Setting a tablescape creates a sense of importance for your dining table and dinner party, whether it's for a particular occasion or just to make an ordinary meal feel a little more special. Tablescapes can evoke a feeling of 'going the extra mile' for your loved ones and dinner guests, while generally adding to the ambience and decoration of a space.
HOW TO CREATE A TABLESCAPE
Host every dinner party with confidence knowing your tablescape is certain to wow your guests...
1. CHOOSE AN OCCASION
To get started, here are a handful of our favourite holidays and special occasions to theme your tablescape around:
New Year’s Eve
2. START WITH THE TABLE
When approaching your tablescape, design it the way you would your home. Consider the size and shape of the dining table you'll be dressing. If your table is round or oval, a low centerpiece and decor will ensure all sitters can see across. For rectangular tables, a taller design may be better suited. Our indoor and outdoor dining tables come in many different shapes and sizes, to perfectly fit your space and seat as many guests as you like, from intimate square and round 4-seater tables to grand rectangular 10-seater tables.
3. CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR SCHEME
Once again, look to the setting of your dining table to choose your tablescape colour scheme, be it in your dining room, kitchen, orangery or outdoor space. Keep it neutral for an understated, elegant look, but don't be afraid to go bold, especially for holiday celebrations like Valentine's Day and Christmas. Use the colours across your place settings, glassware, decorations and any centerpieces or floral arrangements. Always use similar shades across your theme to keep the tablescape chic and cohesive.
3. CREATE INTEREST
Rattan is in, and it's here to stay. Choose rattan placemats, cup holders and table runners, or opt for a rattan dining table to really embrace the trend. Don't forget your tablecloth too - laying out a tablecloth will make your meal feel instantly fancier, so don't be afraid to get creative with colors and patterns. Alternatively, opt for a linen or woven table runner to keep things a little more simple.
4. ADD FLOWERS
You simply can't beat a fresh floral bouquet at the heart of your table. Pick flowers from your garden to ensure absolute cohesion when dining alfresco, or choose a bouquet that pairs perfectly with your theme.
5. DON'T SKIMP ON DETAILS
Consider adding a few simple additions to make your table feel extra personal. Think handwritten place cards, handmade crackers and individual menus that your guests can take home as a keepsake. It's also essential to ensure that your loved ones are dining in absolute comfort. Pop a patterned cushion on each seat, whether you're sitting inside or out, and your guests will never want to leave.