Entertain in Style: The 3 Essential Elements of a Glamorous Table Setting

Is there anything sadder than a plain white plate? Okay, sure: Hunger, poverty, cancer, to name a few. But in the entertaining world? No! It may be tempting to stay safe when you’re purchasing (or registering for) the dinnerware you plan to use every night, but I’m here to tell you that sometimes, simple is just… uninspiring. That being said, if you’ve already made the commitment, it’s easy to mix things up by making just a few little changes using my formula of adding color, texture, pattern and shine. Here’s a quick step-by-step:

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  • Step 1: White on white and clear on white. Bo-ring!
  • Step 2: Change out the accents—as in, the cutlery and salad plate—for ones with some personality. Getting there…
  • Step 3: Add funky glassware and a table linen. Awesome! And fun fact: This one is actually a sarong. Why limit yourself to a tablecloth when you can use any swatch of fabric you find?

P.S. The salad plate is from my new tableware collection. Shop it here!


When you're walking home from work on a beautiful fall evening and you think, "A delicious cappuccino would make my life complete right now." Then you realize it's 5:00 and you're too old for that shit.

You know what's awesome? When you're super-excited to meet someone and she turns out to be just as smart and sweet and chic as you hoped she'd be. That's Danai Gurira, whom you might know as Michonne on The Walking Dead! Tune into @abcthechew tomorrow to see us have some fun in the kitchen! #twd #thechew #fanboy

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