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Setting the Table – Hints for Fantastic Dinner Party Settings
You have your new kitchen in place, you have fitted furniture in the dining area and your guests are arriving in a matter of hours for the first dinner party in your newly revamped kitchen diner.
You want to wow them with a fantastic table, awash with style and detail that creates the perfect backdrop for your dinner party. But how do you create the perfect table setting? We decided to take a look…
#1 Choose the colour palette
You have spent hours agonising over the right choice of cupboards and colours, creating the perfect stylish backdrop to your new kitchen diner. So, it makes sense that when it comes to setting the table for a dinner party, you choose the colour to complement and lightly contrast with the rest of the room
Handy tip – for a rustic style kitchen diner, consider doing away with a table cloth covering and opt for protective table mats instead.
#2 Dinner service
A dinner service is the collection of plates and crockery you use. Fundamental to any meal, if you entertain regularly, you probably have a ‘best’ dinner tucked away in the sideboard. The classic colour is to choose and all-white plates and bowls, with silver cutlery. Opt for minimal detailing in the plates if you want to create a really formal looking table.
Handy tip – not all dinner parties need to be super-formal and so a delicate mix of plates and cutlery is a great way to create a shabby chic look to the dining room table. The knack is to combine the table setting with the style of the kitchen diner.
#3 Add colour with napkins and accessories
Any dining table needs a dash of colour to stop it looking too ordered and overly formal. For summer dinner parties, add summer-inspired colours such as light yellow and vibrant green. For autumn and sinter dinner parties, choose a colour palette inspired by the heady reds of autumn and the spice orange of pumpkins.
Handy tip – napkins are cloth rectangles whilst serviettes are paper tissues used at the table. Napkins are usually used for more formal dining occasions whilst serviettes are used for al fresco or informal buffets etc.
#4 Fresh flowers and candles
If there are two other must-have accessories to the dining table, it is fresh flowers and candles;
- Centre piece – a beautifully arranged centre piece with a tall-ish height creates a sense of presence. You can achieve this with an abundant floral display or opt for a candelabra with striking candles.
- Supporting details – if you can a candelabra as the centrepiece, use small posies of fresh flowers to adorn the rest of the table or, if you use a flower centrepiece use delicate tea lights across the rest of the table for impact.
Handy tip – small detail can really make a difference to a dining table. Why not use glass nuggets for extra sparkle, or pretty, ornate table ‘glitter’ for added effect?