No, not you, your ta­ble – with help from pro­fes­sion­als.

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

Set­ting the ta­ble for din­ner is a rou­tine we are all fa­mil­iar with. How­ever, set­ting the ta­ble for guests and spe­cial oc­ca­sions re­quires a dif­fer­ent level of cre­ativ­ity. It calls for ta­blescap­ing. Not fa­mil­iar with the term? Put sim­ply, ta­blescap­ing is the art of dress­ing your ta­ble for a din­ner party or spe­cial oc­ca­sion – in the same way you might put to­gether an out­fit for a night out. Start­ing with the table­cloth, you colour-co­or­di­nate and theme your way up to the nap­kins, plates, bowls, salt and pep­per shak­ers and can­dles, fin­ish­ing off with a vase of flow­ers or a bowl of fresh sea­sonal fruit.

The main dif­fer­ence be­tween a laid ta­ble and a ta­blescape is the ex­pe­ri­ence. The lat­ter must be a vis­ually elab­o­rate, In­sta­gram-wor­thy, beau­ti­fully styled spread. It is for those who want to en­ter­tain more gor­geously at home by el­e­vat­ing the hum­ble table­top to a thing of beauty.

But what if you don’t know where to start? Or sim­ply don’t have the time?

Be­spoke table­ware com­pa­nies such as Mai­son Mar­gaux, Dress For Din­ner and lifestyle writer and in­flu­encer Alice Nay­lor-Ley­land have been bring­ing the glam­our of din­ing out to your doorstep in the UK for many years, and all de­liver to Ire­land too. But now an Ir­ish com­pany, Sig­na­ture Rentals, has fol­lowed suit. .

So how does it work? You se­lect a din­ing ta­ble look, pick your date and party size (min­i­mum or­ders av­er­age at four place set­tings), then

the table­ware is de­liv­ered to your door. You can also opt for the ‘lay-up’ ser­vice, where com­pa­nies can style the ta­ble for you. Then, once the party is over, the table­ware is col­lected. Easy.

With peo­ple en­ter­tain­ing at home more than ever due to pubs and some venues be­ing closed, Maria Reidy’s Sig­na­ture Rentals has come at just the right time.

‘Many wed­ding & events have been post­poned to 2021,, so pri­vate en­ter­tain­ing is big right now,’ says Maria. This sum­mer, there’s a few key ta­ble trends that are set­ting a very stylish tone, she ex­plains, in­clud­ing bright glass­ware and can­dles, and printed linen.

‘The com­bi­na­tion of eclec­tic glass­ware against crisp linen is gor­geous. And think ‘lay­ered’ light bold coloured ta­pered din­ner can­dles in del­i­cate can­dle­hold­ers, in dif­fer­ing heights along­side tealights. As the sun goes down it can add a gor­geous glow to your ta­ble set­ting.

‘And while white crisp table­cloths are time­less, a din­ing ta­ble can be trans­formed with a bold pat­terned linen. Botan­i­cal prints are par­tic­u­larly good for out­side gath­er­ings,’ she sug­gests.

See sig­na­tur­erentals.ie for book­ings.

Maria Reidy of Sig­na­ture Rentals with one of her fab­u­lous ta­blescapes

Beau­ti­ful blush: coloured can­dles are a big trend this sum­mer

Treat Your­self ta­blescape for four to keep, €153 (ex­clud­ing cut­lery, table­cloth and flow­ers), dress­fordinner.co.uk

Raise your glass: coloured glass­ware at Sig­na­ture Rentals

…and Nancy ta­blescape to keep, €400 for four, both al­i­ce­nay­lor­ley­land.com

Ser­ena ta­blescape to keep, €375 for four (ex­clud­ing cut­lery and table­cloth)…

Clas­sic Pink ta­blescape, €50 per per­son to rent (ex­clud­ing flow­ers and table­cloths), maison­mar­gauxltd.com

Base in­stinct: don’t be afraid to steer from white table­cloths

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