Wedding anniversaries are very special events which hold fond memories for many people. To celebrate anniversaries, couples often opt to host a celebration dinner.
It can be an intimate affair for two or a dinner party for a group of family and friends. They are a way to remember a special wedding day.
What better way to spice up the event than with beautiful table settings. Table setting is not the first thing one sees at a dinner but it is one of the most important. It creates the atmosphere for the meal and is the main focus of the decor.
Setting a table correctly is not difficult. Making it memorable takes a bit more work and imagination. It is necessary to know how to coordinate colours and textures. Creating interesting centrepieces is also necessary to create a memorable anniversary dinner.
Before getting creative with table settings, make sure you have the necessary elements. These include tableware, cutlery and napkins. Table linens are necessary and are available from Australian Linen Supply.
Make your restaurant anniversary friendly with these awesome ideas as a guide.
1. Monochromatic Table Settings
Monochromatic can be defined as a colour scheme with a single base colour. Various shades of this colour are used to provide variation. To choose a monochrome colour palette, choose a base colour. Then pick colours which are a shade darker, and lighter. This will create a sense of simplicity and reduce chances of colour clashes.
For monochromatic table settings, one of the most beautiful is simple white and black. It is timeless and classic. It can be traditional or cutting edge depending on the decorations.
This table setting uses a fitted black tablecloth with a striped runner.
The white plates are set on black chargers with silver cutlery.
For a dash of colour, use white and green flowers in white or black vases. These work as attractive centrepieces for this table setting. You can use either black or white napkins folded into creative shapes like this bow-shape.
Carry the theme throughout the table by tying striped pieces of cloth to flower stems.
2. Pastel Table Setting
From frosty blues to dusky pinks, pastels are a staple for romantic decor and table settings. They give a soft, calming ambience to a room. These light shades are easy to match and together they make the prettiest tablescapes.
Start with a plain white tablecloth. This will work as the base for this pastel-inspired tablescape.
The colours to use are soft pink, yellow and lilac. Choose a light coloured charger and place stack white plates. The plates may have some simple embellishments but nothing too overbearing.
Use coloured champagne flutes to create a contrast on the sharp white tablecloth.
To complete the look, place a pastel-coloured napkin, wrapped with a pink or yellow flower.
There is no need for an overpowering centrepiece. Instead, opt for pale green jars filled with blush coloured roses and hyacinth.
3. Playful Table Setting
Like birthdays, anniversaries represent the steady passing of time. They do not have to be dull though. Creating a playful anniversary table setting is great for the young at heart.
This tablescape creates a fun atmosphere which will keep the mood lively and light. The main feature is the brightly coloured runner. It can be placed on any kind of table, preferably without a tablecloth.
For a fresh feel, use clear underplates and light coloured glassware. Ensure consistency by using ribbons cut from the runner as place settings.
The centrepiece is the main attraction with a cornucopia of vividly coloured flowers. Keep the shades similar to the runner, with a few distinct splashes of colour.
For an airy feel, place the blooms inside clear jars and bottles. Place these on a stand topped with a mirror for the flowers. This will reflect the colours creating crystals and transparency.
Go the extra mile for your guests by adding height to the table decor. Hang glass baubles filled with coloured beads from the ceiling just above the table.
They will look like they are floating in mid-air, making for an enchanting addition. You can fill them with sweets, coloured paper, glitter, anything that takes your fancy.
4. Minimalist Tablescape
With so many table decor options available, minimalism may be the best option. Instead of overloading on florals, linens and centrepieces, aim for a clean look. When placing decorations, be aware of each accessory and the impact it has on the setting. Focus on clean lines and different textures to create a modern minimalist showcase.
Often, there is beauty in simplicity. These ‘less is more’ table setups which focus on greenery and ambient candlelight prove it. They use a lot of white space, accented by lush greenery. Create this look with a simple white tablecloth on which you place clear candle holders and vases.
Use white and green foliage sparsely on the table for a splash of colour.
Remember, a single bloom can have a big impact.
