An­niver­sary Spe­cial

Want to set an ideal ta­ble for fam­ily and friends? Ami Kothari from Din­ing Cou­ture shares a step-by-step guide to set­ting up a tra­di­tional din­ing ta­ble at the Good Earth store.

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When we think of fes­ti­vals and cel­e­bra­tions we usu­ally vi­su­alise lots of colour. How­ever for this look, in­spired by sym­bol­ism from our cul­ture, we de­cided to break away from colours and fo­cus on white and gold. The set-up is el­e­gant and royal with a sub­tle fes­tive hint. We wanted to keep it simple with a few state­ment-mak­ing ad­di­tions, to al­low it to be a ver­sa­tile look for any oc­ca­sion.

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A large num­ber of sweet-smelling white flow­ers have been used in crys­tal fin­ished vases placed on brass can­dle stands and plat­ters to add a touch of tra­di­tion. In­tri­cate glass diyas create a beau­ti­ful play of shadow that fil­ter the gleam­ing tea lights. The re­flec­tion of

mo­gras on the ta­ble top mir­ror added beauty and fra­grance. Tra­di­tional kansa din­ner plates are per­fect for serv­ing an In­dian meal. These are placed on an off white run­ner. Since we were try­ing to keep a soft colour palette, blue nap­kins wrapped with chikankari doilies have been used. Colour has been brought in through the nap­kin rings and the glass.

STYLING SE­CRETS

Start by ze­ro­ing in on a theme and oc­ca­sion, then plan the look keep­ing these in mind. I rec­om­mend hav­ing a com­mon story to tie the en­tire look to­gether. Se­lect­ing a colour palette for your ta­ble will make it simpler to build the look. To in­ject life and love into a din­ing ta­ble use fresh flow­ers, they also make beau­ti­ful cen­tre­pieces. It is es­sen­tial to give the el­e­ments on the ta­ble dif­fer­ent lev­els, else the beauty of the ob­jects get lost. Nap­kins are an­other great way to add colour. Lastly, once the ta­ble is set, take a walk around it to check if it looks fin­ished from all an­gles and sides.

QUICK FIX

It is al­ways nice to add some fresh­ness to the ta­ble. Here (right) apples make the cen­tre­piece. The green apples on the wooden plank com­ple­ment the plates beau­ti­fully while the red apples used on the plates add some colour on the oth­er­wise green place set­ting.

Ami Kothari is the founder of Din­ing Cou­ture. She holds ta­ble styling work­shops and ses­sions across the coun­try. She also styles ta­bles for spe­cial events. www.din­ing­cou­ture.com

Pho­to­graph by RAJWANT RAWAT; Lo­ca­tion NI­VASA CON­TEM­PO­RARY; Art by BAHAAR DHAWAN ROHATGI

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