Be inspired: set your table like a stylist
Home stylist Susie Clegg brings the outdoors in with an easy floral napkin ring and other table-dressing tips.
Whether it’s for a special celebration like a birthday, or simply because you fancy a change, a few simple touches can really make a difference to your table. When I styled the dining shoot in Sainsbury’s Home Ideas magazine, I used a few tricks to give it a fresh, seasonal feel.
Homemade decorations will give your dinner table a lovely personal feel. For an eye-catching napkin ring, take a napkin, roll it up, then loosely wind a length of twine around it. Next, simply tuck a sprig of greenery underneath – a burst of small blooms looks sweet and pretty, a single flower head is more dramatic and herbs give an earthy, organic feel.
For a different look, brown paper luggage tags make lovely place settings with your guests’ names on – but if you don’t have any to hand, you can always cut tags out of coloured paper or tea-stain some white paper for a vintage look. Make a hole using a hole punch so you can thread them withstring or ribbon and tie them to cutlery or drinking-glass stems.
If you’re using plain crockery, make sure your accessories bring energy to your table – a pop of colour will really wake things up. I used vibrant green bottles and glassware for the shoot, which worked with the wood for a natural look. Alternatively, try tableware with an on-trend botanical print and just a hint of colour.
What are your tips for making your table look special?
Susie Clegg is an interior stylist and writer.
Prices, top to bottom: Grey ripple-effect 12-piece dinner set, £50, see instore, Simplicity cutlery, set of 16, £15, see instore; white cotton napkins, set of 2, £4; white cotton tablecloth, £22; wine glasses, £2.50 each, see instore; Botanical dinner plate, £3.50; Botanical side plate, £3; Botanical cake forks, set of 4, £8.
Tip of the week
Dining outside instead? Check out our blog post on picnics, parties and barbecues and look out for our ‘Go al fresco’ Instagram competition, coming soon!