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Jen Bishop, aka @interiorsaddict, aka The Socialite from our ILVENISTA campaign, shares some insight into how to set the most stylish table for your next big dinner.

Family Dinner
Christmas and special occasions are a great excuse to go all-out with your table settings and embrace the theme, whatever it may be. Christmas doesn’t have to be tacky (although, if you secretly enjoy paper crowns and bon bons, why not, I say?). You can go low-key but classy festive by using brown kraft paper as a table runner, vessels generously filled with green foliage, and some metallic accents, like gold cutlery and candle holders. If you have lots of children coming, perhaps keep things a little less… breakable. Don’t get out all your best china and crystal if it’s likely to get knocked over!

When it comes to your dining table, always dress to impress.

When it comes to your dining table, always dress to impress.

Dinner With Friends
Share-style food is a lovely way for the host or hostess to avoid being stuck in the kitchen: just let everyone dig in and help themselves. While we all know we shouldn’t be on our phones at the dinner table, let’s be honest: we all feel a tad smug and satisfied inside when we see someone snapping our table-styling efforts to share on social media! Make your table more Insta-worthy by considering what it looks like from above, à la flat lay. Beautiful blooms will always make a table– and a photo – so don’t skimp on the flowers, as they’ll do most of the work for you. Invest in great stemware and simple but quality linen napkins – you’ll get a lot of use out of both.

It's all about the details.

It’s all about the details.

Dinner Date
This is all about the candles, which create a romantic mood and flattering lighting (also good for taking photos, though that’s really not the priority here). Be wary of anything fragranced, however, as it may be overpowering or at odds with what you’re eating. Make sure you don’t overcrowd your table, so you can gaze into each other’s eyes without obstruction!