Thursday, July 8, 2010

Guest Post from Mochatini: Creating a Fabulous Tabletop Decor

Allow me to introduce today’s guest blogger Manvi from Mochatini. Manvi is a blog designer, photographer and amazing interior stylist from Washington DC. Manvi loves decorating and styling chic tabletops, and there has been talks of a coffee table book on her tabletop designs.  I am honored to have her here today to give us some simple tips of creating a fabulous tabletop décor.

Hello Delishhh readers,

I am Manvi from over at, and very happy to have met Ewa and even more honored to be invited here.

I have to start by saying Ewa is an amazingly patient woman. I had promised this post a while back but starting a new job, breaking my collarbone and travel kept delaying me. She has been so nice about it all. So thanks Ewa for having me here.

As you all know Ewa is a lady with great taste and her recipes look sooo delectable. And meals that good need the right table decor. Be it a sit down dinner party of two or ten, potatoes or lobster, give your guests an experience they wont forget.

So here are a few simple tips to a creating a fabulous tabletop decor.

Start with a theme, if you can’t pick one, take inspiration from your menu or the pattern on your plates.

If you haven’t bought your first dinner set, go for a set of white round plates. Food looks its best on white and they are easy to incorporate into any setting. Shop at thrift stores for glassware and ceramics to decorate with. I frequently come back with vintage tea cups, large vases, candles for under $5. Recycle assorted food jars and use them as vases.

A very important element in creating the right ambiance for your dinner party is mood lighting. Turn off the main lights and light non-scented candles. Tea-lights are amazing. Avoid too many as you might end up making your table look like a wedding altar.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match dishes, styles, linen etc. Who likes matchy-matchy anyway? Just make sure to edit and avoid having too many elements.

Flowers. They can be expensive and you have probably heard this several times but look flowers in season. Look out for special deals at local grocers like Trader Joe’s, whole foods or giant (being friends with a florist always helps too). You can make a small bouquet go a long way by breaking up the arrangement into several vases. If your budget has no room for fresh flowers think about looking in your refrigerator. Berries, limes, lemons and herbs places in clear vases make lovely centerpieces. Another idea is to grow potted succulents.

Fabric napkins. Invest in a few sets of fabric napkins. Cotton ones are the easiest to care for. If you are crafty, sew them yourself. Avoid using paper napkins as much as you can.

Reuse old wrapping paper and make attractive menu cards. Glue the wrong side of an old wrapping paper to cardboard. Handwrite the menu on the cardboard side using a felt tip pen. Take it a step further and make them double duty as place cards. Personalize for each guest by adding their name.

Always have enough still and sparkling water. I never serve water in plastic bottles, so bring out those pitchers, or for a French bistro feel, reuse a clear wine bottle.

Never stress about any of this. Focus on the meal and think about your table decor while you cook. Be spontaneous.

Thanks Ewa for the opportunity to meet your wonderful friends.

Thanks Manvi for such a lovely post. If you haven’t already, hop over to visit Manvi at Mochatini!

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17 Responses to “Guest Post from Mochatini: Creating a Fabulous Tabletop Decor”

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    Rebekah C — July 8, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    This post was pure fun for me! I’d love to throw a dinner party someday and this gave me some wonderful ideas!

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    Splendid Willow — July 8, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    How fun! I consider you both dear friends! Manvi is the queen of tabletop loveliness and Ewa can whip up the most fantastic dishes – in no time! You are both out of my league!

    Warm hugs,


    • Delishhh replied: — July 29th, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

      Monika, I hope you are having a fabulour time in Sweden!!

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    Magdalena — July 8, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    All this is very nice. Unfortunately, I do not have space in my apartment to collect new table clothes and plates. Not because I have too many of them, but the apartment is simply too tiny. Kind regards…

    • Delishhh replied: — July 29th, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

      Magdalena, I hope you are enjoying your vacation in Poland. Sorry for the late response but i have been moving. Hopefully my new kitchen will accomodate new table decorations 🙂

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    Kathleen — July 8, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

    What a beautiful post! Great photos

    • Delishhh replied: — July 29th, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

      Kathleen – sorry for the late response, i have been moving at it has taken over my life. I agree with you i loved this post and thinking i can do all this stuff in my new house.

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    Piper — July 9, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    Nice to see you over here! Such beautiful ideas, makes me want to throw a dinner party now!!

    • Delishhh replied: — July 29th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

      Piper – Sorry for the late reply but i have been so busy with moving and could hardly find time to blog. But thanks for stopping by. I love the table decor Manvi does.

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    Amanda — July 10, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    This is a great post, lost of wonderful ideas and tips, I’d love to create a table looking as beautiful as these, I guess practice and ‘stepping out’ will help, thanks for the ideas.


    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

      Hi Amanda, Sorry for the late reply but i have been moving and just trying to get back into blogging regularly now since i am almost all unpacked. I also thought that the post Manvi did was fabulous. Just wanted to say thank you for stopping by.

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    Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective — July 10, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    What glorious photos! Thanks for all the great ideas. This is an area in which I truly need help!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

      Sommer, Sorry for the late reply but i have been moving and just trying to get back into the groove of things. I agree that this post that Manvi did was just fabulous. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon.

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    Gaynol — July 13, 2010 @ 11:36 am

    Wonderful ideas! I really must have that parrot. It really adds to a meal when you have such beautiful table decor. Thanks for all the great tips!

    • Delishhh replied: — August 17th, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

      Gaynol – Thanks for stoppung by, sorry for the late reply but i have been moving and not had enough time for my little blog. I agree with you that the post on Tabledecor is fabulous. Nice blog btw and come back soon.

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