Whether you dine in a formal dining room, a casual breakfast area, at the kitchen bar or outside on your patio — nothing is better than enjoying a great meal with family and friends! Here are some tips to make your dining spaces extra special…
Don't you love those dinners when everyone lingers at the table talking after the meal? One way to ensure your loved ones have a great time is to make sure you have comfortable chairs and enough room for everyone around the table. Consider upholstered chairs or adding cushions to your chairs…just make sure they can be easily removed for quick cleaning! I added these cute cushioned slipcovers to our dining chair seats and not only do they look great, they are so much more comfortable!
Everyroom needs a focal point and every table needs a centerpiece, however when dining make sure it is low enough for guests to easily see one another. Ideas include: flowers, candles, or food! Your centerpiece could simply be large platters and bowls artfully arranged with your meal. Keep your centerpieces seasonal and appropriate for your meal or party.
Click HERE for these frugal and fabulous soup can centerpiece ideas.
Your dining areas should be colorful and inviting. Don't be afraid to change it up! I like using various color tablecloths, placemats and napkins throughout the year to accent the season or theme of my party. I keep my plates mostly white and let the colorful ingredients stand out…the most appetizing meals are colorful ones!
Let the most beautiful part of your dining areas be the PEOPLE who gather around the table! Don't save "sit down" dinners for friends and relatives- treat EVERY night like a special dinner. Studies say children who enjoy regular meals with their families do better in school and socially. Have FUN at dinnertime- play a game, make a "theme" dinner, catch up on the day (we even have a silly handpainted "V.I.P. plate" that someone is "honored" with on a special day). In today's hectic world, try to maintain a few family dinners each week.
Check out this cool set of discussion cards called, Table Topics (pictured above)…they come in a variety of themes and are sure to spice up any meal!
I hope these tips inspire you to create a more beautiful and meaningful dining areas, for more ideas on setting a beautiful dining table click HERE