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:

  • White Plate Makeover
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  • White Plate Makeover 3
  • 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!


#fbf to 1994 (ish) with my buds, @richardwiese and @wendirogerstv Bought that sport coat on sale for about 20 bucks because that’s all I had in the bank. Was 10% wool and 90% “other.” Got caught in the rain with it and smelled like wet dog ass all night.

Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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