By Rachel Barber

Published on June 23, 2015

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

brunch with friends

Skip the tablecloth and keep it casual, with a brightly hued table runner and vibrant linens. Elevate the relaxed aesthetic of the decor with fresh florals and dainty accents.

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an outdoor fete

Rustic accents, intimate lighting, and informal place settings. Emulate the spirit of the outdoors by dressing the table with simple pieces and fresh greens.

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girls' night in

We're thinking taco night, and that's all about color. Use a printed fabric as a tablecloth and mix and match vibrant tableware. Skip the flower centerpieces and go for mini succulents to mix things up.

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bridal shower chic

Elegant tableware and an abundance of fresh flowers set the scene for a luxe and effortless soiree. After all, the guest of honor deserves no less. 

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meet the parents

Sure, you want to impress, but there's no need to go with an extravagant theme. Keep it classic with a crisp white tablecloth and a plain set of dishes. The best centerpiece? A simple arrangement of the season's freshest picks.

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wine tasting

Create separate stations for everything you’re serving – wine, cheese, fruit, etc. You can set up pairings or let your guests decide. Don't forget to label the wines and cheeses!

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the formal dinner party

Here's where we show off and put our entertaining skills to the test. Salad fork, dinner fork, butter plates, the works. Here's the ultimate guide to setting a formal table. 

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the casual outdoor setup

Create an easygoing feel with an uncluttered and simple table. Keep the tablescape muted and let the flowers do the talking. Think white dishes, simple succulents, and candles in varied sizes and containers. Add a natural touch with wood or wicker chairs.