Wedding, dinner party, kid’s birthday, and more. We’ve detailed five gorgeous place setting ideas for your next occasion.
With only a couple of styling tricks, you can elevate any occasion from great to amazing. It all starts with presentation. Specifically, beautiful place settings. Place settings work to anchor your table and the feast you serve in your entertaining space. Buckle up, because we’re about to style them with a wow factor that’ll give your guests that magical looked after, night off, I probably won’t be asked to do the dishes, feeling.
Whether your guests are wearing couture or their Levi’s, they’ll be swept up in the fun of a personalised place setting. If you’d rather they choose their seats, gather place cards in the middle of the table for everyone to grab once they’re settled. When they’re beautifully made, place cards can double as personalised party favours! A river stone with their name in gold calligraphy is a special gift to take home. Start the meal with this spark of joy, and special moments will follow.
Here are five styles especially for you. Each setting is completely different so you can pick one that suits your personality and the tone of your event.
Consider the scale of your occasion first. If you’re styling wedding reception tables, draw plenty of attention to your table linens, and double any greenery or floral features. These strong features draw a lot of attention when styling a wedding and lessen the need for additional décor. They also distract your guests from any hired silverware or crockery, which isn’t always immaculate. Play with bold placemat and napkin patterns for visual interest. Using complimentary fabric colours and textures limits the need for excess décor, de-cluttering your table. To secure place cards to fresh greenery simply hole punch a small hole in the end of each place card, cut a slit to the end, and clasp them around the stems. This fresh rosemary gives a delicious fragrance to the table.
If you’re hosting friends for a birthday or dinner party, have fun and deck those halls. If your friends are anything like you, they’ll adore every styled detail. On these occasions go all out with DIY, because your favourite people will appreciate every effort you’ve made. If you’re hosting a dinner party or luncheon, simply snip fresh herbs straight from your herb planter shortly before everyone arrives to finish the place settings. These DIY wooden place card bases almost steal the show in this place setting!
Entertaining a gang of unruly kids for your child's birthday party? Multi task with place settings that can be attacked for crafting. Keep their energetic little selves at the table long enough to eat by providing crayons, scissors, tape, and ribbon (don't forget to use the ribbon around their cutlery). Avoid glitter and glue because it’ll sneak into the party food. If you're after a cleaner activity, try this Recycled Jar DIY - the kids can craft all over their milk bottle. Of course, their creations will become the birthday party favours – resourceful parent, high five!
This idea’s simple, but very effective. It’s ideal for a casual occasion, like a picnic with friends. Anchor this very minimal style on a detailed table or vintage lace table cloth for that all-important visual interest. Following that, use contrasting dinnerware and napkin colours. Now simply tie fresh cut lavender to a rolled napkin with string or ribbon for a touch of elegance. Voilà!
I’ve saved my favourite until last. I know, it’s sad we’re almost done. But are you ready for a twist? You’ll have read it here first. This is massive. History making stuff. Styling Tip: Lay your placemats on the table with their width facing you. That’s right, no more left to right standard place setting. We’re styling top to bottom, baby! The top is anchored with a potted herb for your guests to self-garnish their food, farm to plate style. The crocheted lace place mat is balanced with a modern striped table cloth. A rustic linen napkin is contrasted with Silk & Willow’s plant dyed silk ribbon. If you dream of lace, stripes, and all things nice, this place setting style is for you.