Setting the Table with Interior Designer Francesca Grace

Setting the Table with Interior Designer Francesca Grace

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Discover the art of crafting an exquisite tablescape with Los Angeles-based interior designer, Francesca Grace. Whether you're hosting a fancy shindig or a laid-back hangout, your tablescape will set the stage for an unforgettable evening. Following these easy tips will have your guests asking, "where’s Martha Stewart?”


Run, don't walk

Finding the perfect table runner can be a bit of a challenge. But this little gem is the foundation for a jaw-dropping table design.  Runners add texture and make outdoor dining spaces feel a bit cozier. A neutral, versatile, design is always a good place to start if you’re not super confident in your styling abilities.

Gingham Table Cloth from Target​​


Dish it up

Presentation is everything and plates are the canvas for your delicious meal, but that doesn’t mean they have to be white. Experiment with different plate sizes, shapes, and colors to create visual interest and add a pop of personality to your table setting and your food. Layering different plates can bring depth and dimension to each place setting.


Don’t fall flat

A necessity for a dinner party, but one that doesn't have to be ordinary. Fun textures or colors, like the gold flatware used by Francesca, add a little something extra! Sprinkle some magic onto your table by incorporating fun flatware. It's the secret ingredient that takes your table setting from average to extraordinary.


Rose-tinted glasses

Elevate your table setting with colored glasses that complement your color palette. Beautiful colored stemware can add height and beautiful dimension, creating a more visually appealing design. Consider mixing and matching different glass colors to create a unique and eclectic look.


Tie it together

They're not just for wiping your lips; they're an opportunity to show off your impeccable taste. Fold those babies neatly and place them beside the plate or get creative with napkin rings and folded designs. Choose napkins that complement your theme or go for classic neutral tones.


Flower power

A table without flowers is like a party without drinks - you need to have a lot of both. Play around and have fun, you can do no wrong with florals on a dinner table. Consider a simple floral arrangement as a centerpiece or individual blooms in small vases scattered along the table.


Bright Idea

Candles are the finishing touch and the secret to creating a warm and inviting ambiance, plus they keep the party going. Here are a few of our favorites:

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These are great tips! I will use these for my next dinner party. Thanks, Yardbird!

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