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Table Setting Trends and Tips


Whether you are looking to host an elegant dinner with timeless trimmings, or you just want a pop of color for a casual cocktail lunch, the design options are endless. Joe Jumper, owner of The Clay Pot in Riverview, provides a dose of inspiration for entertaining in style.


Photography by Emily Long

Menu cards designed by Emily Johnson, Tickled Ink Invitation and Paperie Studio

Linens provided by The White Table Chattanooga

Tables and chivari chairs provided by Luma Designs

Classic Green and White

To create a distinct look, start with a crisp white linen tablecloth at a square table. Chivari chairs add a touch of elegance, and white dinnerware paired with green linen napkins maintains a simple color palette. A white footed urn filled with magnolia and eleagnus is a stylish and sophisticated addition. Menu cards are the perfect place to express a little personality and provide a personal touch, while clear stemware rounds out the look.

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Gather Around the Table!

Southern style is front and center with this look, which is ideal for a lawn dinner. A farm table paired with a fabric wicker bench offers plenty of seating, while matching wicker chargers tie the spread together. White dinnerware is a classic option here, and potted plants provide an added level of ease. Plants and flowers – including begonias, salvia, and greenery in a variety of colors – create a growing runner down the table.

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Citrus Fun

A burnt orange linen lays the foundation for fun in this bright tablescape. Complementary blues can be found in the pottery dinnerware, and gray linen napkins provide additional contrast. Flipping the script on traditional place cards, peat pots are filled with moss and have guests’ names written on the side. To pull all the colors together, three white glazed vases are overflowing with green hydrangeas, orange roses, bachelor buttons, snap dragons, tulips, hosta leaves, and ranunculus.

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A Table for Two

This simple, yet delightful look has it all. An assortment of clear bottles and jugs is outfitted with fern cuttings, while bachelor buttons supply the tiniest pop of color. A farm table is placed next to a large tree to create a cozy atmosphere, and paprika-painted ladder back chairs invite guests in. Classic white dinnerware with taupe linen napkins rounds out the setting, giving balance and refinement to the tablescape.

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