Learn how to create an idyllic dining room table setting with a little help from Laura-Ann... read more
Are you one of those people that just love to entertain and fill your house with laughter and fun? The lovely Laura-Ann from All That’s PrettyÂ welcomes us into her home for a little bit of inspiration. Showing us how she likes toÂ style her dining table when it comes to entertaining her friends and family.
One of my favourite things to do is set the dining table. Guilty pleasure not so much but it gives me great pleasure and satisfaction when I’m having friends round. I’m an estate agent part time and so I get to see around lots ofÂ different people’s homes regularly (when I’m not on maternity leave).
There are a lot of similar Victorian houses in our area and it has come to my attention that some people don’t have a dining room. Instead, they use what would have been the dining room as a second reception room or play room for the kids. I know I might have that comment thrown back in my face someday when I can no longer tolerate standing on lego several times a day (it’s fast approaching). However, until that day comes I’ll keep my dining room as it is.
I just love having a formal dining room even though it’s not used as much as I would like. Apart from peoples preference to use the second reception as a play room. I also think people don’t really have dinner parties as much? It seems the culture is to eat out now rather than invite friends round.
With young children, we continue to invite friends round for a dinner party to avoid babysitter quests. More importantly, the dining room needs to keep being used otherwise the inevitable will happen! I like to mix my dining setting up every time to keep it interesting and also to photograph for Instagram. Those of you who already follow me will know I just can’t help myself.
On this occasion, I went for a bright floral theme with golds and blues. For a table cloth, I ordered 3 meters of duck egg gingham fabric and it fits our 8 seaterÂ table perfectly. I then added some of the beautiful seaspray fabric placemats, which sat nicely on top.
I have a collection of vintage plates that I got from a local antique shop and some gold cutlery which was a wedding present. Naturally, they were next on the table and were a nice contrast against the duck egg and blue hues. I went for these beautifully etched glass effect wine Josette glasses, which went well with the other vintage items.
To match my gold cutlery I went for their gold effect butterfly salt pig and gold little bird butter dish. I have a mixture of centre pieces I love to use and change about. Candelabras are my go to for the centre pieces. This time I decided to go for a vase of fresh flowers and this eloquent brass and mirror oval tray which had a vintage feel to it.
Â I added more vintage glass vases in different parts of the table along side some glass birdÂ tea light holders. This made the centre piece more inclusive of the floral summer theme.Â I just love the feeling of welcoming guests round to a beautifully set dining table and I hope you like mine.
Do you have any tips on setting your table? What’s your favourite centrepiece? Let us know below or @LauraAshleyUK