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Monday 25 September 2017
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Set the Stage for Feasting Fabulousness – by Kasie Savage

Whether this is going to be your maiden voyage at the helm of a holiday meal, or you’re an entertaining veteran, it never hurts to revisit some of the table setting basics that every great host should have on hand to set the stage for feasting fabulousness.  We eat with our eyes first as the old adage goes and Toronto based lifestyle store, Hopson Grace recommends that every table be set with the following must-haves to ensure that even the most basic of meals looks and tastes like a million bucks to those lucky enough to be seated around it.

dsc01770START WITH A TABLECLOTH OR PLACEMATS.

This foundational part of the process of setting a table normally sets the tone and mood for everything else. There’s a coziness to a tablecloth that feels right around the holidays. We love this one from Linen Wayhttp://hopsongrace.com/products/linen-way-soprano-blue-ash-tablecloth-67×98 or if you want to be very formal go for a crisp white linen http://hopsongrace.com/products/linen-ta201608140849360_medium_2xblecloth-white-festival-66×106  We have some fabulous and festive English table mats that we love that can easily be wiped off as well: http://hopsongrace.com/products/avenida-home-mistletoe-table-mat-38x29cm

 

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Whether you’re entertaining for 4 or 14, a linen napkin is elegant and makes a statement. We love these from Linen Way, they’re casual yet elegant and not require ironing:http://hopsongrace.com/products/linen-way-bilbao-napkins-22×22-grey?variant=16452968577

 

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There’s nothing worse than not being able to have a conversation with the person across the table from you. So when setting the perfect table, make sure your vase doesn’t exceed 6”. This vase from George Jensen is ideal for a screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-10-07-41-pmcentrepiece: http://hopsongrace.com/products/georg-jensen-facet-glass-vase-small or line a few of these down the table with small bouquets for a stunning effect: http://hopsongrace.com/products/georg-jensen-glass-cafu-vase-148-mm . For a stunning effect use this vase: http://hopsongrace.com/products/dibbern-golden-forest-spherical-vase-14-cm

 

PICK PRETTY SERVINGWARE.

Family style entertaining has become a reality and works equally well with a crowd, whether it fits on your table or nearby buffet or kitchen counter.  So in order to keep things elegant, be sure you have the right serving pieces which will elevate your dishes and make theexperience even better. Here are a couple of our favourites: http://hopsongrace.com/products/oval-serving-platter-small-convivio   http://hopsongrace.com/products/costa-nova-footed-plate-28cm   http://hopsongrace.com/collections/serveware-1/products/fruit-bowl

 

 

116392_156266158_product_medium_2xPROTECT YOUR TABLE WITH TRIVETS.

Not only do you save your table surface or tablecloth from wine and food stains, trivets can add style to your table.  If you’re serving your food at the table, family style, they are a must. Try these fun ones http://hopsongrace.com/products/avenida-home-hare-table-mat-201508231736460_medium38x29cm or http://hopsongrace.com/products/avenida-home-lion-placemat or for a more elegant look our pewter trivets are perfect: http://hopsongrace.com/search?q=trivet .

 

CANDLELIGHT IS ALWAYS RIGHT.
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We can’t emphasize the importance of candlelight as the finishing touch to your holiday table. It sets the mood and make everyone look great.  For your pillar candles, these Tom Dixon stone candle holders are fabulous http://hopsongrace.com/products/stone-candle-
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or layer tealights right down your table with abat_1024x1024_2xthese amazing new hurricanes from Milan: ttp://hopsongrace.com/products/ichendorf-abat-jour-small-tealight


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yosfkihb_400x400About Kasie Savage

TV Presenter |  Media Trainer  |  Lifestyle & Brand Expert

Join the conversation @KasieSavage on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and visit www.KasieSavage.com




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