A lot of people think that you need to sign up to host a special event in order to create a beautiful tablescape. Well I’m here to tell you otherwise. In fact, I think it is important as ever to transform your dining spaces at home right now since most people are stuck there anyways. Why not decorate your table to make it feel like you’re on a getaway? Plus it’s the perfect time to practice for when you host another post quarantine event ;)!
What is a tablescape?
A tablescape is a way of decorating your dinner table with certain theme for different social events. They are especially fun around the holidays, but just as fun for any Sunday family dinner, like pictured below! Today I’m sharing 6 tips on how to create your very own summertime family dinner tablescape.
Tips for tablescaping:
1. Add layers to create dimension! This is a very simple tablescape because my parents beautiful fireplace is pretty enough. Don’t you love when the work is done for you?
2. Linens! Whether you use place mats or decorative napkins, use your linens to add a pop of color. If you use a solid colored tablecloth, then pull in a patterned napkin. Different folding techniques or accessories can also help change the look of a standard cloth napkin. Guess what? We have also used scrapbook paper as place mats. OR purchased pieces of fabric to drape in the middle. There are so many inexpensive ways to “dress up” your table. Think outside of the box and get creative.
3. Neutral dishes are key! I like white or cream dishes because the food will pop more. We use my parents patio 3 seasons a year and eat countless meals outside. The point being that it was totally worth buying a set of melamine dishes for outside.
4. Glassware! Be ready for all the drinks…and refills. Preset your table with all the necessary glasses; wine, water, etc. Try to think of what your guests will want/need when you’re all sitting at the table. If they have what they need, then you can stay seated and enjoy your time with your guests!
5. My favorite step — FLOWERS! Guess what? Those “vases” are actually recycled bath and body work 3-wick candles. My mom added colored stones to go with the place mats, napkins, and water bottles. Buy a couple of neutral bunches from #TraderJoes and arrange yourself. We stuck with white flowers for this night.
6. Name tags… this was our typical family dinner so seating charts weren’t required, but if you’re hosting a bigger party such as Friendsgiving, take the extra 5-10min to create name tags. This helps your guests quickly find their seat and it’s a nice personal touch!
I’d love to hear from you once you create your own tablescape! Leave a comment below with your favorite tip and don’t forget to tag #rightbackspatula!