I love having people over at our house. Even though I am not the most social of butterflies, I love to fuss over a table, prepare something exquisitely simple, and relax over a bottle of wine with friends.
The thing about entertaining people is that the details matter. Whether it is brunch or dinner the idea is to enjoy each other's company for a few concentrated hours. I like to make that time feel special making the table look special.
First find a few images from around the web to help inspire you with an overall look. You don't have to drag out your best tablecloth and the iron. A simple runner makes a huge difference to the look of the table and set the mood of the event; from playful to sophisticated. You can coordinate your candles and flowers or lay out your dishes to share.
Placemats are another alternative to full table cloth. The protect your table while adding color and texture.
Create Your Own Look
Then, make it your own. Remember those dishes that you have tucked away for special occassions? Well, Hello?!?! Bring them out. Or that little trinket you fell in love with and just had to buy? Make it the center of the table.
The only rules that I follow are
Simple Touches - Big Impact
The biggest impact can often come from the smallest thing. Here are my top 3 favorite little details.
Most importantly, have fun with it! If you want to try and make it look like a magazine - Go For It! If you want it to be minimalist chic - Do It! Just take a chance. If it doesn't turn out exactly the way you wanted it, try again next time. In the end, it's all about having fun and socializing with your friends and family.