Bringing Sophistication Home
Creating The Perfect Tablescape
Entertaining in the home, some people love it while others avoid it like the plague. More likely than not, you will have at least one occasion in your lifetime where you will be hosting guests in your home for some type of formal dinner. You want this event to feel special in comparison to your weekly family dinner. As most of the evening will be spent at the table, it is important that your tablescape and setting reflect the mood that you are trying to set for the evening. Even the most simple tablescape, if done right, can convince Aunt Linda that there is no other way you would rather be spending your Saturday night.
First and foremost, you want to think about the linens you will be using. Unless you are working with a beautiful wood-grain table, consider using linens to give the room an elegant feel. To give the table some depth, layer a runner down the center of the table. The narrow strip of fabric will also act as a guideline as to where to place centerpieces and candles, ensuring that they are not in the way of guests enjoying their meal. If you are choosing a bold table linen, your runner should add a more neutral tone to the table. We love the look of burlap runners with bright floral contrasts!
There are two simple rules when it comes to selecting your floral centerpieces. First, bigger does not always mean better. You are much better off going with several small pieces than one large arrangement blocking the view of the unlucky guest seated directly in front of it. Varying heights add movement and flow to the table, just make sure that taller objects are either narrow or easy to see around. Secondly, keep in mind the seasons when choosing florals. Bright colors are great for spring and summer, while neutrals and deeper hues are perfect for fall and winter. If flowers are the focal point of your table, use small votive candles to create an elegant look without taking away from the layout.
Individual menus are a great way to personalize your table and share with guests the wonderful options that will be hosted throughout the evening. Here at L’Andana we use cream paper on metallic backing, hand tied with raffia to create simple yet sophisticated menus that compliment any table style.
When it comes to glassware, each setting should have at least one glass for water and a glass for wine. If there will be a toast during the meal, a champagne glass adds a touch of elegance to the setting. Flatware (forks, knives, spoons) should directly correlate to the courses that will be served. No need to overwhelm guests by overcomplicating the table settings. The goal is to have a table that is both functional and eye catching.
If arranged correctly, your tablescape will set the tone for a fantastic evening. And hey, if cooking for large groups is also out of your realm of expertise, at least it will give your guests another focal point for the evening!
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