Hosting a Dinner Party? Here are 5 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Tableware

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When it comes to entertaining, it’s no surprise that when preparing for our guests’ arrival, the conversation always revolves around me asking these three questions – What are we cooking, drinking, and ultimately, how we are presenting this to everyone?! I have, and always will be, all about the tableware. Although lately, I’ve really toned down my inner Martha Stewart; I now consider my tableware and party-planning approach to be a lot more functional. I don’t obsess over the minute details the way I used to. I just don’t have the time or headspace for that anymore.

Now that spring is officially here, it’s time for a little dishware refresh, so I sat down with the team and we pulled together 5 simple tips for elevating your entertaining game and upgrading your tableware. What specific ways do you pull everything together for a special night? I would love to hear in the comments below!

1. Mix and match // If you’re planning to host a larger-sized dinner party, don’t be afraid to mix and match tableware in order to accommodate every guest. Stick to a chosen color scheme and use florals or foliage to pull everything together. Pretty soon you’ll have a tablescape that looks perfectly imperfect! I love the thought of mixing unexpected materials. Try weaving copper plates, brass silverware, and eggshell plates into one cohesive dinnerware set. The different materials and textures unexpectedly compliment one another.

2. Get rid of chipped or unused items // Dishes can be hard to get rid of. If dishes were handed down to us by family and they hold a sentimental value of some sort. If this is the case, keep one as a memento and let go of the remaining stacks that dust is accumulating on. There is no reason to hang on to dishware you don’t ever plan on using!

3. Pick a palette // Decide what metals and colors you want your tableware to have. It also might be nice to have more than one set so you can oscillate between the two. The palette you select should feel unified and understated, as not to take away from the main attraction, the meal. Keep the color palette in mind when choosing florals, candles, topiaries, placemats, and other accents.

4. Invest in quality // Being something you use on a daily basis, tableware is an important investment and quality should be taken into consideration. Do your research before purchasing and choose tableware that will survive the wear and tear of everyday use. A few of my favorite tableware companies right now are Snowe, Unison, CB2The Foundry Home Goods and Canvas Home.

5. Host a dinner party to show it all off // Invite your friends over and showcase your refreshed tablescape next time there is a call for celebration. A thoughtful table setting will take your next gathering from ordinary to extraordinary.

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BY Kate Arends - April 6, 2018

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I definitely agree with getting rid of chipped tableware! Sometimes, though, when I don’t have enough $$$, I photoshop the chips away in pictures afterwards. Hahaha! 😛

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

April 10, 2018 1:53 pm

Great tips! I love the adventurous table settings, though I’m afraid I always pick white!

Eva |

April 10, 2018 10:10 pm

the bento plates from cb2 are pretty but they’re the woooorst to stack. I have a set and am planning on getting rid of them because I can’t find an easy way to store them! I’ve recently discovered Year & Day and they have some very pretty dinnerware and I can’t get enough of their product photos!

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May 18, 2018 12:51 pm

It is Very interesting post. I am glad to find this. Thank you very much.

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July 17, 2020 10:28 am

Thanks for pointing out how tableware is used every day and needs to be of high quality. I would hate to get a plate that ended up breaking after a couple of uses. I think tableware is one of the few times you can spend more money for something of better quality.

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