If you didn’t notice beforehand, my little sister has started a blog. Gillian is really awesome and so is her blog. She’s no slow-starter and she’s jumping in with her first guest post ever here on Clear the Way today. Do her a favor and give her some great, honest feedback here or on her blog, Chez Gillian. If you’re interested in guest-posting for Clear the Way, let me know and I’d love to talk details with you. Without further ado, let’s hear from my awesome, spectacular, incredible, amazing, gorgeous, amazing sister.
When planning a dinner, there’s only so much time you can commit to setting the table if you are cooking the meal yourself. However, a beautiful table truly sets the scene for your evening. The best place to start is with a statement tablecloth. It is easily changed between seasons and you can take a more neutral route when it comes to the dinnerware. I prefer a white dinnerware set because I feel it shows off the food nicely. You can use the same set again and again, creating more variety with the linens you choose.
Although I do like the new trend of gold flatware, I still gravitate towards the more traditional silver because I find it’s more versatile (and reusable). This ombre set above is beautiful as well as color neutral. Another easy way to add a splash of color to your table is with the napkins. Cloth napkins just feel so natural and I find they add some great dimension as well. Because I am so drawn to neutral dinnerware and flatware, I like a little bit of flair when it comes to glassware. I love using goblets for water, it’s a simple way to make the whole place setting more pleasing to the eye, as maybe not all your guests will be indulging in alcohol. And for those who will be, I find that stemless glasses for red wine are a beautiful choice. If you’re serving white, I wouldn’t choose stemless as the heat from your fingers could warm the chill out of your chardonnay. As long as you’re planning to serve red, I love the height disparity between the water goblets and the stemless glasses. I’m always a bit off-put when I show up at a restaurant with every wine glass next to the plate, do they really think I’ll be ordering a pinot, a chardonnay and a cab with the same meal? Serving champagne with dessert is a go-to menu choice for me. I love these polka dot Kate Spade glasses for both wines, it’s a fun little pattern that isn’t too obtrusive paired with the floral tablecloth.
What did you think about my sister’s first guest post?
Do you have any suggestions or tips?
What are your dinner party essentials?