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Verdict: How to Set the Perfect Table with Vanessa and Co.- International Event Planner

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

Welcome Guests into Home Post-Pandemic with Tips that Won't Break the Bank Post-COVID

Vanessa Ohayon of Vanessa & Co. Events & Hospitality ( pivoted her event production business, by planning intimate trips abroad for clients, focusing on COVID precautions and drawing attention to family heritage, rather than large-scale groups and hosting unique personalized online events. During the extended time at home, she discovered creative ideas to decorate and dress a table using pieces from around the house. Below is her lockdown-time inspired her tips & tricks to setting beautiful tablescapes without breaking the bank.

1) Start with the foundation, and in the context of a tablescapes, that means the linens. Use the coveted wedding linens from your parents wedding, to the newly fashionable Turkish towels. Turkish towels are thin and they come in a variety of colors! They can also be layered, depending on the length of your table. Napkins also add elevation to the table. They can be in-height coming out of the wine goblet, or simply placed flat between the salad plate and the dinner plate, under the silverware, or there are fun-folding techniques which on YouTube.

2) Don’t shy away from mixing and matching plate-ware and glassware. It adds personality and depth to the table, You can set guests facing each other the same, and guests beside each other differently for an eclectic, yet organized look. Deals on flatware, and dessert/salad plates are more affordable than dinner plates, so having a solid white dinner plate is perfect for versatility on the smaller plates.

3) Gone are the days of one big floral arrangement in the center of the table. We no longer have to remove the bouquet of flowers once everyone is seated to see everyone across the table, nor do we have to break the bank to buy those huge arrangements. Simply pick up a bouquet at your local corner store and inexpensively deconstruct them into various little glass receptacles around the house, including my favorite - Moroccan tea glasses.

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