Entertain | Tips for a Gorgeous Table

With more bad weather hitting Toronto today, I can’t help but daydream about all the future brunches and gatherings I’ll be hosting come spring. I receive a lot of positive feedback whenever I host these events and many of you would like to know how to achieve them as well. In today’s article, I’ll be sharing a few tips to help you with your table setting needs for your next event. Easter is fast approaching, these tips will help you achieve that picture perfect brunch with your loved ones. 

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  1. Start with a blank slate. The first step for a beautiful table is a clean, blank table. 
  2. Dress your table. Whether you’re using a tablecloth or a runner, it’s important to create the look and feel you want to achieve with fabric. It ties the whole look together in the end. If you like, you can use both a tablecloth and table runner. If doing so, make sure to play around with colours. 
  3. Build your centrepiece (s). Centrepieces don’t have to be complicated. You can use things you already have, like beautiful bowls and vases, or go the DIY route. There are plenty of DIYs you can find on Pinterest. I love decorating with flowers. Because I have a long table, I went with 3 floral centrepieces, with the middle one being the show stopper. As you can see, I didn’t use traditional vases. I had an old cheese box hanging around and used that for the two side pieces. The middle centrepiece was in a vintage bowl I’ve had for a while. If you’re going with flowers, choose them according to your theme and season. I LOVE hydrangeas, and therefore include them in almost all my floral arrangements. Because I was hosting a valentine’s brunch, I included roses in the arrangement. It made three very fresh and girly centrepieces. 
  4. Create the place settings. This is the fun part – I was going for a vintage/girly theme and had gorgeous bone china from Sweet Bee’s Tea Party. It was fun to layer around the different coloured plates, cups and saucers. The icing on the cake was the silver cutlery, it added an element of luxury. For an elegant affair, I recommend traditional white plates with gold trimmings and gold flatware. When it comes to napkins, I always opt for linen ones, as I’m not a fan of paper napkins during a formal gathering. The amount of plates you’ll use depends on the amount of courses you’ll be dishing out. Don’t forget to use place cards if you’re doing assigned seating (which I love to do, it forces people to mingle). When it comes to plates, don’t be afraid to mix them up if it’s what you like, just like I did with the vintage plates.
  5. Add fillers to the centrepieces. If the centre of your table is looking a little empty, add a few accessories or pastries to fill the gaps. Candles also work. 
  6. Add glassware. The key with glassware is to keep it very simple. Invest in metallic or clear glasses. Play around with what you have and mix and don’t be afraid to mix and match. 

I hope my tips help you with your next dinner party or luncheon!