As far as set up and timing goes, head over to Part 1 as it walks you through everything but you should still be in the 90-minute give-or-take preparation time range for the full dinner party. This dinner party how-to is identical except for the table setting ideas and Tangy Cole Slaw recipe that I discovered through Blue Apron. It’s an awesome, easy variation on a crowd pleaser! (the included burger recipe’s also terrific but not recommended for a dinner party)
The boho vibe to this table is a fun and simple one to achieve. Flowers are just a bouquet of inexpensive mums picked up from my local florist that I placed in a decanter that matches the tumblers shown. It literally took 3-4 minutes to complete the arrangement.
The tablecloth is a square topper that was placed on the diagonal and I chose rust tone napkins to pick up the warmth of the flowers and tie together the different orange tones of the menu (chicken, the sweet potatoes from the green salad, and carrots in the cole slaw).
Remember to try the NQM Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad! It’s such a nice addition and so easy to make.
I set the table with my everyday plates and flatware and slightly elevated the look with gold trim tumblers (sources below).
I hope these ideas help you use what you have, maybe add an item or two to your table decor arsenal and invite friends over soon! Remember that people won’t remember much of the details about food, they mainly feel gratitude for friendship and the chance to connect and laugh over a meal. Keep things simple and relax!
- Gold Honeycomb Design Tumblers: Amazon
- Gold Honeycomb Design Decanter (used as vase): Amazon
- Square Table Cloth and Napkins: NQM collection but similar are available at Pier One
- Flowers: Herban Bloom
- Dinnerware: Mikasa Antique White
- Silverware: Gorham Olde English Tipt (discontinued)
- Basket: Longaberger
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All photos by Laura Taylor Photography