x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Set a perfect dinner scene

Setting the perfect dinner scene with tablescapes.

Here are some simple tricks to create standout tablescapes. Start with the basics – tableware. When it comes to selecting pieces think carefully about texture and pattern. Couple a plain porcelain dining plate with a patterned/coloured side plate; add texture to this arrangement with your table linen. For inspiration look at the tableware collection at West Elm, Dubai Mall.

Consider using chalkboards or white boards with your guests’ names as placemats. Use glassware and flatware to add detail and sparkle. Combine cut glass crystal with plain and play with the height and shape of the glassware. Stainless steel is a popular choice for flatware – instead experiment with metallic accents like gold or a natural finish like wood (both available at Zara Home).

A large flower arrangement is the easy choice as a focal point, but not ideal for conversations across the table. Instead, get creative with how you serve your signature main course by raising the serving platter or creating a low candle and flower arrangement around the dish.

Lastly, introduce aromatic fragrance oils and scented candles to the table and add colour with seasonal flowers.

* Pallavi Dean