Home : Ten Extra Cute Ways To Set Your Table

Last night, while Nikki was on camera here doing the first JustB Spreecast,  I was out having dinner with friends. It was very casual and lovely and delicious. We ordered in and and ate really GOOD Indian home delivery at her kitchen counter.  As we ate, our hostess brought out linen napkins for us to wipe our mitts and faces on. I thought that was a cute touch, nicely at odds with the plastic containers our dinner came in!

It got me thinking about napkins and candle and cutlery and things.  It made me think a lot about how nice it is to eat casually, but also how nice it is to set the table too.  I think it was the linen napkins that triggered a bit of an ‘I-love-real-napkins-I-want-to-set-the-table!’ moment.  Or maybe it was this post about eating outdoors. Or perhaps it was the comments on THIS post about The Family Table.  Regardless of which, I want to talk about splayds and sporks and spoons.  I want to think about table runners and napkins and place mats and flowers. I want to chat table coverings like brown paper or vintage linen or even rustic-none-at-all.

I want to set the table!

Here are ten cute ways to do it. Maybe you could share how YOU set your table, in the comments below? (Maybe you don’t set it, and that is okay too, we can be twins!)

Do you set the table? Do you know what a cruet set is? Do you like things informal or do you like to fancy it up? Do you think there is a difference between sporks and splayds?

xx Pip

PS : Thanks for the lovely dinner & the inspiration, Kirsty!

Top image via Mrs Lilien

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Melody-Lord/532742084 Melody Lord

    When I was growing up, my grandparents always had a properly set table–even for breakfast–with a cloth, placemats and coasters, linen napkins and silver napkin rings. Eating with them taught me table manners and to appreciate the family mealtime. Of course, at our house these days my teenager just tosses down some placemats and suitable cutlery and everyone brings their own preferred drinking vessel with them to the table. But we still sit down together and talk over the meal, which is the most important thing.

    • http://www.justbaustralia.com.au/ Pip @ JustB

      That IS important, Melody! And it’s pretty nice, even if it’s not super swish! xx

    • Mhardwick

       When I put out the butter knife my kids used to say whose coming to tea

  • http://twitter.com/ruthbruten GourmetGirlfriend

    Kirsty & her splayds & linen napkins rock my socks. x

    • http://www.justbaustralia.com.au/ Pip @ JustB

      She’s a dollface, that Kirsty! x