5. Rustic Table Setting
Natural materials are the foundation for creating rustic tablescapes. They are a
celebration of authentic beauty in its raw form. A rustic table setting creates a warm, relaxed mood for an anniversary dinner.
Base the table setting on a neutral colour palette. This is the background for your wooden accessories and jewel-coloured decorations.
Embrace abstract imperfections in the accessories you choose. There is no place for straight lines in rustic decor.
Branches, chunks of log and fresh florals are the quintessential rustic threesome. Use pieces of unpolished wood as chargers placed on a simple lace runner.
Keeping with the natural theme, use baby yellow or beige napkins. Tie with twine and adorn with a feather. Alternatively, you can use specially made rustic napkins to give your guests a luxuriant experience.
Avoid loud centrepieces. Instead, a piece of hollowed-out log with fresh blooms placed inside is eye-catching. This will allow guests to converse across the table and give a splash of colour to the tablescape.
6. Nautical Themed Table Setting
If you wine and dine close to the beach, or would like to bring the beach closer to you, try out this nautical theme. This blue and white nautical tablescape reflects fun in the sun with a carefree attitude.
Use a patterned blue and white table cloth to create a vibrant base for brilliant blue tableware. For a calmer look, use these stain-resistant polyester tablecloths from ALS.
Use blue-rimmed plates and goblets to keep with the theme.
For the centrepiece, fill a large vase with sand and shells and place a candle in it.
For a touch of floral, put spare sprigs in little blue vases. These will accentuate the glassware and centrepiece.
To add height, use a piece of weathered wood as a table runner. A unique part of this tablescape is the sailboat.
You can make your own by joining a piece of driftwood to a twig and a scrap of the tablecloth material. It brings cohesion between the different elements of this busy table.
Finish off this look by scattering shells and starfish along the length of the table.
7. Floral Table Setting
Most table settings feature flowers in one form or another. You can choose to stick with this tradition when setting a wedding anniversary table. An added advantage is the heavenly scents that accompany floral arrangements.
Make your assortments stand with original colour combinations and interesting arrangement techniques.
For a wild, organic vibe, mix variegated foliage such as ferns amongst fresh flowers.
To create a futuristic look, enclose colourful blooms in a clear container or lucite.
Move away from typical brightly coloured blooms and create this ‘funky romance’ theme. Get the look by using darker flowers, berries and ferns interspersed with dried branches.
Big, overflowing flower arrangements make for a statement centrepiece. Arrange a variety of flowers in a low vase, letting them flow on to the surface of the table as a mini runner.
8. Candlescape Table Setting
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You can never go wrong with candles. Nor can you have too many. This is a table theme that is reflected in eateries across the world. It is probably one of the easiest to replicate.
Set your table in a simple setting with basic colours that will reflect the light of the candles.
Use a combination of glass, metal and wooden candleholders. You can vary the height and width of the candles.
For a touch of colour, wrap flowers around the base of the candles in matching colours.
Create an easy centrepiece by filling glass bowls with beads or decorative stones. Insert small round candles in the centre.
Create a beautiful floating candle display by filling glass jars with water and placing floating candles in each container.
Add a unique touch by using fruits as candleholders. Simply empty part of an orange and fit a small candle inside.
These will float in a big glass bowl, and create a lasting impression when contrasted with fresh flowers and leaves.
9. Metallic Table Setting
Adding metallic hues to your table setting will leave guests pleasantly surprised. Silver, gold and copper hues add a hint of sparkle and serve as an attractive focal point.
Whatever the colour palette, metals are versatile. They automatically enhance all tablescape themes. It is recommended to pair metallics with white flatware and metal cutlery.
For a centrepiece, spray paint a vase and place shiny gourds or flowers inside. You can accessorise with a few silver branches and twigs.
Surround the vase with gold-coloured accessories and candles for a romantic atmosphere.
Make Your Restaurant the Obvious Choice
Impress your guests with these anniversary table settings and they are sure to keep coming back. Leave a lasting impression and give them an unforgettable experience.
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