Setting a table doesn’t have to be all silver candelabras and pure linen tablecloths. Au contraire! Setting a table is all about enjoying your creativity. Let’s start with the basics.
1. Choose a dinnerware pattern and serving pieces.
For a cohesive look that you can’t go wrong with, choose one dinnerware pattern and add pieces to it over time. For a more personal touch, mix in accent salad plates or serving dishes in coordinating colors or patterns.
2. Add flatware.
Silverware and serving accessories also come in patterns that can be added to over time. Be careful of mixing and matching silverware patterns which can say “garage sale” not “classy”. Weathered vintage pieces are more easily mixed and matched with panache.
3. Pick glassware for sparkle.
Glassware comes in all styles in a variety of prices. The basic style of the glassware should match the dinnerware style, whether it is modern or traditional, casual or formal. Please leave the plastic cups on the picnic table.
4. Mix in linens for softness.
Linens for the table include napkins, runners, tablecloths and placemats (fabric or hard). Pair a small pattern with a larger coordinated one. Mix a stripe with a check or floral. All solids creates a more formal look, while patterns are more casual.
5. Accessories are the fun part.
Almost anything can be a table accessory. Use your imagination! Pull out all the stops and shop your house for table decor. Light a candle and enjoy your creativity. (But make sure they are unscented candles so they won’t interfere with the food!)
Enjoy every meal and enjoy your every day life!