It is worth going the extra mile in order to put a smile on the faces of family and guests as you all sit to enjoy a meal together
As soon as the monsoon showers hit our shores there is a massive instinctive increase in the consumption of hot pakoras and extra double boiled tea. Comforting, reassuring and our indulgence that sets the tone for the rainy season. It’s not all about the snuggly times curled up on your sofa and being casual.
While it is nice to enjoy the rain from a clean and dry home we still entertain and invite our friends and family to battle through the wet for formal and informal get together events. So how do we make it worth the battle? And up the glamour quotient at home, making it interesting and fun for your guests? Go the extra mile to put a smile on their face as you all sit to enjoy a meal together.
You can do this easily by setting your table in interesting and unique ways. Here are some tips to decorate your table this monsoon.
Take your inspiration from the rich tones of the leaves and flowers that have been washed by the rains.
The beautiful moss that gently creeps up on the walls as the months go by. Use leaves on your table setting or in the print of the crockery or place a simple leaf on the side plate.
Base your table setting around a strong scent. Eucalyptus springs and rosemary are very easy to find and adds a great warm comforting note to a space. Fruits with a strong aroma such as lemons or simple coffee beans in small votives can be dotted around your table.
Prints and patterns
If you have plain minimalistic crockery sets, you can add prints and patterns with different accessories. Table mats, napkins, votive candles can be great elements. You can stick a single print with variations in repeat and size, or go wild and play with kitsch by layering different patterns that go harmoniously together.
Lots of candles, preferably scented candles and fairy lights always do the trick. For an instant high impact ambiance set your table with lots of candles. You will tick a few boxes with this tip, you have scent, colour and drama all in one. Reduce the overhead light and play with table lights, fairy lights and candles.
With an endless variety to choose from things can get confusing. Pick a single element which could be print, a colour or a texture and then build your table setting around that element. A floral printed table cloth can be paired with a simple monotone napkin and a textured napkin ring. The crockery and flatware can be simple with coloured water glasses to echo the print of the table linen.
Multipurpose bowls and platters, jars and jugs can add a sense of playfulness to your monsoon table setting. Be clever in how to reinvent these. For example, you could use a champagne chiller for flowers, a charger plate can be used to serve snacks and margarita glasses can be your dessert bowls.
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