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.
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.
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.
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
Courtesy BORDALLO PINHEIRO, INDUS PEOPLE AND WAABI SAABI, AVAILABLE AT FOODHALL