Why are dinner parties always so overwhelming?  We first struggle to find a date on the calendar, and we then agonize over the menu, and the wine, and the flowers, and the RSVPs etc… In my case, I love hosting dinners because they give me the opportunity to focus on setting up a nice  table. With good company and a beautiful table, any food tastes delicious and a good time is guaranteed.

The big question remains: are table cloths more formal than placemats?  I think it all depends on the material. For a formal table, I love white linen. The lace and embroidery of the Zella collection from Sferra is the ultimate chic! When paired with the appropriate flatware and china, it can be quite modern. The placemats are as formal as the table cloth and the napkins are a perfect complement:

For a pop of color without compromising elegance, I love the scalloped Savanah collection from Matouk:

To add some sparkle and luxury, the metallic lace placemats and runner from Chilewich come in gold and silver and are so modern:

When it comes to china, mine is always very simple, preferably white,  and I play complementing it with interesting crystal,  silverware and other accessories. Baccarat is a must! The Vega water gobelet for a formal setting or the Vega tumbler for a casual one are classics that always work:

However, setting a table is also the opportunity to be creative or follow trends. The trend of the moment seems to be  about metallic touches. Especially brass and copper. Since it is just a trend, no need to spend a fortune ! West Elm has some choices that are both, perfect for special occasions and suited for everyday use:

Fancy brands also follow the metallic trend. This 24 piece flatware for 6 from  Christofle comes in silver, or yellow and rose gold. The egg display makes it ideal for a buffet style entertaining:

It also comes as a coffee spoon set:

In this piece by Studio Peter Stockmans, which I find quite attractive, the coffee pot seems to have replaced the tray. Easier to store as well :

 

Coffee is like the finale, and  I do not hesitate to go for daring designs.

I like to use simple pieces that surprise by their originality. The O! Luna cup designed by Deunor Bregana and Anne Ibanez Guridi, or the Vista Alegre cup and saucer are my latest finds:

If this is not creative enough, what about one of these?