Whether it's an average weeknight dinner or a festive holiday feast, you're going to need to set your table, so make sure it's as chic as it could possibly be. You could go out and buy new themed linens and dinnerware, or just use some of these creative tips to make your old stuff look fresh. No matter what the occasion is, you'll find a tablescape on this list.
Pretty up a spontaneous get-together with color, pattern, and crazy cool texture. Family dinners never looked so cool.
Pick rich gemstone hues to balance out geometric elements. Graphic black-and-white stripes are grounding against the bright colors.
Try patterned tablecloths, palm leaves as placemats, and rattan chargers for layers of texture and color.
Bring in the outdoors by pairingwith fresh bouquets. It looks even more earthy against a wood table.
This room's Moroccan-style wallpaper inspired the patterned plates and textiles.
Add gilded pineapples and palm baubles on your table and you can practically feel the island breeze.
Swap kitchen chairs for colorful stools to give a dining space a cool, industrial vibe.
This spring party is simultaneously casual and elegant. Showcase vintage bottles as bud vases and up the relaxed vibe by skipping napkin rings and stemmed wine glasses.
A red, white, and blue color scheme doesn't feel too kitschy set against a bold wallpaper in an opposing color.
If you're dressing up for the occasion, don't forget to deck out the table the same way. Pull out all the stops: stemmed glassware, elaborate centerpieces, and obvi, your fancy china.
Branch candlesticks, plants, and nature-inspired china, napkins and placemats bring a table to life.
Before splurging on contemporary place settings, look online (and in thrift shops) for unique sets of antique china and silver flatware.
Novice florists can nail a bouquet by choosing monochromatic blooms and a matching vase.
Writing your own place cards is a super quick and easy way to make your formal table feel inviting.
Go ahead and play up height, but keep anything tall thin so nobody's view is blocked.
Pack a visual punch without looking like a box of crayons threw up on your table. We've got all the inspo you need right here.
This whimsical tablescape is colorful enough to wake everyone up for Sunday brunch.
Rattan chargers and clear blue goblets add some contrast to this bold red table setting.
Here's how to set a table Elle Woods would die over.
This orange table is made for fall. To change it up, skip a multicolor bouquet and use single blossoms in several vases of different heights.
All pink everything can feel a little too Pepto Bismal-esque, so choose patterned napkins and a tablecloth to add some dimension.
Hostessing is hard enough — cut out complicated serving rituals and have guests help themselves to whatever's on the menu.
Just when you thought a buffet could never be chic.
Nothing beats the simplicity of a help-yourself set-up.Stack cloth napkins and fill a caddy with silverware. Use white serving platters for an easy yet cohesive look.
When the weather's right, alfresco dining beats the stuffy indoors any day. Get inspired by these sunlit spaces.
Woven placemats, blue-and-white dinnerware, and softly-lit bulbs overhead add to the dreaminess of this outdoor table setting.
Logs from fallen trees form the chair backs for an outdoor brunch. It's maybe the most Insta-perfect picnic we've ever seen.
The terrace at this Bahamian home is a favorite spot for dining with family and friends. The table is geared toward island life, with tropical plants, shells, and lots of blue and white.