Exotic style table setting
Deborah Jaffe


Grounded by neutral colors and natural fibers, bold coral and turquoise are allowed to shine. "Dinnerware is like jewelry," says designer Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson and Rummerfield's House of Design. "Summer is the time to go big with striking patterns."

Exotic Menu: Spicy Fusion

For a Look Like This:
Design Your Own Plates
Available at Freddy & Ma

Water Hyacinth Pillows
$29 to $99
Available at West Elm

Classic table setting
Ka Yeung


"It's great to have a signature style as a hostess, but I always add a surprise or twist. In this case, I added a punch of color. Yellow is a popular color to mix with blue, and it adds warmth."
Peggy Sewell, Contributing Editor, Southern Accents

Classic Menu: A Homey Brunch

For a Look Like This:
Bergamote Blue Tablecloth
Available at DeVries & Dornbos

Rutherford Circle Plates by Kate Spade for Lenox
$17 to $26
Available at Dillard's

Rustic style table setting
Megan Thompson


Natural fibers and textures -- from the wicker chairs to the woven placemats -- lend a cozy feel to this cottage dining area. The iron lantern overhead is a rustic substitute for the standard chandelier.

Rustic Menu: Casual Farmhouse Dinner

For a Look Like This:
Lloyd/Flanders Three-Season Vintage Armchair
Available at L.L. Bean

Round Rattan Placemats
Available at Sur La Table

Floral style table setting
Pieter Estersohn


For a gathering in the garden, white tables and chairs adorned with cheery linens steal the show. Choose a color palette (such as pink, green, and white), and then mix and match floral patterns.

Floral Menu: Garden Party

For a Look Like This:
Pink Provence Napkin
$26 (set of 4)
Available at Pomegranate

Amanda White Tablecloth
$39 to $59
Available at April Cornell

Casual tablesetting
Van Chaplin


Just because a get-together is laidback doesn't mean it can't be beautiful. Seasonal herbs and flowers, quaint table linens, and soft candlelight set the scene for an intimate gathering.

Casual Menu: Appetizer Party

For a Look Like This:
Tate Lemon Placemats and Napkins
$4.95 (placemat), $3.95 (napkin)
Available at Crate & Barrel

Enchanted Forest Chandelier
Available at Illuminations

Elegant tablesetting
Pieter Estersohn


Make a large dining room feel more intimate with a warm and inviting tablescape. Rich colors mixed with sterling silver pieces give the setting an aged patina.

Elegant Menu: Couples' Party

For a Look Like This:
Ivy Garland Dinner Plates by Anna Weatherly
Available at Neiman Marcus

Fluted Cachepot
Available at Charlotte Moss

Coastal tablesetting
Jean Allsopp


Bright blues and crisp linens say "coastal" with out going overboard. Groupings of large seashells and casual flower arrangements are just right for an alfresco meal.

Coastal Menu: Beachside Banquet

For a Look Like This:
White Square Dinner Plates
$19.99 (set of 4)
Available at Target

Decorative Shells on Display Stands
$40 to $55
Available at Beach Dwelling

Glamorous table setting
Andreas Von Einsiedel


This elegant mirrored table sets off the pinks, greens, and golds of the setting. New glassware and placemats are mixed with traditional china and silver for a glamorous vintage feel.

Glamorous Menu: Hearty Hors d'Oeuvres Affair

For a Look Like This:
"Indents" Glassware
$65 to $98
Available at Horchow

Crystal Beaded Napkin Rings
Available at Linens N Things

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