Sitting down at their table is often the first chance that guests have to relax and take stock of everything. Make sure they're suitably impressed with a pretty place setting - the perfectly chosen one can make all the difference to how your table looks and you can have a little fun with them too.

Catherine Gratwicke


Instead of going overboard with elaborate menus and place card designs, use coloured or preppy patterned ribbons to add decoration. A folded napkin is a quick and easy way to make sure your place settings look neat and tidy, and it gives the table a stylish, finished-off feel. We love!


Menu; from £1.45, by; striped ribbon, £5.75 per metre,; place name, £1 each, by; napkin; £2.50 each; cutlery, 50p per piece; dinner plate, 19p each; gold-rimmed wine glass, 91p each; Stemless sommelier glass, 57p each; champagne flute, 82p each, to hire,; votive, from £3 each, to hire,; succulent, £3 each,; striped table runner, £6 per metre,; tablecloth, £7.90, to hire, and small arrangement in urns, (Princess Charlene, Caramel Antike, Cream Piaget, Sweet Perfumella, Irish Hope, Chandos Beauty, Margaret Merril David Austin and Edith David Austin roses), from £75, supplied by and designed by