Summer is the time for parties, friends and beautiful table settings right!? For me, there is nothing better than a whimsical dinner party! Now, while many people will be sharing tips and tricks on the perfect BBQ or open fire s’mores, I wanted to share my love for a gorgeous table setting!
A few things to know before diving into dinner party prep
-It doesn’t have to be expensive
-Less is more
-Layering is your friend
It doesn’t have to be expensive
Of course, the first thing you think of when planning a dinner party is the possible costs associated with it! Obviously, it is completely your choice as to what is on the menu but in terms of the table setting itself, there is no need to go overboard and get 1000 thread count Egyptian cotton linens and brand new china. You can simply use every day plates and silverware and bring some sparkle to the centre of the table to add a festive accent. Here, I used foliage and flowers leftover from a bouquet, and made a ‘living table runner’. Yes, the flowers will wilt out of water, but by the time the party is near finished and the flowers are a little limp, everyone will have had ample prosseco to even notice!
Where to put the darn silverware!???
I feel like this is a HUGE topic of discussion and debate when discussing table settings and the ‘right’ way to do them. I found this really helpful diagram on Pinterest that essentially outlines how to set the table at which meal! I got so inspired that I made an entire board on table setting inspo >.< Ultimately, I would say 9 times out of 10 fork on the left and knife on the right. It seems to vary, so use this handy guide to choose which one you like best!
I definitely had some fun when making my very simple table setting. Above, I mentioned you should always remember ‘less is more’ and ‘layering is your friend’. Let’s start with the ‘less is more’. I would consider this when looking at what you want as your centre piece or centre runner. Preferably for a dinner party I would serve the food on the plates rather than family style in the centre of the table. This way it keeps the table looking chic throughout the meal. Just keep it simple! No one wants super tall towers of bouquets and candles blocking their view of the others guests, not to mention after the centre piece is done you need to add in all the dishes which creates additional focal points – so keep the centre looking simple and chic.
On to ‘layering’. You can create extra visual appeal by layering small plates on top of large plates. Think of it like fashion, laying pieces always creates visual texture and interest. I just used one large plate underneath a smaller plate of the same style and it looks much more thought out and festive than simply using one. If you have table chargers you can definitely use those, but this is a quick fix so that you don’t need to rush out and buy them 🙂
So are you ready for a whimsical summer dinner party? Are you feeling inspired to create a beautiful table setting? Leave a comment below as to your dinner party themes and centre pieces or post to social media and tag @sheblogscanada, we would LOVE to see your creations!