The practice of setting the table is an art form that invites loved ones to gather around and share meaningful moments together. Our grandmothers taught us how place settings set intentionally for each guest can make others feel cared for. A thoughtful place setting consists of 5 essential ingredients – and we’re sharing them today!
We’re so excited to pull back the curtain on our own process of hosting and entertaining professionals by sharing our tried-and-true Tablescape Recipe! But, before we get into the 5 Essential Place Setting Ingredients, did you check out our last post, Tablescape Recipe: 5 Essential Centerpiece Ingredients?! We recommend checking out the first part of our tablescape recipe, which complements the Place Setting. Following this guide will consistently lead you to stunningly beautiful tablescape designs – every time!
So, let’s go of the idea that an elevated and sophisticated tablescape isn’t attainable or that it’s overly complex. These ideas play into the myths we’ve all believed at one point or another – including us! Instead, let’s embrace the simplicity of it all, and remember that we’re all #hostfulatheart.
We were beyond thrilled to partner with Work Your Closet, who photographed each of our designs so beautifully, and Patina & Petals who meticulously designed the floral accents to highlight each of our tablescapes perfectly.
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To work with Sarah at Patina & Petals, be sure to visit her website HERE.
5 Essential Place Setting Ingredients
#1: Foundational Charger
Create a foundation for your place setting and instantly elevate your table design with a decorative charger, whether you use a traditional charger plate or something unique like a cutting board.
#2: Layered Dinnerware
Create visual interest and dimension to your table design with stacked dinnerware for a layered look. Include one dedicated piece to complement each course of the meal.
#3: Woven Dinner Napkins
Soften the structural elements and add texture with woven dinner napkins. With the ability to be folded in various ways, the dinner napkin allows you to create a unique dining experience time after time.
Featured Pieces: Cream Fringe Dinner Napkins
#4: Accenting Flatware
Complement your dinnerware with accenting flatware while adding another level of interest for your guests. Carefully set forks to the left and knives and spoons to the right.
#5: Display-Worthy Drinkware
Complete each place setting with display-worth drinkware to add both form and function to your design. Whether celebrating a special occasion or enjoying a weeknight dinner, encourage guests to raise a glass to spending time together. We like to include two different sizes of drinkware to add visual interest, and we love using one for iced water and the other for a seasonal beverage.
Complete The Look
Don’t forget that our Place Setting Ingredients you see here complement our Centerpiece Ingredients. Put the two parts together, and that’s our complete Tablescape Recipe that we have used for years to create unique and timeless tablescape designs. We hope that by sharing this recipe, you’ll find that achieving the look you want as you invite loved ones in as simple and doable – and we’re so excited to see all the creations you make!
And, as always, remember that as you set your table this season, remember to not only consider the details that will be set atop but more importantly, the people that will be seated around it. Create a warm and welcoming space that encourages loved ones to pull up a chair where you can create meaningful moments to last a lifetime.
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