Winter Dinner Party At Home…Part 1, the table setting!

With 2017 well on its way and my life back on track after our move, renovations and the festive season I am excited to share our very first Dinner Party in our new home.

With 2017 well on its way and my life back on track after our move, renovations and the festive season I am excited to share our very first Dinner Party in our new home.

There is always something magical about hosting dinner parties at home and I hope my simple2elegant blogs inspire you to throw your own a little more often. Like most tasks in life, hosting a successful dinner party takes a little research, planning and preparation in advance to help take away the stress.

My basic rules of setting table:

  • Keep it simple
  • Have a plan
  • An elegant set of white crockery is a must
  • Keep to the colour hues of your décor in your home
  • Mix and match with different textured crockery or glassware where possible to add interest
  • Layering of crockery adds texture
  • Have a pre-planned idea of the table setting
  • Set the table the night before or in the morning of your dinner party – it takes away the stress
  • Simple centerpieces

Each place setting began with:

  • Glass chopping board in black and grey
  • large white charger plate
  • A textured felt placemat in grey
  • Layered the dinner plate
  • Adding an entrée plate.
  • TIP: to stop the plates from rubbing I find using a plain white paper serviette between the plates helps

This was our first dinner party in our new home and the start of many more to come. I wanted to reflect the clean simple lines that we have created in our new open plan space. I found inspiration for the table setting after opening a box of my South African collectables from www.carrolboyes.com  and my glass chopping boards that I purchased some time ago that get used as placemats from www.mrphome.com.  The glass chopping boards are fabulous, adding texture and most importantly a very easy surface to clean afterwards. The chopping boards also became a great topic of conversation!

The centerpiece was simple and inexpensive to put together.  For those that follow me regularly I am sure that you have picked up on a trend that I absolutely LOVE. The use of garden GREENERY in all forms to give a pop of natural, organic feel to my home and table décor.  The centerpiece and fresh rosemary sprigs that were used on the serviettes added a natural element and worked well with the food that was served. More on this in Part 2 of my blog, The Menu!

Glass bowl

  • 1 Large frilly lettuce
  • Brassica (ornamental cabbage or kale)

Table set, food ready and looking forward to a fabulous evening with special friends! More in Part 2 of my blog!

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