However pleasing a calming, low-key space can be, you may wish to make it more lively and celebratory for a party. Be simple at the same time as being creative and add elegance and a sense of occasion to the room without destroying its peaceful mood. Compose the table as an artist might an abstract painting – your paints are the cloths, napkins, glasses and ceramics and, of course, the food itself.
“Create a table setting that is stimulating and adds to the air of enjoyment and anticipation. Here, four soups have been elegantly arranged in lines on strips of pale linen – each with a different fresh herb leaf. The wonderful rich colours of the soups are reflected in the poppy flowers. Allow the shapes and colours of the food to set the style.” Tricia Guild
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