If you have guests over for if­tar – or want your fam­ily to feel that they’re eat­ing out – fol­low my tips for a beau­ti­ful ta­blescape.

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1 Keep it clean. Table­cloths should be one block colour – white or black work best to show­case your dishes in all their glory.

2 Don’t be afraid to break the rules. It’s tra­di­tional to lay a cloth, but in 2017, it’s OK to plate up your dishes di­rectly atop a sur­face of un­treated wood for a ta­ble that ex­udes a rus­tic, yet mod­ern charm.

3 As the em­pha­sis is on sharing and there will be plenty of pass­ing around, elim­i­nate can­dles or vases .Fora dec­o­ra­tive touch, try scat­ter­ing rose petals on the table­cloth it­self, be­fore adding metal­lic place mats for your plates and glasses.

4 Let your crock­ery do the talk­ing by tai­lor­ing your if­tar to re­flect your per­sonal taste and the cui­sine you are serv­ing. Del­i­cate ikat prints in sun­set colours add an Arabesque yet mod­ern touch, while crisp white porce­lain adds a more mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary vibe.

5 Keep it in­ter­est­ing. If plain table­ware is what you opt for, add some depth and in­ter­est us­ing a splash of colour or tex­ture. Try us­ing glass­ware with boldly coloured mo­tifs for a chic and fash­ion­able aes­thetic, or use slate, mar­ble and mono­chrome additions to el­e­vate your ta­ble from nice to very im­pres­sive. (All items pic­tured avail­able at Bloom­ing­dale’s Home Dubai.)

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