Hosting people over is definitely my love language! Recently, I shared some snapshots on Instagram of a dinner I hosted for my friends, and the response was great. Many of you loved the setup and asked about the serveware I used. So, I’m excited to share some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way to make your next event even more special.
1. Get Creative with Serveware:
Don’t limit yourself to traditional serveware options. Think outside the box and consider using unexpected items like acrylic jewelry boxes and stands. These unique pieces can add an elegant touch to your spread. One of you asked about my dates bowl and it was actually my mortar and pestle that I use to crush my garlic in! You can find so many pretty deals at home goods which is where I found mine but here are some other options:
As far as my plates, I love having matte white salad and dinner plates but something out of the box for my dessert plates. My Mackenzie and Childs Courtney check plates are always a favorite! Shop dessert plates:
2. Mix and Match Textures:
When setting up your food display, don’t be afraid to mix and match different textures. Combining materials like marble, wood, and glass can create a visually appealing and dynamic presentation. Incorporate a variety of serveware pieces, such as marble boards and glass bowls, to add depth and visual interest to your table. Shop my boards and bowls:
3. Play with Heights:
Creating varying levels on your table not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also makes your spread more accessible and engaging. Consider using two-tier stands alongside your boards to add dimension to your setup. These stands can hold an assortment of bites, fruits, and even dessert making them both functional and stylish. Shop two-tier stands:
4. Add Floral Flourishes:
Bringing in elements from nature, such as florals, planters, and candles, can tie the entire look together. As we transition into fall, consider incorporating a large pampas arrangement. I found my vase at Pottery Barn and the pampas at Crate and Barrel, creating an elegant and seasonal touch. Shop florals and vases:
5. Versatile Candle Holders:
Candles are a timeless addition to any table setting. Opt for clear candle holders that exude chic elegance and can be used year-round. Experiment with different colored candlesticks to match the theme of your event or the changing seasons. I found these stylish candle holders at Crate and Barrel in a variety of colors. Shop candle holders:
Elevating your hosting game goes beyond the food you serve—it’s about creating a memorable experience for your guests through thoughtful presentation and attention to detail. Don’t hesitate to mix and match textures, get creative with serveware options, and add those extra touches like florals and candles that tie the whole look together. With these tips in mind, your next dinner or brunch will surely be a hit!
Thank you for reading along, and I hope these ideas inspire you to create a stunning and inviting spread for your next gathering. Happy hosting!