October 21, 2010

Cute styling ideas for your table...

I love hosting dinner parties, but one of the most fun things about it for me is decorating the table. I always try and think of a colour theme and use existing vases, tea light holders from around the house to decorate, and make sure I have some fresh flowers in.  Our table is however quite small and I'm looking forward to getting a bigger one so I can make more of a statement!

I go back to this book time and time again, My bestie Rosie had it when I went to visit her in Australia and I knew when I got home I had to get one for myself too...

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  The best thing about this book is the styling ideas - not just centre pieces but also how to actually style the food. I've already done this antipasto plate (below) as a starter - its so easy and looks great.

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Old wine glasses of different heights and shapes make great vases. Group them together for a low tiered centre piece.

For a more formal meal make a places setting for each person using wooden pegs...

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After a BBQ or with seafood serve a finger bowl with a slice of lemon.

Egg cups make great vases for single blooms, group them together on a plate with a daisy or rose in each one, or put an egg cup in front of every place setting.

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Instead of cooking dessert, have some fun and serve DIY mocha. Give everyone a shot of espresso, a bowl of dark chocolate shavings, a cup of steamed milk and a spoon to they can add just the right amounts for their taste.

Give plain water a lift by delicately flavouring it - Place slices of green apple, mint leaves, or raspberries an hour before your guests are due to arrive so it will have just a hint of flavour.

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I hope I have given you some inspiring ideas.

Rachie xo

2 lovely comments:

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

You sure have! Isn't donna hay brilliant? She writes a food feature in Livingetc every month, which I always look forward to reading.


Adam & Rosie said...

Wooo hoooo I got a mention - I feel very special now!!! We love Donna Hay too - she is guest judge on Masterchef out here & I always love to see how she critiques the contestants' plating up! xxx