Last Friday I hosted a dinner party for 8 in our tiny apartment. Since it was a family celebration I wanted keep things casual and fun with enough special touches so it felt like an occasion. I went with a simple all-white-and-glass decor scheme that made the room appear brighter and more spacious without costing the earth. Here’re a few easy ideas I used for how to get that casually elegant balance happening at your next shindig:
• Don’t worry about matching dish sets. A mixed collection of white plates and bowls looks great on the table together if you keep the scale of each place setting roughly the same.
• There’s no need to resort to paper or plastic anything – ramekins can be soup bowls, extra cutlery can be found at the dollar store, and mason jars double as water glasses. Get creative with what you have, and trawl the charity shops for what you don’t!
• Everyone loves fresh flowers at a party. To save on blooms and create a centre piece guests can see each other over, I chose two bunches of inexpensive white daisies and arranged them in little vintage cream bottles along the centre of the table. Setting tea lights in shot glasses between the bottles adds a bit of extra sparkle and I love the overall balance between the sophisticated palate of whites, creams, fresh greens, glass and the informality of the daisies.