Tips to Set a Perfect Table, Every Time

Got guests coming over? When it’s too darn hot to even contemplate the microwave, here’s one thing you can do: Set a pretty table and let someone else do the cooking for you. I promise, even pizza delivery can look chic if you serve it up right! There are four basic elements you should always include for a great tablescape:

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  • Color. Bring it in with dishware, textiles or a centerpiece. Stick to two tones for a coordinated look or add more for an eclectic appeal.
  • Texture. Crinkly flower petals and nubby textiles look great against smooth, glossy plates. Go for lots of contrast!
  • Pattern. Start with one base color in two or more designs in different different interpretations. Here, we used a kelly green that pops up in the bold runner and napkins, striped glassware and frog accent place.
  • Shine. You should always have something that twinkles or glints. The no-brainer is silverware, but a big tray, a vase or napkin rings are all opportunities for shimmer.

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Set The Perfect Table, Every Time!

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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