Entertaining guests at home comprises multiple elements. From food and timing to venue and set-up, all these details need to come together to create the right ambience for your guests. Great hosts aim to have a warm and inviting atmosphere in order for their guests to have a pleasantly memorable time.

Tammy Damore Tablescape

Design great-looking tablescapes that lend an air of elegance and make any occasion feel special. Here are three questions to set you on the right path to creating beautiful tablescapes.

What is on the menu?

Part of entertaining involves serving food that delights and satisfies. The food may take the lead, but décor plays a great supporting role that will make your spread even more enticing and enjoyable. Your menu—whether it be breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, or dinner—is the foundation for choosing your table decor and centerpiece, because it determines what dinnerware is required. For example, steak knives, soup bowls, and wine glasses may be essential for a dinner, and having these on the table will direct the placement of the rest of your décor.

While the food served will be one of the meal’s highlights, of course, you can choose a menu according to your available prep time as well. You can go for simpler yet tasty dishes that won’t take too much effort and time to prepare.

What is the color scheme?

When readying your tablescape, color ties your overall design theme together. A tablescape in an enticing blend of hues will set the stage for the rest of the meal. You can go for neutral and calm color palettes or bold and vibrant ones. Match your color scheme to the food you plan to serve.

If you’re still unsure of how to approach your theme, you can’t go wrong with this tip: complementary colors will always create a beautiful color display. Simply find a color you like and display items such as plates, glasses, and flower arrangements in that color. Then use complementary shades as accents to add texture and depth.

Where will you entertain?

Location is another factor to consider when setting up your table. If you plan to host outdoors, make sure to have contingency plans for changes in the weather. Whether your meal will be held outdoors or indoors and depending on the time of day, you also need to have ample lighting available. Your tablescape will also depend on how many guests will be there and how formal or casual the gathering will be.

With everything ready for your party, you can relax and concentrate on being the gracious host. Do you have other great tablescape ideas? Share them in the comments! Check out more dining and home décor at Balsam Hill.

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