8 Steps to the Perfect Table Setting…Elle Decor and Nate Berkus

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

There are plenty of posts out there on how to set a table for a get together or dinner party but I love this one by Nate Berkus for Elle Decor because it’s so simple.  The table is worn and the centerpiece is made up of things you have lying around the house.  After all, it’s not about what you have, right…it’s how you put it together! 

If you’re hosting a Mother’s Day brunch or dinner over the weekend this might come in handy.

STEP #1.  START WITH A BLANK SLATE

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

You should be inspired already; chances are you’re starting out with a table that looks better than this ; )

STEP #2.  GET YOURSELF A TABLECLOTH

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

I tend to gravitate towards bright colorful tablecloths, especially this time of year.  If you start with a simple pattern like stripes though, or one with a neutral base, it’s easier to build on.  Berkus suggests customizing your linen – find a fabric you like and hem the edges or have someone like your local dry cleaner do it for you.

STEP #3.  ADD A BIT OF CONTRAST WITH A TABLE RUNNER

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

This is where a good eye comes in handy.  Find something that matches but doesn’t?  I think that’s the idea.  Look for hints of color that will continue throughout the rest of the setting in dishware and in the main centerpiece.

STEP #4.  GET THAT CENTERPIECE GOING

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Grab things from around your house – pretty serving trays, vases and glassware with varying heights.  Nate’s rule: keep it low.  Too much height and people have to stand up to talk to each other across the table; not good. 

STEP #5.  PUT TOGETHER THE FIRST PLACE SETTING

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

When creating the place settings, Berkus suggests that you use one classic piece paired with an unexpected one…interesting.  Here he used a classic plate with gold flatware for a touch of glamour. 

STEP #6.  MIX THINGS UP

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Let lose a little; your plates don’t have to match as long as they stay within the same color palette.  If you’re a thrifter like I am this is a great excuse to sort through some of those donated dishes and come up with a really eclectic mix of styles and sizes.  Add a pretty napkin to introduce a new pop of color.

STEP #7.  FLOWER POWER

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Here Nate suggests keeping it simple.  Instead of a mixed bouquet of flowers, try staying monochromatic and sticking with a single flower species.  Use three to five vases to create height and movement.

STEP #8.  ADD LAYERS OF GLASSWARE

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Use wine and water glasses in metallic or clear glass – those beautiful little gold ones are by Jayson Home and I love them.  What a pretty detail to add to the table, right?

So, are you inspired to start setting your table?!?

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