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4 Easy-to-do Table Setting Styles

Hosting a dinner party in your home? Spruce up your table with these easy table setting ideas


When planning a house party, a chic and charming table centerpiece is a must. Adding a unique table setting style can make your event even more fun and memorable. Let these four settings guide you in styling your table for a casual or fancy dinner. 

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To complement the all-natural theme, go for beautifully textured plates made with sustainable materials and cutlery with an organic quality. Spread out a sheet of Kraft paper, a renewable material made from wood pulp, for a chic and cheap makeshift placemat.

RL Tip: Pluck some leaves from the backyard and carefully write your guest’s name, across the leaf with a fine point black pen.

Summer Getaway

Hosting a beach-themed party? Decorate your table with a foliage-inspired plate, a funky coaster that resembles a spatter, a plastic tumbler, and a shell napkin ring. You may also scatter and use your favorite summer photos as accents.

RL Tip: Make fake Polaroid photos as souvenirs. Attach the photo on a slightly bigger white cardboard. Leave ample room at the bottom for a short note.

Colorful Pinoy

Preparing a feast of Filipino dishes? Give guests a generous serving of “probinsya” charm with pieces made of familiar local materials, but in surprisingly fresh colors such as light pink and pistachio green. Consider giving away personalized fans to guests. Neatly scribble your guest’s name on a piece of paper, punch a hole for the ribbon, and tie it to the fan’s handle.

RL Tip: Add a touch of hue and whimsy to the setting with a bunch of blooms in a capiz vase. If you want to stay true to the theme, opt for gumamela or santan in a bao used as a vase.  

Fun with Geometric Shapes

There’s no rule that says you need to use round dinner plates with round side plates all the time. This setting lets you play with shapes. If you have two or more sets of dinnerware, all you need to do is mix and match. For the accent colors, try two contrasting shades such as violet and yellow. Consider pairing a square plate with a triangular soup plate. Underneath, slip a round placemat in a punchy color.

RL Tip: Spell out your guests’ names with these cutesy play mats. For a more grown-up polish, form a name using mats of similar color. 

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