Afternoon tea set up a rustic vibe. The table is covered with a pink and white checkered table runner. There are two plates, one with a blue napkin and the other with a red and white checkered napkin. The plates are white with a gold rim and a small purple flower on them. There is a yellow plate with a slice of cake on it. There are two red mugs and a knife with a yellow handle. The background consists of a wooden board with bread and other baked goods on it.

Impress your guests with some simple tips for the perfect tablescape

With three bank holidays coming up over May, will you be entertaining?

Why not follow these simple tips in creating the perfect tablescape that will impress your guests.

Setting the scene
Decide on your colour theme; choosing a theme which is timeless will mean you can re-use throughout the year, whatever the occasion. Adding accessories is a more cost-effective way to add a seasonal twist to your tablescape, rather than going all out on a theme you may not use again.

Once you’ve decided on your colour theme it’s time to layer up your table. Start with the table linen, which will become the backdrop for your display, followed by tableware and then finish with the decorative elements.

The general rule is to follow the “rule of three” for each place setting.

Starting with your placemat, then add the dinner plate before finishing with the top plate; the decorative elements of your napkins and cutlery can then be added alongside the glassware, and any other accessories you chose to add.

Top tip if you prefer a neutral colour theme you can add elements of colour with your choice of accessories such as napkins, candles and flowers.

Adding a personal touch such as handwritten place cards or a personalised menu is a thoughtful touch that your guests will love.

Beautiful tablescape setting with white china, glasses and neutral decorations

Set the scene

Add a seasonal touch
Seasonal hand cut flowers, foliage or sprigs of herbs are all perfect ways to add a seasonal touch.
Displaying flowers on the table as a centre piece for that real “wow” factor to a more simplistic approach with placing jam jars with hand cut flowers from the garden, to tucking a rosemary spring into your napkins are perfect, simple seasonal touches that can be added to your tablescape.

Selection of hand cut and wild flowers positioned in make shift vessels such as old glass bottles

Add a seasonal touch with hand cut flowers and herbs

Mix and match
You’re tablescape doesn’t have to be all matching with your best china. A fabulous way to add an element of fun is to combine old with new.
Pop over and visit your local charity or vintage shops, dig out your car boot finds, you’ll be amazed at what bargains you can pick up and it’s a great way to add character to your table, as well as bringing some love back to those old vintage finds.

Selection of mismatched plates stacked in piles of varying sizes and colour

Mix and match between old and new

Keep it simple
Final tip, don’t overcrowd your table!
The last thing you want is for your guests to be worried about knocking something over as they’re reaching out to top up their glass.
As they say, less is more.

Tablescape setting with rows of white plates on a table decorated with glassware and candles

Keep it simple


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