With outdoor gatherings and alfresco garden parties in full swing, every hostess wants to make a lasting impression each time they entertain. However, using the same tired old linens each time guests come over can seem dull and boring after a while. So how does one change the look of a table instantly without breaking the bank and filling up the linen closet?
It’s as simple as wearing a great pair of pants or a skirt with a different shirt, new shoes and accessories to create a whole new look. Add brightly colored and textured table accessories and interesting centerpieces to that standard white or ivory tablecloth to establish a unique table setting fit for any gathering.
• Napkins and Napkin Rings: Napkins and napkin rings are like jewelry for the table. Accessorize with napkins in festive colors and designs. Then slip on a fun napkin ring to instantly give a table a brand new look. Mix and match different yet coordinating styles and colors of napkins in fun floral or geometric prints to create an eclectic look. Pair vibrant designed cotton napkins with brass cuff napkins rings, or basic solid colored linen napkins with flower napkin rings for unique individual place settings.
• Placemats: Changing placemats is another simple way to create a new look for a table. Just like napkins, the same placemat can be uniformly used around the table or different style placemats can be alternated to create an eye-popping table setting.
• Table Runners: A table instantly comes to life by adding a single table runner in a striking Summertime color down the center of the table. By placing white serving dishes atop such a brightly colored runner, the food being served looks extra delicious.
• Centerpieces: Store away the candlesticks and vases with flowers that made their appearance during the Winter months, and add new, interesting centerpieces that will have dinner guests talking about your ingenuity. Simple, yet elegant ideas for new centerpieces include bowls of colorful fruit, floating candles and seashells lined down the table. A collection of figurines or nic-nacs that have been picked up during travel make great centerpieces and conversation starters. What about photos from previous gatherings? Place little picture frames filled with photographs taken from past parties down the center of the table, and guests will reminisce about memorable times spent together.
Hosting a friendly gathering already includes a lot of elements, such as choosing the right food, creating the guest list, and so on. When it comes to putting together the table, remember to keep it simple, stylish, inviting and most importantly add your personal creative touch.
For more ideas for decorating a table, visit West Palm Beach’s luxury linens store, Pioneer Linens at www.Pioneer Linens.com/TableLinen or call 1-800-207-LINENS.
Address: 210 Clematis Street West Palm Beach, Florida 33401