Posted on June 6, 2014

Tablescape

Having friends over for dinner? You don't have to add stress to your dinner plans, just start with a basic table setting to dress up your dinner table and set the mood for your dinner party or gathering. Set the scene of your next gathering with contemporary table settings that welcome guests with eye-catching centrepieces and elegant place settings. Take a glance at these table setting ideas for that perfect evening.

Vintage Romance:Invite your friends for an alfresco lunch in a rustic outdoor locale. Stripes are a hot trend this year, so play them up in a vintage-inspired table setting teamed with a red rose. A summery turquoise and blush pink hues set the stage for a special vintage-inspired fete.

Floral: A botanical print will bring in the right feel for summer or monsoons. By playing up the darker jewel tones and switching out the pastel colour, it also works well for winter and fall. Adding amethyst bubble tumblers can play up the jewel tones. And crimson tapers and fresh bloom terrariums complete the fresh garden look.

Go Natural: Long stemmed vibrant roses when placed in vases at the centre of the table, create a casual-yet-elegant feel. They also add a sweet fragrance at the table by being at the peak of their blooms. You can then co-ordinate wine bottles at the table that go well with the roses as well as the table cover.

Neons and Neutrals: Neon hues paired with neutrals like camel and sand create a playful, energetic colour palette for a table setting. Don't be afraid to try this bold trend when hosting a supper gathering this season. A customized menu card at each place lends an air of sophistication to an outdoor event and minimizes the age-old question of "What's for lunch?"

Monochromatic Style:Monochromatic centrepieces are another trend in entertaining. To get this look, use one type of flower with a graphic punch. Place evenly along the length of the table and alternate with glass motives to make a dramatic centrepiece.

Urban Whimsy:Corals, blues and neutrals form the palette for a stylish, urban and whimsical table setting. A geometric print tablecloth, blue and white floral napkin patterns paired with salad plates come together beautifully to create a magical look. Mini terrarium centrepieces add drama. You can also insert place cards in front of each place to welcome guests instantly.

Simply Organic:Meant for informal indoor or outdoor meals, the organic look works just as well for a backyard party. Dinner plates consisting of fauna designs when fused with pinecone dropped randomly along the table makes for a perfect setting. A handmade jute runner above a tablecloth enhances the cozy provincial look. Always use trays to contain beverage bottles and prevent spills on the tablecloth. Never assume all your guests have the same preference for water so have both still and sparkling on the table.

Global Chic:If you have a few international guests coming over, host a colourful alfresco luncheon featuring bold, global patterns. Tall spray-painted branches and black tapers on brass candlesticks accentuate the design's gold accents and can carry the eye above the table, while remaining unobtrusive.

Setting the table is often a hurried task that leaves family members wondering about the correct placement of the flatware, plates, napkins and glassware. Whether you are getting ready for some entertaining and informal time or for an intimate meal with your family, both the guests and the family would certainly be impressed by a well-dressed table. The 16’0”X13’0” dining area at Mulberry Woods created by Saran Developers, makes it a perfect setting to host a wide number of guests in the 4 Bedroom condos. That coupled with the marble flooring in the dining area, accentuates any look for that perfect evening.

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