We love entertaining. And one of our favourite parts about hosting is the fun we have setting the table for our guests. A special occasion, such as a wedding rehearsal dinner, provides a welcome excuse to go that extra mile. From personalized touches to dramatic DIY accents, an event like this is the perfect time to pull out all the stops. Follow our lead to add some flair to your next formal dinner party.
Above: table and chairs, Elte; wallpaper, Graham and Brown; chargers, Benix & Co.; plaid plates, Ralph Lauren; green bowls, The Bay; navy goblets and wine glasses, The Bombay Company.
- Draw your inspiration from the big day itself. Match the colour scheme to that of the wedding. If the bridesmaids are wearing navy, dress your table accordingly.
- Give a simple white tablecloth an impressive edge with a runner. You can even use a roll of wallpaper as we did.
- We have said many times that if you don't have enough place settings, simply go to the dollar store and pick up white plates. But for a special occasion like a rehearsal dinner, it's worth renting a punchy accent plate per person to add some pizzazz to the tablescape.
- Rent coordinating coloured goblets as well to swtich things up from your ordinary crystal.
- Add some sparkle to your table with shiny accents. Use pieces you already have around the house to keep things simple. These gold candelabras add great height to our table. We continued the gold into the place settings with inexpensive plastic chargers that we picked up for a mere $2.50 a piece.
- Give ordinary bottled water a lift with personalized labels. We used the wallpaper pattern as our jumping-off point then simply added the soon-to-be-newlyweds initial and wedding date to the tag.
- Ensure that this night is one your guests will never forget by giving them a keepsake to take home. Fill a USB stick with music and recipes from the evening . An 1-GB USB key can run you as little as $5 and will hold up to 250 songs! To dress it up, simply tie a ribbon to the end.
- But don't stop there: Spoil guests with a grown-up loot bag. Cover cardboard gift boxes with scrapbooking paper in your chosen colour scheme and wrap them with inexpensive ribbon and a name tag. Fill each box with items that will help the wedding participants get through the big day (e.g. laundry stick, breath freshener, sewing kit, body spray, tissues etc.).
This edition of Ask S&C was inspired by one of our viewers, Gillian, who wrote in looking for ideas for her niece's rehearsal dinner, which she's hosting.
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