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22 Stylish Ways To Lay A Table

The art of creating a tablescape can elevate any meal, whether it's breakfast or a kitchen supper, to something special.

The Italians call it la bella figura: the beauty in making the everyday special. And there is nowhere better to hone the art than at the table. Whether you’re feeding the troops, having dinner a deux or dining solo, it is truly cheering to use the good crockery; get out the special cutlery; light a candle; and elevate the whole affair with a bunch of flowers.

Here are twenty-three ideas for elevating your average weeknight supper to something that actually makes you feel good. Cheers and Amen to that.

Main images: Matilda Goad/ Sass & Belle/ Rowen & Wren

By Lucy Abletshauser
May 2021

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Bordallo Pinheiro, Frog Pot, £45


Hay, Yellow Candle Holder, £21

Soho Home

Set Of 4 Bowls, £105

Zara Home

Medium Woven Basket, £17.99

LSA International

Coro Assorted Balloon Glass Set Of 4, £38

Fiona Finds

White Bamboo Dinner Plate, £30


Large Hobnail Jug, £95

Rowen & Wren

Anais Carafe, £39

Freight HHG

Spun Steel Tea Tray, £60

Fiona Leahy

Henry Dean Cloud Mini Tea Light Set, £15


2 Pack Napkin Rings, £6.99

The Conran Shop

Cabana Bamboo Dinner Plate in Yellow Stripe, £12.50

Summerill & Bishop

Mr Salt & Pepper, £65


Hotel Magique Platter, £44

Sophie Conran

Lancaster, Silver Plated Place Name Holders, £78

Rebecca Udall

Set Of 4, Wavy Italian Linen Napkins, £112

Zara Home

Vintage Effect Linen Tablecloth, £79.99

Mrs Alice

Green Rim Water Glasses, Set Of 4, £54


Red Blossom Table Cloth, £270

Matilda Goad

12 Piece Rainbow Cutlery Set, £130

Sass & Belle

Set Of Three Bud Vases, £10.99

HMA Décor

Marigold Placemats, Set of 4, £119

Lucy Abletshauser

Shopping Editor

Lucy is the GWG's go-to expert on the best online buys, from fashion to interiors. An aesthete to her core, she does the trawling so you don't have to.