How to Create a Beautiful Table Setting, According to a Stylist
With so much going on in the world lately, there's almost nothing better than enjoying a beautiful meal with your loved ones. And while booking a table at a restaurant used to be the go-to for all special occasions, hosting your nearest and dearest for an intimate gathering at home has become an increasingly attractive option.
Inviting family over for brunch in the backyard, hosting a dinner party for your closest friends or even creating a special date night for you and your partner can be made all the more special with a beautiful table setting. It shows you've gone to an effort to make the experience really memorable, and sets a festive mood for the meal.
But creating the perfect table setting can be easier said than done. There are a few elements to be mindful of when it comes to putting together a beautiful tablescape, which is why we turned to Sydney-based stylist Corina Koch for her top tips.
Koch's main piece of advice when it comes to hosting is to have fun with it. After all, a dinner party or long lunch is meant to be enjoyable for everyone, not just the guests!
"Don't rush," Koch advises. "Give yourself ample preparation time, as it can be a very cathartic experience when you take your time. Overall, the result should make you and your guests feel happy, warm, and welcome."
Keep reading for Koch's step-by-step guide to creating a beautiful table setting, and explore our Spreads. by Bed Threads. tableware collection for inspiration.
1. Choose a tablecloth and napery
Neutral linens are very versatile as they can be styled differently time and time again, both formal or informally. But if you are feeling a little more adventurous- don't be scared to inject some colour to give your table more personality.
2. Get the place setting right
With the tablecloth and placemat set for each guest, place down a plate in the centre of the placemat. When placing the cutlery, the fork should go to the left of the plate, the knife to the right with the blade facing towards the plate, the spoon to the right of the knife and dessert utensils to the top of the plate. A water glass should sit just above the knife on the right, while napery can be folded to the side or on top of a plate and tied with fabric, twine or leather and finished with herbs, flowers, or a small vegetable.
3. Choose a centrepiece
Select one feature piece to anchor the table and set the overall mood. It could be a sculptural branch in a primitive ceramic vessel for a natural vibe, bright blooms for impact, or delicate arrangements in vintage crystal bud vases for a more modest approach. Just make sure it’s not too intrusive on the rest of the table – you should still have plenty of room for food and your guests should be able to see each other!
4. Give it some style
Next, you can add secondary styling elements such as footed bowls and platters filled with fruit and vegetables to add colour and create some height. Candles are also a great way to create ambience – just make sure any naked flames are safely placed away from any floral arrangements.
5. Add the finishing touches
Once the table is completely set, it's important to focus on creating an atmosphere. Music and lighting is essential here – dim the lights and throw on a Spotify playlist (Jazz is always a crowd pleaser). Bon appetit!
Enjoyed this? Read our Stress-Free Guide to Hosting a Dinner Party.