Setting the table

With a degree in hospitality, hosting is something I love to do. Celebrating birthday's, new jobs or just a Friday night dinner party are great reasons to set the table and break bread. A dinner party isn't complete without the table being set and it is one of my favorite parts about hosting.

Regardless if I am setting the table for four people or just myself, I put effort towards making it nice. After all, even if you're dining alone, you can treat yourself to a set table. This post explores some ways that I like to dress a table, perfect for Spring. Simple flowers and vases can go a long way and don't break the bank.

This has to be one of my favorite table settings. Simple, white, single stem tulips in vases

make a large impact and create a fresh, clean look. Admittedly, these are my water glasses and stemless wine glasses - get creative! You can change out the color and the flower and it would still make an impression on your guests.

I paired this with my all white Create and Barrel dinnerware along with some white napkins with my flatware from Target. Pictured above is a birds eye view of the table top setting for four.

It's also fun to play with color. While I traditiatonlly like to keep my dinnerware all white, it's

fun to be playful. Especilally with this fun collection by Prelude Porcelain. I was gifted this set by my Godmother and the beautiful lavender and green colors pop off of the plates this time of the year when the sun is shining in. When you have such detailed dinnerware, the best bet is to keep the rest of the table pretty simple. I paired this setting with a small centerpiece of vibrant hyacinth. A perfect compliment to the setting, this is a great setting for brunch on Sunday!

This setting is for those who are a little more modern.These earthenware plates from Little

Garage Shop are great if you like clean lines. I paired the oatmeal colored dinnerware with two simple bud vases and made use of the extra tulip leaves to top it off (being resourceful)! A little fresh eucalyptus to help bring in some color and the fun napkins from Série limitée LOUISE add a touch of depth and are complimentary in design.

There you have it. Three easy ways to make big impact. Now it's your turn. Host a party (invite me) and set your table. Take some tips you learned from this post and put your spin on it! That's the fun part!

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