Entertaining expert Sebastien Centner shares his tips for setting a gorgeous table when you're short on time.
1 Prepare your elements the night before and put them all together
Sebastien says to stack the plates, polish the silverware and fold the napkins ahead of time. This way when it comes time to set the table you can have everything in one place instead of scattered around the kitchen.
2 Skip the tablecloth
Consider using stylish and upscale placemats instead of a traditional tablecloth. He says this gives a more modern look providing the table surface is made of high-end material such as granite, marble or glass. Sebastien's favourite placemats are by Chilewich.
3 Let flowers bloom
If you're making your own arrangements, Sebastien says to assemble them the night before and let them sit so the flowers open partially. If you're buying from a local flower shop, provide them with your own vases so you don't need to transfer them.
4 Simple centrepieces
For a simple and easy-to-create holiday centrepiece, use odd-shaped glass vases filled with holiday balls. He suggests keeping it monochromatic with up to two colours like white and silver or gold and brown.
- Page 1: Silverware, tablecloths and centrepieces
- Page 2: Guests and lighting