A bare, natural table is the perfect setting for some fun, and dinner plates are a great way to kick off a chill attitude. These Ladies-In-Waiting dinner plates from Anthropologie are sure to get your guests giggling.
Consider swapping out your stuffy dining table for something more relaxed, like this traditional set in a light wood stain. It’s a plus if your dining area and kitchen connect as one open space: It helps keep everyone together while dinner is prepared.
Tied cushions are a quick and inexpensive solution to making your dining table more relaxed. Choose a contemporary fabric in a bright shade to add some light to the room. Your tablescape can carry the theme from there.
Placemats can change the entire personality of your table. These Orange Birds placemats from Art House Meath are sure to add color and spunk.
Make fun of your disregard for formal settings in an obvious way with this blueprint placemat. Just don’t invite Emily Post to dinner!
If your budget allows, consider a more contemporary dining set. This will instantly update your space and give it a more relaxed aura. These furnishings are often much more kid-friendly than traditional ones, and the little ones don’t always want to be relegated to the kids’ table. If ketchup hits one of those white chairs, it will disappear with the swipe of a napkin.
Now that you’ve invited the kids, make it as fun for them as at-home dining has now become to you. These personalized plates from an artist on Etsy might finally help them give a little thought to their meal.
What’s better than a spill-resistant placemat that also lets your kids draw on it? Potentially nothing. Your kids will be entertained for hours (or at least a few sacred minutes).
Going more casual does not mean you have to lose all the glamour. The key is getting the balance between the elegant and the everyday, like a fabulous chandelier mixed with a natural wood table.
Combine a traditional table with banquette seating. Your dining area will suddenly become the hippest booth in town.
The final touches: small details with big senses of humor, like salt and pepper shakers. The Lilliput Salt and Pepper Shaker set features magnetic feet so they can walk along the metal pole.