Whether it’s for an intimate dinner party, a festive holiday gathering or a casual weekend brunch, the thoughtfulness and creativity that goes into your table setting can elevate the entire experience for guests and hosts alike.
A Raft of Otters is a one-stop destination that offers an array of table setting essentials sourced from around the world, including placemats, crockery, glassware, table linen, napkin rings, candles and striking centrepieces. The team says that these items should be brought together in a table setting that reflects the mood and style of the event. For a formal dinner, opt for more elegant and refined tableware, while something more laid-back might call for a mix-and-match approach. Deciding on a colour scheme or a central motif can help tie everything together and guide your choices.
While there are no strict rules, certain guidelines can help you create a harmonious and visually appealing arrangement. Here are their tips!
#1 Plates & Chargers
Begin with a charger plate or placemat as a base for each table setting. Place the main course plate on top of it, slightly off-centre. This adds visual interest and provides a space for additional decorative elements.
Arrange glasses in the order they’ll be used – water, wine and other beverages. Position them above the knives, slightly to the right. Crystal glassware can add a touch of elegance to formal gatherings.
Place cutlery in the order of use, from the outside in. The forks go on the left, and the knives and spoons go on the right. For a more casual table setting, consider placing the cutlery in a mason jar or decorative holder in the centre of the table.
#4 Table Napkins
Table napkins can be creatively folded, placed under the forks or on the plates. You can also use napkin rings or other accessories that match your theme and achieve a heightened elegance.
#5 Wine coasters and coolers
These are not only practical but can provide visual interest to your table.
#6 Table linens
Items like tablecloths, runners and napkins contribute to the overall look and feel of the table. Choose linens that align with your theme and colour scheme: crisp white linens exude sophistication, while patterned table linens can add a playful touch.
A well-designed centrepiece adds personality and charm to your table. Choose one that complements the occasion and doesn’t block the view across the table. Flowers or greenery, for instance, can instantly breathe life into your table setting – opt for low arrangements that don’t obstruct conversation or line of sight. And candles create a warm and inviting atmosphere, especially for evening events. Choose candles of varying heights to add depth and dimension.
Like these ideas? Check out brands such as Hankie Pankie Tables, Meraki Lily, Tara’s World and Layard Interiors at A Raft of Otters, and deck out your table in style for your next gathering.
This article first appeared in the October 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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