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Renee Parsons 50th Birthday party plate

How to set the perfect table. Hint: It’s in the details

From seasonal flowers to strategic seating.

When I host, I always make sure to have flowers set on the table. I often arrange them as a table runner, or centerpiece.  It’s gives a dinner party a feeling of vibrance from the start. I typically align the flowers with the season. For winter, I love a red rose arrangement. In Spring, Peonies or Hydrangeas can be gorgeous. Summer, I like to lean a bit more tropical, with flowers like Bottlebrush Proteas. For Fall, deep purple Calla Lilies are always a stunning choice.

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I like to add color and texture to the table because it adds dimension and aesthetic intrigue. In March, I hosted a dinner party for a few friends. I chose hand-painted plates, beaded place settings, leather napkin rings and delicately embroidered napkins. To me, a table setting is like putting together an outfit. You combine colors, patterns, materials and accessories to create a cute ensemble!

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Where people sit matters, especially if you’re hosting guests who’ve never met. I always spend time before an event, strategizing the seating arrangement. Yes, it’s a strategy. I also prefer to seat couples across from each other. I think it helps conversation flow at a table. Be sure to also have place cards. Don’t be afraid to get creative! For past parties, I have engraved stones, embroidered napkins and carved wood for name cards.

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To me, hosting is all about finding ways to show your guests you care. It can be as simple as remembering a minor dietary restriction or having a guests’ favorite Pinot Noir on hand. There are so many ways to make a gathering feel special. Happy hosting!

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