How To Decorate a Table

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Outdoor Dining Table Decorated for a Party

Have you ever wondered how to decorate a table?

Or is it just me? 

It's easy to start with a table runner or tablecloth or dishes or silverware.....

.....but then what?

Where do you go next?

Do you layer or stack or shine or simplify?

If you're like me and you've ever thought a blank table top was a little intimidating....'s a few ideas to make your table top decorating a little easier.

Tabletop Decor with Flowers

1.  Bring the outside in

Take advantage of the colors and scents of the season with this simple table top ideas that shines.

Set the table with a neutral pallet of white linens, white dishes, polished silver and elegant glassware.

Then select vivid blooms in simple containers to truly pop against the neutral table settings.

How to Decorate a Table with Color

2.  Think outside the box

Why not decorate your table with unusual containers or re-purposed every day items.

Baskets planted with spring flowers make an unusual and creative centerpiece idea.

Cakes on staggered cake stands accompanied by a decorative tray of simple cake toppings creates an inviting dessert buffet table for your guests.

How to Decorate a Table with Lanterns

3.  Look up

Don't forget the space above the table when decorating.

String a banner or drape flowers or hang lanterns for visual interest.

Complete the look by introducing tiered stands and decorative bowls filled with fresh flowers.

Glass Vase Centerpiece on Outdoor Table

4.  Add color

Fill a table with color and texture for a summer afternoon gathering.

Start with a brilliant hue for your tablecloth and begin to layer stemware and dishes.

Create a simple centerpieces using simple glass vases

Wrap a vase with a ribbon and place next to a tall vase filled with a single floating flower.

How to Decorate a Dining Table

But the when the dishes are placed and the vases are filled.....what's the most important reason to learn how to decorate a table?

To create a place where friends and family feel welcome.

Where the conversation dances across the table and laughter fills the air.....

.....and the memories made last a lifetime.

Photo credits:  Photo 1:  bhg  Photo 2:  Martha Stewart  Photo 3:  Martha Stewart  Photo 4:  Country Living  Photo 5:  bhg  Photo 6:  Apartment Therapy

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  • I love them all.  I especially like the hot pink, peach and yellow flowers in shaved ice.... so simple, yet so elegant.

  • Wait, I can't decide... maybe the pink and white?  No all the cakes one..... oh all of them.

How To Decorate a Table