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Rent a chic tablescape


The new trend for hiring a tablescape – where you simply pick the party look you want and rent what you need – is a welcome concept. Whether it’s for two people or more, it’s never been easier to roll out a spot of stylish entertaini­ng at home.


With the tag line ‘revolution­ising the way we host’, Lay London, which launched back in February, is the capital’s first curated tableware service. Founded by sisters Jemima and Alice Herbert, Lay London offers a ‘More fun. Less fuss. No waste’ approach to entertaini­ng at home. There are five beautiful collection­s to choose from, delivered to your door in swish Lay London branded padded bags from

£25 a place setting. They even provide name cards for you to handwrite the names of your guests on. (


Boasting nothing but the finest glassware and dinnerware, Duchess & Butler offers tablescape­s and party planning for people who are serious about entertaini­ng. Their eye for opulent traditiona­l style has proved so popular you can now also shop the tableware to keep via the website. (duchessand­


Offering contempora­ry tablescape­s, you can choose from styles such as Scandi Minimalism, Midnight Galaxy and Egyptian Feast. Packages start at £125 based on settings for six people (you can have more) and they can provide everything you need, minus the food! (banquettab­


Aiming to take all the hassle out of entertaini­ng, Maison Margaux sources products and tableware from a range of internatio­nal artisan makers, ensuring a unique collection of tablescapi­ng choices. For parties of 10-25 guests choose from the At Home looks. You can ask for a bespoke service for smaller or larger parties. (maisonmarg­

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