We gave four experts a single plate and a challenge: to create a pretty, pulled-together table for party season. Let their ideas inspire you.
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Natural elements and layers of texture elevate a neutral color scheme, while warm wooden accents prevent it from seeming stark. If you choose to add in color, keep it simple with just one shade (like aqua or yellow). Create a centerpiece of artfully arranged woodland accents, such as pinecones, faux antlers, and feathers, and finish off each setting with a mini wreath and place card.
“A white plate provides the perfect canvas for a neutral, Scandinavian-inspired table.”
—Camille Styles, founder of camillestyles.com
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Combine burlap, raw wood, and terra-cotta accessories with jewel-toned glassware, cutlery, and linens to create an enchanting garden-inspired tablescape. These items don’t all have to match—an eclectic assortment enhances the relaxed, boho feel. Go wild with a runner of greenery and autumnal blooms, using the leftovers to make flower crowns and boutonnieres for your guests.
A color scheme of peach, pink, and soft green is a break from traditional holiday colors. Ground your design with a few more saturated items, like a piece of burnt orange pottery and a patterned napkin. Incorporate classic elements with a twist: A whitewashed charger and dip-dyed flatware make the arrangement feel more contemporary. Fairy-tale pumpkins (find them at your local grocery or nursery) make a charming centerpiece; add dusty green eucalyptus and in-season fruits to complete the look.
“Your pastel dishes become unexpectedly seasonal when combined with fall fruit and greenery.”
—Roxy Te, founder of Society Social
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Enhance a simple blue-and-white color scheme with metallic touches, like gilded flatware and gold-rimmed chargers. To keep traditional dinnerware from feeling ultra formal, pair it with more casual items, like fringed napkins and clean-lined, modern glasses. Skip napkin rings and place cards altogether and instead blanket the table with soft candlelight and milky white blooms (choose anemones with a dark center for drama and contrast).