Your friends are coming over for dinner, and you’re dying to impress them. Have no shame—inflicting jealousy is a normal desire for most hosts. But where to start? Crafting the perfect menu helps, but setting the mood has an even bigger impact. Have you ever tried eating a Michelin-starred meal while sitting on a plastic chair under fluorescent lights? We didn’t think so. The right lighting, beautiful tableware, and expertly arranged centerpieces are all part of the ceremonies of dining, especially when your inspiration photos were ripped straight out of a glossy magazine. Shock and awe your guests by following these tips and setting one epic table.
Guests naturally want to linger in well-lit areas. Ensure the dining room is by layering various sources of soft lighting from different angles. The room (and your guests’ faces) will glow when you dim the chandelier, light candlesticks, and place votives all around the room.
When you’re incorporating linens into your tablescape, success is found in layering. A simple tablecloth works fine on its own, but layering linens on top will add a luxe feel. Roll out a runner, use a napkin under the centerpiece, or even break out Grandma’s lace doilies for added drama.