8 simple ideas for table dressings

A beautiful table setting enhances the overall experience of a meal.  Fine dining is a successful mix of not just delicious food, but stylish crockery, glimmering cutlery and a accompanying table decorations.  The experience is as much about the visual display as about the actual food.  Of course great company makes a meal too!  Wowing your dinner guests with a simple but elegant table setting is achievable with these easy to follow ideas.  

A pretty table cloth or runner, with co-ordinating place mats and napkins will beautifully showcase your food and delight your dinner guests. 

Select a single variety of flower, and display in a row of vases across the length of the table to make a simple yet elegant centrepiece. 

James Merrell

An unused antique serving dish or tureen placed centrally on your table makes a beautiful vestibule for big blossoms, such as peonies, roses and hydrangeas. 

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A row of unscented candles or a line of storm lanterns arranged down the middle of the table provides low level lighting and ambience for dinner guests. 

Create an eclectic scheme with mismatched crockery bought from charity shops.  It looks charming and is wonderful for a mid-afternoon summer time tea party.  Adding to this eclectic theme, use mismatched glassware but in the same size for a table setting with character. 



Use napkin rings or name place settings for that personal touch.  There are many quirky designs available and add interest and maybe a talking point during your meal. 

Display small flower arrangements on a cake stand for a beautiful centrepiece.  Select whatever flowers are in season, and choose those with small buds like Tete-a-tete, tulips or Lily of the Valley.