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  1. 9 incredible ways to decorate your dinner table for a party: Part 1

    Throw a fiesta with Mexican-themed decorations, via Honestly Yum.

    Want to add a dash of style to your next dinner party? In a special four-part series, we’ve rounded up our favourite looks for decorating your dinner table. In today’s post, we show you how to use colour to create an eye-catching style statement.

    Throw a fiesta with Mexican-themed decorations, via Honestly Yum.

    Photo by Honestly Yum.

    1. You don’t need to reach for the pinatas to create a modern Mexican-inspired fiesta. Take inspiration for your colour palette from the brightly-illustrated labels on canned jalapenos, and use them as vases to line the centre of your table. Fill them with succulents and flowers in yellows, pinks, peaches and oranges. Balance the look with a restrained neutral linen tablecloth, white tableware and tealights.

    A cactus-inspired party via Sugar and Cloth.

    2. Make a bright and bold statement with potted cacti in white ceramic planters, combined with flower arrangements in bright pinks and oranges. Download the printable watercolour placemat and menu from Sugar and Cloth. Keep the rest of the table clean with plain white tableware and simple glassware.

    Spring party. Photo by Kate Headley via 100 Layer Cakelet.

    3. Creating a bright and festive table doesn’t mean you have to splurge on expensive decorations and tableware. Paper lanterns and accordian paper garlands make a cheap and cheerful addition to this party table. Fill glass jam jars with flowers to create a charming centrepiece.

    4. Grab a bag of water balloons, blow them up and group them together for an eye-popping centrepiece. Mix and match with brightly-coloured plastic plates.

    Cuban wedding tablescape. Photo by Jose Villa and Joel Serrato via My Domaine.

    Cuban wedding tablescape. Photo by Jose Villa and Joel Serrato via My Domaine.

    Photo by Jose Villa and Joel Serrato via My Domaine.

    5. Use soft pastel colors combined with tropical greenery to create a fresh colour palette. At this dinner party, the pale peach and pink tones are reflected in the votive candles and tableware, while large palm leaves are used as a table runner.

    Persimmons and magnolia leaves make a colour match in heaven in this tabletop via Apartment 34.

    Photo by Aubrie Pick for apartment 34.

    6. A low-lying garland makes a gorgeous (and practical) option for a dinner party (no straining to see around tall centrepieces). In this table setting, rich jewel tones of purple, copper and orange are enhanced with a garland of fresh magnolia leaves. Dot your table with persimmons or any other seasonal fruit on a branch.


    Feast on the floor with indigo cushions, paired with indigo place cards and whimsical pastel flowers. Head to Design Love Fest for more details from their incredible moon party.

    7. Be inspired by Design Love Fest’s incredible ‘Moon Party’, and feast on the floor with indigo cushions on a Moroccan wedding blanket. Whimsical pastel flowers arrangements and plain white dinner plates give the table a visual lift.

    Citrus styling by the Jungalow.

    Photo by Danae Horst for The Jungalow.

    8. Take inspiration by The Jungalow’s citrus explosion with zesty bowls of oranges on a white linen table cloth, combined with copper-toned cutlery and napery in a contrasting botanical print.

    Pineapple floral tablescape by Sugar and Cloth

    Photo by Mary Costa Photography for Sugar and Cloth.

    9. Pineapples as vases? Why on earth not, especially when it looks this good combined with a bright and bold floral tablescape. An unexpected colour palette of pinks, reds, peaches and purples are given a Palm Springs makeover with a touch of metallic serving ware and DIY gold placemats.

    Tell us: which dinner table look is your favourite?

    This is the first post in a four-part series on how to decorate your dinner table. Next time, we’ll look at how to use plants and foliage to create a botanical-themed dinner table.