How to decorate a dining table

No matter what you’re having for dinner, make it a meal to remember with these fun tips for dressing your dining room table

How to decorate your dining table
Published: February 21, 2022 at 1:15 pm
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A stunning dining table can really set the mood for a dinner party or special meal with a loved one. Here's how to make yours beautiful with simple personal touches

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How to decorate a dining table

  • Plan your base. For a crisp, classic look, you can’t go wrong with a linen tablecloth, while a wipe-clean colourful PVC is a good option if you’ve got kids over for tea. You could also use kraft paper, which you could then decorate with hand-written messages and doodles, or if you want to go for a table runner, a stylish scarf, fabric offcuts or a strip of wallpaper are creative options.
  • Bring texture and depth to the table with lots of layers. Table runners, placemats, napkins and different-sized plates and glasses made from contrasting materials will add extra interest. Introduce height with candlesticks and tall flowers.
  • Style for the season. Use a mix of mini pumpkins for autumn; sprigs of holly and acorns for winter; pastel-painted eggs and daffodils for Easter and scattered citrus fruit for summer suppers.
  • Personalised touches go a long way. Make each guest feel they’ve bagged the best seat in the house with hand-written menus, name settings and tie cutlery together with a pretty ribbon or, for a more rustic look, with a piece of twine and rosemary.
  • Don’t overdo it. A table overflowing with flowers and candles might be good for Instagram but be careful your decorations don’t get in the way of people enjoying their food and having a chat across the table.

Not sure what to cook for this all important dinner? Check out our recipe section for tasty ideas and inspiration

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Authors

Maxine Brady is an interior stylist, home decor journalist and multi-award winning blogger

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