5 Simple Tablescape Ideas for Your Next Gathering

By Sarah Koller

We love entertaining, but curating the perfect evening for guests can sometimes feel like a lot of work. Though a well-thought-out dinner setting can distinguish a great party from an ordinary one, it doesn’t have to involve pulling out your best china, linens, and place cards. For proof, we’ve gathered 5 simple tablescape ideas.

Whether you’ve got an Easter dinner or Mother’s Day meal on the horizon, or a last-minute get-together with the neighbors, these creative solutions are elegant, effortless and (most importantly) easy to do. Keep scrolling for all 5 design ideas.

  1. Touch of greenery. Sometimes, the most basic ideas are best. So conjure up a hygge-inspired setting that involves little more than some all-natural ingredients from the backyard (or your local craft store.) A rule-of-thumb for this approach? Go with all white accents to let the sprigs of greenery really stand out. And, the less elements you incorporate, the better (so you can leave those extra fancy serving dishes on the shelf).
  1. Candle arrangement. Candles are a quick way to set the mood for an intimate dinner party. Throw in an entire table’s worth, and you’re left with some serious ambiance. To execute, simply organize your favorite jar and votive candles from around the home, and station them in one large grouping on your table. Or array the candles in the center down the length of the whole table. Just be sure to have trays handy to collect any drippings along the way!
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  1. Rainbow flair. For a family event, this idea will appeal to young and old alike. The only item required to execute? A stash of multi-colored balloons. Use string to secure each to a plank placed in the center, working in order of how the colors appear on the rainbow. Keep the balloons low and near the table surface, for a fun, color-infused arrangement that’s sure to delight all!
  1. Floral statement. We love a seasonally appropriate setting that works well for any upcoming affairs. Simply stock up on early spring flowers available at the store (tulips, anyone?) and situate them center stage with a rustic planter. One-color arrangements are a simple way to create high impact. You can also scatter a bud of each flower on each place setting. Or, for those of you with a green thumb, bring in a planter from outdoors to use as a temporary centerpiece. Easy as that!
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  1. Farmhouse style. A rustic touch makes your eating area feel more homey — regardless of what’s on the menu. To bring this vibe to your space, all it takes are three simple items: mason jars, florals (preferably from the farmer’s market or backyard), and a quilt in lieu of a traditional tablecloth. This last item sounds like a bit of a doozy, but experts swear by it to introduce some true farmhouse character.

Are you ready to throw a dinner party? Let us know which ideas you’re loving!

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