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Raise your hand if your granny always had her dinning room table set like she was gonna have a five course meal daily? My granny did so I’m sure I’m not alone. I rarely ever set or dress the table when I’m having dinner. After I’m finished cooking and cleaning I barely have time to dress myself let alone a table. But lately I’ve been adulting and dressing my table really has me feeling like a big girl.

woman sharing how to DRESS THE TABLE


You don’t need a lot, start with a center piece, a simple floral arrangement is great place to start. You don’t have to do too much. I grabbed a bunch of seasonal flowers right out of Trader Joe’s and made a lovely arrangement for this shoot. If you don’t have the time or skill set for making your own arrangement, head to @leesflowersdc they know how to do a center piece like nobody’s business.

Next grab you a table runner with some sparkle. Sequin, shimmer, or shine just make sure it pops. The table is gonna need a little light. Some people prefer candles on their table, while candles are elegant, they scream fire hazard for me, so I prefer string lights. Super affordable and far less likely to end with a visit from the fire department.

flowers on a table

Last but certainly not least layout your favorite china (yes I call my flatware china deal with it) and cutlery and there you go, your table is dressed. I love polka dots so you know I had to incorporate my Kate Spade collection on the table. The more sophisticated part of the population may have noticed I’m missing a few “important” pieces napkins and charger plates. Chargers aren’t as important as napkins but they do add a bit more pizazz. Clothe or paper napkins? I’m a pretty paper napkin girl, clothe is by far the classic choice but if you you’re the hostess with the mostest. So get dressed this season (you and the table) you won’t regret it.

Now that the table is dressed, it’s your turn.

Here’s a little dinner look inspo. This look is cute, comfy, and chic perfect for the food baby so many of you guys are going to have. Sequin joggers and an oversized button down shirt (the feather trim adds a little razzle dazzle) are the perfect combo for where ever you end up. Unfortunately my top is sold out but here’s another option sans feathers.

Until next time,



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