Dine With Design: Italian

There are a couple of elements that I think are absolutely necessary on any table. One is candle lighting, and the other is some sort of natural element (sticks, plants, flowers or even vegetables). I think the natural element and the fire component combined bring both life and movement to the setting, and the candle lighting also adds an extra level of ambiance. Besides, let’s face it, we all look better in candle lighting.

This tablescape is inspired by Italian food, specifically this Creamy Shrimp Piccata. The setting is formal enough for any dish you wish to serve but is also fresh and not too stuffy.

Italian Tablescape

  1. This navy linen table cloth from Crate&Barrel serves as the base for the entire setting.
  2. A textured yellow burlap runner from Wayfair running down the center of the table adds a bright pop of color against the blue base.
  3. Unique dinnerware, like these plates by Capolavori, are a great way to include more intricate patterns into your tablescape.
  4. These blue and white gingham napkins from Wayfair give a more casual overall feel and are reminiscent of a picnic in Tuscany.
  5. Italy is synonymous with wine, and what better way to serve your guests than in these elegant crystal wine glasses from Wayfair.
  6. Adding a simple sunflower floral arrangement to each end of the table will create a wonderful smell and overall atmosphere.
  7. This life-like olive branch water garden makes a dramatic centerpiece. It is made by NDI, a company sold solely through the trade, and looks so real you will want to touch it just to make sure it’s not. The best part is that you can use it somewhere else in the house when the party is done or re-use it for future get-togethers.
  8. Place one of these woven wood candle holders on each side of the table, between the centerpiece and sunflower arrangements. Add in one of our favorite Moving Flame Candles, and you get the perfect ambient glow, with no waxy cleanup afterward.
  9. For an added personal touch, these custom placement cards made by Creationery on Etsy are a great way to finish off this tablescape. The olive branch motif on these plays well off of the centerpiece as well.

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