From gold to matte black, from twig-shaped handles to bamboo accents, there are tons of choices out there these days for interesting flatware to excite dining companions. Consider investing in a fun set of flatware to use with your plain china or to dress up a setting of your everyday dishes!
One of my favorite possessions is my set of turquoise-blue French opaline wineglasses. I picked them up at an antiques show and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on them when I set them out for dinners! Mixing colored water glasses or wineglasses with a clear, basic set adds color and texture to an otherwise monochromatic table.
LINENS AND THINGS
Having an array of linen options available to use is key when setting a table—from various colors and patterns to luxurious monograms. Sometimes keeping everything else simple and using a bright solid napkin or a funky black-and-white stripe is all you need to take your table from boring to beautiful.
FRONT AND CENTER
Creating a centerpiece can be daunting. Try not to go too crazy and stick to these quick and easy tips:
• BUY A COUPLE VARIETIES OF FLOWERS, but all in the same color, and put them in vases of varying heights clustered in the center or down the length of a table.
• FIND A GREAT TRAY and top it with white pillar candles of varying heights for a nonfloral option.
• FILL A BIG BOWL (or several bowls on a rectangular table) with preserved green moss.
• AVOID ANYTHING TOO TALL that keeps people from being able to look each other in the eye or pass food.
• DON’T GO OVERBOARD so that you can’t fit serving platters on the table too!