Achieve An Elegant Tablescape For Less Than P500

Your next party will surely be a hit

Original Article: Tala Singson Photography: Ben Beringuela Styling: Tala Singson

As we say hello to December, we can’t deny that we’re fast approaching weeks of parties and reunions. Aside from keeping track of your commitments and the food you eat, you may also want to plan how you’ll style your dining table for an unforgettable feast.

Whether you’re hosting a get-together with friends or you’re in charge of the clan’s Noche Buena, an elegant setup can help set the mood and draw attention to the dining area. No need to worry about spending a lot, you can still allocate most of your budget for food and drinks as we’ve got ideas that cost P500 or less:

Pick a palette.

You can take inspiration from still-life paintings with rich colors. When setting up your table for an event, work with deep colors like emerald, teal, and deep purples. These colors speak of class and elegance.

Use random beautiful objects as accessories.

To match the color palette, spruce up the table with a couple of hardbound books, lemon peelings, and a vintage candelabra as your centerpiece. You may also place a bowl of fruits in a corner.

Find artificial fruits (P49.75 each), wine glasses (P99.75 each), and champagne flutes (P89.75 each) at SM Home. Shop for gold candelabras (P250) at Dapitan Arcade. You can find a clear glass vase (P299) at H&M Home.

Opt for refined linen.

With your chosen colors as inspiration, pick light- to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton blend or linen to create a lovely draping effect. Don’t just place the linen over the table. Work on having waves and folds as these catch light and shadows which in turn add texture to the setting.

Showcase polished dinnerware.

Don’t settle for ordinary plates and dinnerware. Check your cabinets for heirloom pieces you can use. You can also shop for gold and silver platters that you can put at the center of the table.

Shop for quality linen at The Fabric Warehouse. Fruit stands and similar pieces are available at Dapitan Arcade for less than P100. Find bowls and lovely dinnerware at SM Home for less than P500.

Don’t neglect lighting.

It’s no secret that proper lighting can set the mood in an area. For a moody, intimate get-together that’s reminiscent of still-life paintings, you can set up the table near a single light source such as a door leading to the lanai or a window. If these options aren’t possible, you can place a floor lamp by the table as an alternative.


Finish the look with blooms.

Roses can add drama and a refreshing touch to your setup. Don’t hesitate to use faux ones or market-bought roses to complete the look of your dining area.

Find a similae glass vase at Dapitan Arcade. Shop for red roses (P499.75 per stem) and red berries (P299.75 per stem) at SM Home.


Dapitan Arcade

  • 37 Dapitan corner Kanlaon Streets, Laurges, Quezon City


H&M Home

  • G/L SM Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City
  • Tel. no. (02) 893-1612


SM Home

  • At all SM Malls nationwide


The Fabric Warehouse

  • LG/L Bldg. B, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
  • Tel. no. (02) 633-4997


This article ("Still Life with Mood") originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine.

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