Does your table look like this when you sit down to eat a meal?
Do you even have a table?
In my college apartment, my two roommates and I had a small kitchenette table with four chairs that I think we sat at about three times in two years, opting instead to eat on the stools that surrounded our counter.
In my first apartment out of college, we didn’t even own anything that remotely resembled a kitchen table and when I moved to my second apartment, I took with me a kitchen table that I inherited from my parents’ basement.
That table traveled (albeit not so well) to Chicago, where it now doubles as my desk from 9-5.
Think: stacks of cookbooks, bills, notebooks full of plans and outlines. It’s not exactly fit for ladies who lunch.
Even though I don’t have a grandiose kitchen table fit for lavish dinner parties I still like to entertain.
I like to have friends over to eat too many finger foods, drink too much wine, laugh too loud and stay out too late.
Although paper plates have certainly made the occasional appearance in my kitchen, it’s still possible to pull off a a tapas night, wine and cheese party – or even a sit down dinner – when your cabinets contain little more than some Target dinner plates.
Mix it Up
If you’re hosting a party for 10 people but your kitchen cabinet only contains a set of four dinner plates, invite a few close friends to bring some dishes. Sure, they won’t match, but that will only add to the eclectic, casual decor for your party.
Ditch the White Tablecloth
Linens are a great thing to own for a special occasion (see: your in-laws are coming to dinner and you want to impress them) but if you have a small table or are dining around your coffee table, a roll of brown craft paper is a perfect backdrop for your food that will protect your table.
Bonus: the easy clean-up.
Canning is all the rage right now but a canning jar is even more versatile. It can act as a small vase for flowers, a vessel for holding silverware or even as pedestals to place plates to create a layered look and make more space on your table.
Plates that Pop
Colorful dishware can be fun but if you want your food to stand out (and why wouldn’t you?) serve it on white plates. Food looks the best when plated on a neutral background and you can find white plates in all shapes and sizes for different types of parties. I like to use big round plates with rectangular serving dishes – just to keep things interesting.
To help you throw your next dinner party with ease (especially if your apartment has a dishwasher), I’m giving away one (1) Oneida Thatch White 16-piece dinnerware set (pictured above, ARV: $160) – which includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four mugs and four bowls, all dishwasher & microwave safe.
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