|Whimsical Dinner Party|
I have always had a thing for a beautifully laid out dinner table. When I invite people around for lunch or dinner, I go to a lot of effort thinking of a theme and plotting colour schemes, floral arrangements and place cards. When I was 25, I won a minor prize of gift vouchers for the local shopping centre and I spent every cent of it on a dizzying array of various dinner plates, napkins, servingware, candles and placemats. Now that I think back to it, I guess that most 25 year olds would have bought clothes with the money! It was my first foray into decorating and I have not been able to uncurl my fingers from the colour wheel ever since.
Decorating a table is a great introduction to decorating a room. It's on a much smaller scale and it's less expensive, but the same design rules still apply. First decide what style you want to achieve. I have created a mood board for a what I call a whimsical scheme (think outdoor luncheon or perhaps an engagement party) and a classic scheme. Choose a feature colour and use it as a focal point on the table. Think about layering your table and balancing the objects. For example, if you have large high backed dinning chairs, use a large centrepiece to balance the table. Remember to keep items low to allow conversation around the table. I'm not a great cook (I have a few old favourite recipes), but with a beautifully laid table, great company and a nice bottle of wine, we have some great nights at our house.