, these steps work for any table and you can create a beautiful experience for all involved. Tag me in your photos of your tablescapes on Instagram or Facebook so I can see them and share!
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