As you lighten up your home for spring and summer—swapping out jewel-tone pillows with floral prints, replacing velvet drapes for linen sheers—don’t forget to brighten up your table settings too. You needn’t buy a new set of dishes and flatware, of course (though if you’d like to, go right ahead!). All it takes are a few fresh touches to create a warm-weather tablescape. Below you’ll find plenty of inspiration and a few tips:
• Pastels are pretty, but they’re not your only option. Simply adding in white or ivory table linens or serveware can brighten things up.
• Choose lighter textiles. Goodbye, brocade tablecloth. Hello, raffia place mats. And if you’re dining alfresco amid a strong breeze or indoors beneath a ceiling fan, you might want to eschew table linens altogether, except for napkins.
• Consider shatterproof tableware. Especially if eating outdoors or with little ones, opt for acrylic drinkware and melamine plates. You’ll be surprised at how chic today’s varieties are.
• Amp up the flower power. If you do nothing else, place a bouquet on the table. Real flowers aren’t your thing? Go for faux. You won’t have to worry about the fragrance competing with the aroma of your food—nor will you have to contend with bees as uninvited guests.
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