The Art of Dressing a Perfect Table: A How to Guide
Setting a beautiful table is an art form that we can all create at home and can elevate any occasion, be it an intimate dinner party or a grand celebration. With Summerill & Bishop's exquisite and artisanal collection of luxury tableware, you can create an unforgettable dining experience. In this guide, we explore various occasions and provide step-by-step instructions on how to style a perfect table using stunning tableware from Summerill & Bishop.
An Elegant Dinner Party
Selecting a theme
Choose a theme that suits the occasion, such as a formal black-tie affair or a romantic candlelit dinner.Consider the season, personal preferences, and the atmosphere you want to create.
Choosing the Tablecloth
Summerill & Bishop offers a range of tablecloths in luxurious linen and elegant designs ranging from cool and contemporary to timeless and sophisticated. Opt for a neutral-coloured tablecloth to create a timeless and sophisticated look. Experiment with textures and patterns for a more unique and artistic touch.
Selecting the Dinnerware
Summerill & Bishop's collection includes exquisite dinner plates, pasta bowls salad bowls, side plates and dessert plates. Consider the colour palette of your table setting and choose complementary or contrasting hues. Mix and match different patterns and textures for added visual interest.
Summerill & Bishop offers a stunning selection of glassware, including wine glasses, champagne flutes, and tumblers. Opt for crystal-clear glasses to showcase the colour and effervescence of your chosen beverages. Ensure you have enough glassware for each course, including water glasses and additional specialty glasses if necessary.
Layering with Linens
Summerill & Bishop's linen napkins add a touch of elegance and refinement to your table setting. Fold the napkins creatively or use napkin rings to add a personalised touch. Consider using placemats to add texture and visual interest.
Enhancing the Ambiance
Illuminate the table with candles or candlesticks from Summerill & Bishop's collection. Place votive candles in glass holders or use elegant glass candelabras for a dramatic effect. Adjust the lighting to create a warm and intimate atmosphere.
A Casual Brunch
Embracing a Relaxed Vibe
Choose a bright and airy colour palette to reflect the daytime ambiance.
Setting the Table
Use Summerill & Bishop's charming plates and bowls in vibrant patterns.Mix and match colourful and patterned dinnerware to create a playful and eclectic look. Consider using colourful glassware for a casual touch.
Use fresh flowers or potted plants as centrepieces, placed in Summerill & Bishop's decorative vases.Incorporate natural elements like branches or small fruits for a whimsical touch. Utilise Summerill & Bishop's decorative ceramic bowls to hold fruit or small snacks.
Adding Fun Elements
Include cheerful and patterned linens like Summerill & Bishop's tea towels or napkins. Use colourful coasters or place cards to add individuality and charm. Consider using mismatched vintage cutlery for a quirky and relaxed feel.
An Outdoor Lunch
Consider comfort first
The world slows down when you set a beautiful table, whether it’s simply done or a maximalist masterpiece for the senses. It’s a wonderful way of expressing ourselves and tapping into our creative side. Laying the table is an easy art form and it’s a landscape for families to reconnect with each other. You’ve brought people together for a reason, everything about the occasion is for you and them to enjoy, together. No matter how beautiful the table is though, if your guests aren’t sitting comfortably, you’re not going to achieve their full attention. Always use seat pads with ample cushioning and have blankets to hand as night falls, so that you and your guests can sit and talk for hours.
Where are you going to place the table?
Just as you consider how you lay the table, placement of the table itself, is equally as crucial. Does gravel or grass cover your chosen spot? If the former, we would suggest laying down a rug or two. The idea is to create a setting where your guests will feel comfortable and content – a setting where they’ll feel encouraged to kick off their shoes, feel more relaxed and want to sit and talk together for hours. Sitting at the end of the garden and looking back at the house, arguably is the best spot.
Find a tree
Place your table beneath a favourite tree in the garden for a readymade, pretty leafy canopy. Watch the shadows dance across the table as the sun moves across the sky – they create the most beautiful effect and movement on an otherwise motionless table, perfect for languorous dining. A tree is perfect for hanging lights too, picture the gentle twinkling as dusk takes hold.
Choose a beautiful tablecloth
The tablecloth is a must-have for any table, inside or out. It’s the canvas to the conversation. It’s such a simple thing, to unfurl the linen over your table but its effect is substantial – your guests will appreciate the effort. To combat gusts of wind too, invest in tablecloth weights.
Use your favourite tableware, don’t hold back.
There’s a preconceived notion that outdoor dining is instantly less formal, but it can be as special and as elevated as you like. Every meal with your family and friends should be an occasion so choose your favourite, most cherished pieces if that’s what you really want to do.
Every table needs flowers
Whilst a beautiful tablecloth and linens set the tone for entire table, flowers bring the scene to life. Perhaps you prefer a statement centrepiece that’s bursting with blooms, or a series of smaller bud vases scattered happily down the middle of the table. That way, your view of the person opposite and vice versa, isn’t obscured.
Have fresh herbs to hand
As with flowers, fresh herbs placed last minute on the table, will create a layered, multi-sensory experience for your guests. Consider the cuisine you are serving and choose complementing herbs so that the table comes to live via sight and scent.
Souviens toi de vivre.
The table should be beautiful but it’s not necessarily about a big, stylised event, it’s about the moment. The table is about coming together and connection, its where life and all its big decisions and conversations happen. Put a playlist on, we prefer classical, and remember to enjoy it and to live every nuance of the occasion.
Put simply, to dress a perfect table, begin with quality linen as your foundation. Coordinate dinnerware and glassware with complementary colours and patterns. Enhance the atmosphere with the warm glow of candles and add a beautiful floral centrepiece. Prioritise guest comfort and savour every moment of joyous dining.