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  • Writer's pictureKirstin Adolfson

How To: Guest Ready Dining Table

Dining tables serve many purposes, from school projects, good meals, birthdays, family gatherings and holiday celebrations; the dining table is always ready to serve it;s purpose. There is something comforting about a designated space for gathering. Here are some tips to get your dining table ready for any occasion that comes your way. Whether it’s a large gathering or a family dinner, these tricks will help spruce up the look for more memories to come.

Dining tables are one of the most difficult spots in your home to decorate. There has to be a balance of making it look visually appealing, but still allowing the space to be useful for your daily routine.

If you are someone who loves a decorated table but doesn’t love eating with objects in your line of sight, there is an easy fix for that! Trays are amazing at holding the right decor pieces to make your dining space look appealing while it is not in use, and then you can simply lift the tray and move it to the side while you are eating. There are many different styles to choose from. You could go with wood for a more natural look or something reflective if you are searching for that high-end appeal.

Now that you have a tray, you’re probably thinking of what you can put on it. Sticking to a three item rule is a great way to start. This way it won’t look too overdone, but it will also look like you put some thought to the look. Some great decor options are candles, flowers and coasters.

If the tray idea isn’t for you, try a fruit bowl. Adding a fruit bowl to the center of your table will incorporate pops of color while still looking effortless. Again, this is an easy item to move, but it’s also short enough that it won’t get in the way if you decide to keep it on the table while you eat.

If you like things to be even more simple, adding a stylish vase with a few dried pampas would create a beautiful bohemian look. This is a great way to add depth to a shorter table and could be the missing piece you’ve been looking for all this time.

Runners and placemats are traditional items to add to the table. If you would like to see your table a bit more decorated, but still remain functional, mix this tip with one of the points above. There are so many options when it comes to picking our runners and placemats. You can also have fun with it and switch them out for the holidays or special events.

Hopefully these tips help to create a visually appealing, but practical dining room set up. For more tips contact me today at (651) 468-6208 or email

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