Often when I have friends over, I don’t bother to set the table with individual place settings. Instead, I just pile up everything to keep it simple and informal. If it’s an occasion like Christmas or Easter then I will go a bit more formal but otherwise it’s all about effortless simplicity.
Even when it’s a simple look, I always add a few decorative pieces to make the table look inviting. For me, there are a couple of ‘must haves’ on any kind of table setting but other than that it’s all about what I have to hand. I like to keep the look pared back and simple because an over-crowded table just looks too busy for my liking.
My inspiration for this table was simple: minimal & Scandinavian. I wanted the table to be warm and welcoming without being cramped or overflowing with decor items. I worked with what I already had so I could show you that everyday items are all you need. We don’t need fancy new things to make a table setting feel welcoming — my
Having said that it’s worth investing in a few timeless pieces that you can use again and again, in case you haven’t already. My linen tablecloths and
The one thing I do like to buy for a table setting is some fresh foliage. I don’t usually go for flowers because they’re expensive and besides, I love foliage. It adds a hint of colour to a minimal, neutral table and it adds texture too. And foliage looks good even when it’s starting to dry out and die. For this table I went with some baby eucalyptus stems. I also always have some candles even in the warmer, summery months. Candles create a cosiness and warmth which adds so much to a dining table setting. Here I went with tall candles in tall candle holders (
When I put together an informal table like this, I like including one big decor piece. Here I’ve used a simple
What are your favourite ways to create a simple table setting?