3 ways to style up your table setting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo I mentioned recently that I’d been working on a styling project for George at Asda’s homewares range. I wanted to create an easy, pretty and affordable way to style up your table this Christmas (or any time of year really – this look could easily work for a wedding or special occasion). In fact I set myself a target budget and everything came in at under £50 in total. More importantly, I was really impressed with the quality. Here are the products I chose from the range plus three different ways to style them.

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Organising a dinner party can be daunting when it really should be fun. Cooking aside (my advice: stick to Nigella), laying the table can be one of the most enjoyable bits for me (faffing is my forte) and it can make the meal so much more special and memorable for your guests too.

As I mentioned in this post, Christmas or a special occasion is a great opportunity to spruce up your table with new dinnerware. But you don’t have to buy a whole new set. Pick out a few separate dinner and side plates and add them to your existing crockery. Look for contrasting plates and decorative trims or shaped edges. Here, I’ve chosen Darcey dinner plates and Flint side plates for a modern vintage feel. Also, take a look at your cutlery situation. If it’s looking a bit tired or depleted, consider buying a nice new set. I love the brushed satin set here, which looks more expensive than it is and this way you won’t get caught out by an extra guest.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext, think about the table itself, which can be transformed with a new cloth or even just a runner and napkins (I’ve actually used folded placemats here). A little coordinated linen creates a nice base for your table setting and helps to bring everything together.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow it’s time to think about decorations and the best bit about the idea I’ve used here is that it’s completely free! I love fresh flowers but often they can’t cost a lot at this time of year so head outside and go foraging for leaves, twigs and dried flower heads (I plundered the hydrangea bush in our garden). If you fancy getting crafty, you could even have a go at spray painting some bits with silver or gold.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can also use some of the foliage to personalise each setting. Here are three variations on a theme, depending on how you’d like to arrange things. You can also create a more child-friendly setting by replacing the foliage with a little brown paper bag containing crayons/colouring in bits to keep them entertained.table-settingFinally, add a little candlelight, which I always think brings a table to life. I love these pretty pink glasses, which are lovely to use for drinks but could also make great tea-light holders. And there you have it, just a few simple additions and you have a lovely, inexpensive table setting.wedding-table-design

Table runner £8 / 4 x Place mats (used as napkins) £6  / 16 piece Cutlery set £15 / 4 x Darcey dinner plates £8 / 4 x Flint side plates £8 / 2 x Rose water glasses £5

This post was created as part of the newly launched George at Asda Life & Style hub. There’s lots of other fab content by guest bloggers on there if you fancy a look.

Do you think you’ll have a go at styling up your table this year?

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Alice //

I can’t quite believe all these beautiful plates are from George? I love them! gorgeous styling, I have taken notes x

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