Let's be honest: You typically associate a beautiful tablescape with a special occasion, be it Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, or even a major milestone event like a baby shower or wedding. But, why wait to enjoy a meal that appeals to all of your senses? If the past year has taught us anything, it's to enjoy all of life's moments, even if it's as small as hosting friends or enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal solo.
Need proof? Keep scrolling to see 25 gorgeous tablescapes that can really work year-round.
Add a Pop of Color
If you're looking for a subtle way to embrace the rainbow, take a look at this setup from textile designer John Robshaw. Here, a blue and white tablescape is punctuated with magenta flowers, creating an evergreen balance between warm and cool tones.
Give Your Table the Tonal Treatment
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a tonal tablescape. Molly Madfis of Almost Makes Perfect covered her setup with blush placemats, linens, and glasses. Since all three elements are the same color, but made with different materials, they spark visual intrigue without upstaging the main course.
Experiment With Prints
Or, if you want to level up your tonal tablescape, incorporate some patterns. This arrangement from Amanda Lindroth makes a statement without feeling in-your-space. Bonus points if you match your dinner party's menu to your tablescape. Salad and margaritas? Yes, please.
Decorate With Dried Grass
If a bouquet of flowers isn't your thing, keep the cool vibes alive with pampas grass or dried wheat. "I think what works really well with this tablescape is its simplicity," designer Neelam Gurm shares. "The chic black and white palette, complete with fur, contrasts really well with the natural elements like wheat and wood."
Take your setup to new heights, literally, with a fun, pom-pom mobile. Giving your tablescape a floor-to-ceiling appeal will encourage your guests to look up from their plates and enjoy the view. Let this space from Studio DIY show you how it's done.
Make a Modern Monogram
Not only are place cards an elegant touch to any tablescape, but they also give you some control over the seating arrangements so you can ensure everyone's having a great time. If you want to give this timeless finishing touch a modern upgrade, Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch added the first initial of each guest.
Make a Mini Cheese Board
Love a good cheese plate? You might want to consider adding miniature charcuterie boards to each guest's place setting. It's a tasty touch that will make your visitors feel special.
“The table is the center of the home," blogger Megan Ruffles shares. "It's where we gather with friends, make family decisions, and create lifelong memories. You could say tablescaping is one of my love languages: it's how I show my love for the people around me and bring everyone joy."
You could say tablescaping is one of my love languages: it's how I show my love for the people around me and bring everyone joy.
Want to dress your dining room table up to the nines? Go big by adding all the layers, from a tablecloth to statement-making candlestick holders.
“With things opening back up, many of us are anxious to start entertaining family and friends again," designer Cheryl Luckett says. "I love a casual event made special by a well-set table. There’s just something about setting a beautiful table that makes even the most casual gathering feel really special.”
Create a Vignette
Give your tablescape an Insta-ready edge by turning your centerpiece into a well-appointed centerpiece. Kaitlin Moss of the Every Hostess looked through rose-colored glasses and decked out her space with pink candles, dried flowers, and fresh blooms.
Style for Yourself
In case you didn't get the memo, you don't have to wait for guests to create a gorgeous tablescape. While this setup from the Every Hostess was originally designed with virtual happy hours in mind, it's also suitable for a solo meal. A table runner, terrazzo cheese board, and several bud vases? Consider us sold.
Treat a Theme With Care
Yes, it's possible to have chic, themed tablescape. Just take a look at this arrangement from Elizabeth Van Lierde, author and blogger of The College Housewife. Between the woven placemats, blue and white accents, and magenta foliage, this tablescape oozes Grecian vibes without feeling over-the-top.
Follow the Rules of Repetition
For a beautiful centerpiece that looks good from every angle, create some repetition. In this display from the College Housewife, the repetition of amber bud vases and candles is like visual ASMR.
Make it Moody
This arrangement from the College Housewife is proof of how beautiful roaming to the dark side of the color wheel can be. Van Lierde packed on the drama—in the best way possible—with black plates, a dusty blue table cloth, and moody blooms.
Put Down Some Party Favors
As far as we're concerned, you're never too old for party favors. Celebrations at Home blogger Chris Nease sealed her fate as hostess with the most-ess by placing personalized jam jars on each place settings. Rounding out the look is a selection of cool tones that give this setup a year-round edge.
"The idea behind the table was to create a lovely setting without being too girly or frilly," Nease says. "The blue and purple helped to do that, and is a bit more unexpected color combo."
Incorporate Unexpected Objects
You have our permission to sprinkle some unexpected objets into your tablescape. Take a cue from blogger Kat Jamieson, who incorporated some wooden beads into this bohemian space.
Accessorize With Metallics
Want to dress your dining room table to impress? Retire the boring, silver flatware and spring for an unexpected copper set, as seen in this shot from Sugar & Charm. These forks, spoons, and knives pop nicely against the bluish gray dinnerware.
Create an Ambiance With Candles
Admittedly, candles have always been a tablescape essential. However, if you want to give this dining staple an eye-catching edge, opt for candles of varying heights. Let this setup from Monika Hibbs show you how it's done.
Mix and Match
Good news for anyone who doesn't have a proper china set: Your tablescape doesn't have to perfectly match. Simply Elegant's Nan Philip deftly juxtaposed varies prints, flower species, and wine glass colors, creating a smile-inducing setup in the process. The result? A perfect cross mix between elegant and eclectic.
Rethink Your Floral Arragnement
Want to add some flowers to your tablescape? Think outside the vase and place your blooms directly on the table. Here, Julie Blanner creates a perfectly ethereal ambiance by weaving some dainty branches between gilded candlesticks.
Weave in Some Greenery
Torn between garland and a flower-filled vase? Why not do both? Sara Toufali of Black & Blooms nails this power combo, transforming her dining room table into a lush sanctuary. Best of all, you can recreate this look year-round. Eucalyptus in spring? Pine in winter? The choice is yours.
Forgo the Tablecloth
Keep things casual by forgoing the tablecloth altogether. Instead, pile on the dinnerware. "Layers are essential at place settings," designer Bria Hammel says. "Start with a coordinating placemat or charger, layer a dinner plate, salad plate, and bowl, along with coordinating glassware."
Create a Timeless Color Combo
For a tablescape that teeters nicely between subtle and statement, take a look at this setup from Kelly Wearstler. The high-contrast color palette is simple, giving the designer license to experiment with various patterns and materials.
Add a Conversation-Starter
For a tablescape that will tug at your guests' heartstrings, keep your place settings sentimental. "I use my 2x2 Blocks of Love on my table settings as tiny token for my guests as my little personal touch," lifestyle entrepreneur Kerri Rosenthal explains. "It transforms my tables into works of art, each time different depending on the Blocks of Love I choose."
Have Fun With Fruit
Contrary to popular belief, fruit doesn't need to be restricted to the confines of your plate. This arrangement from Finding Lovely feels downright cozy, thanks to the stack of books and strategically placed pomegranates.