5 Table-Setting Ideas That Will Make You the Very Best Host

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Over the past year many of us spent more time thinking about how we dress our tables than how we dress ourselves. At the start of the first lockdown, Laura Jackson started a movement called #makeamealofit, where she encouraged us all to cherish dinner time, whether we were isolating alone, with friends or with family. It was all about making our evening meals an event to look forward to at the end of the day—taking the time to put down our phones (after taking a tablescape picture, of course), eating something delicious and bringing out those plates or wine that you'd usually only save for fancy occasions. It's one lockdown tradition we'd quite like to hold onto, especially now we can start hosting once again.

Over the past year pictures of beaches and brunches on Instagram have been replaced with pictures of table settings that look like works of art. If you are inspired to upgrade your at-home dining experience or put on a special spread for friends, keep scrolling for our guide to how to transform any table into the fanciest joint in town.

From candlesticks to linens, these items will make any meal feel a little more special, whether you're tucking into something you've slaved over for hours or an oven-cooked pizza.

Blues and Whites

If you like to keep things classic, stick to a blue-and-white colour scheme for a traditional feel.

H&M Porcelain Plate (£7)

Anna + Nina Matte Light Blue Twisted Candles Set of Six (£25)

Soho Home Cabana Acrylic Double Old Fashioned Glass, Set of Four (£28)

French Connection Menthe Small Enamelled Bowl (£15)

Hay Outline Cotton-Linen Cushion (£55)

Vaisselle Drink Me Gingham Jug (£75)

John Lewis & Partners Chambray Weave Cotton Napkins (£15)

La Dolce Vita

Do like the Italians do and layer bold-printed plates and stick to oranges, blues and yellows.

Laboratorio Paravicini Set of Four Izmir Ceramic Dessert Plates ($243)

Summerill & Bishop Stripe Linen Tablecloth (£275)

Arket San Raphael Wild Flower Centrepiece Plate (£55)

H&M Canvas Cushion Cover (£3.99)

Hot Pottery Espresso Cup and Saucer Set Burnt Orange (£22.5)

La Montaña Alfredo's Café Candle, 220g (£39)

John Lewis & Partners Bordallo Pinheiro Melon Serving Bowl (£50)

Pinks and Greens

Pink and green is a colour combination that we keep seeing on stylish tables right now.

Arket Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Bowl 29 Cm (£55)

Soho Home Celio Throw, Green (£260)

H&M Linen-Blend Seat Cushion (£10)

Unspecified Raddichio Oval Platter (£50)

Anna + Nina Matte Pink Twisted Candles Set of Six (£25)

Octaevo Mini Riviera Wave Paper Vase (£14)

John Lewis & Partners Gots Organic Linen Tablecloth (£75)

Minimal Linens

For a more effortless look, opt for a neutral colour palette and linens.

H&M Washed Linen Tablecloth (£40)

John Lewis and Partners Naturally Med Olive Wood Chopping Board (£25)

Soho Home Burnished Copper Lantern, Medium (£201)

French Connection Medium Cane Glass Vase (£45)

H&M Glass Dispenser With Tap (£25)

Arket Nicolas Vahé Salad Set (£19)

Soho Home Meynell Ribbed Highball Smoke, Set of 4 (£80)

All the Colour and Prints

Danish influencers have been going for a more cutesy look with bold colours and playful checks.

Bornn Colorama Sauce Plate (£10)

Etsy 1/4 Gingham Cotton Check Table Cloth Cover Lime Green (£16)

British Colour Standard Eco Dinner Candles Set of Six (£27)

Hay Glass Spoons Spice Set of Three (£35)

Matilda Goad Rainbow Teaset (£70)

Klimchi Large Hobnail Jug (£95)

John Lewis & Partners Chip and Dip Bowls With Oak Wood Serving Board (£35)

Next up, see our edit of affordable homeware buys.

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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