The art of tablescaping is more than a traditional centrepiece, yet an expression or theme of the dinner. It creates a mood and conversation as well as elevating the dinner soiree from basic to wow. Dressing a table combines creativity with being meticulous. There are no rules when tablescaping. The more fun and versatile the better, from mixing and matching chinaware sets to placemats and napkin rings. Choosing between colours, textures and patterns will make things stand out and create a memorable party for everyone. We interview our partner Sabrina Monte-Carlo for expert advice on how to set an impeccable dinner table.
Top Ten Tips & Tricks:
- Choose a theme and get creative with it. For example, it can be a colour, country (Capri theme, think of lemons!) or elements to do with nature. The choice is yours!
- When looking to buy new chinaware, think of ways it can match your old sets. Therefore, at each dinner party, you can create new colourways and make your plates look new each time.
- When tablescaping for a yacht versus a villa, think of the stability. When on a yacht it is essential to use heavy crystal glassware to avoid any breakage. As well as acrylic ware for outdoor entertaining.
- Sabrina recommends starting with one table setting for breakfast, one for everyday use (lunch or casual dinners) and a formal dinnerware set.
- The china you choose to use should always be appropriate with the meal you serve. Dinner plates should be simple to not clash with the food. Look for white plates with subtle patterns or hints of colours. The decorative plates can be used for buffet, bread or dessert plates.
- Playing with water glasses can bring fun and colour to the table, however wine glasses should always remain clear.
- Fresh flowers always elevate the dinner table. Display the flowers with various size vases in different heights to create volume and depth to the table. Be sure that the vases are not too high so people can easily converse with each other!
- The use of fruit and vegetables have also become trendy to ornate the table as a charming centrepiece. During the summer period, it is a refreshing idea to mix flowers and citrus fruits along with the table. Or during the autumn period, mini pumpkins and vegetables.
- Use small figurines to go with the theme of your parties such as Lalique fishes and flowers or Baccarat butterflies. These small details will give character to your table.
- Add a personalised touch to the table by having a seating arrangement with name tags for each of your guest or a personalised gift on top of each plate according to the occasion.
Sabrina Monte-Carlo is a pinnacle for interior design and is known for its savoir-faire. Imperial has worked hand-in-hand with Sabrina for many years as a trusted partner across many projects. With showrooms in Monaco and Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, Sabrina has a curated selection of high-end furniture as well as custom textiles from Hermés and Loro Piana. In addition, tableware and accessories by the most exquisite brands, such as Baccarat, Lalique and Christofle to name a few. With Sabrina’s meticulous eye for styling and design, she finds inspiration from the vibrant lifestyle and colour palette of the Mediterranean.
Sabrina Monte-Carlo Arts de la Table ● 42 Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco ● T +377 97 70 44 97
Lalique Monte-Carlo ● 42 Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco ● T +377 93 25 20 20
Sabrina Monte-Carlo Home & Yachts Interiors ● 39 Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco ● T +377 97 97 57 60
Sabrina Monte-Carlo "Atelier" ● 39 Avenue Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco ● T+377 9797 57 60
Sabrina Monte-Carlo "Kids" ● 4 Boulevard des Moulins, 98000 Monaco ● T +377 99 90 57 67
Sabrina Cap-Ferrat ● Port de Plaisance, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat ● T +33 (0)4 93 55 53 81