J'adore Decor: Decorating Hacks For Your Next Party

By Carolyn Stine October 5, 2018 

Think beyond the bouquet of fresh flowers!

As much as we love a bouquet of fresh peonies, when’s the last time you walked into a friend’s apartment for a dinner party and said “WOW”? Yeah, that’s what we thought. So often we’re wow’ed by the food, wow’ed by the wine - why not get some wow factor going with your decor too? Here are our hacks for pulling together a dinner table that has your friends talking for weeks to come.

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Gettin’ hygge with it

We recently got back from a trip to Copenhagen, and were introduced to the word “hygge” (look up the hashtag on Instagram for some serious inspiration). It means a sense of coziness and warmth that you’re meant to share, and translates into an aesthetic that’s all candlelight and cozy pillows and shag rugs. Why not light a fire, cover the table with tiny tea candles, and try throwing a sheepskin over the back of your chairs? Insta-hygge!

A kid again

Surprise! Dessert is already on the table. Everyone is a sucker for old-school candy, so why not decorate with glass jars filled with an assortment of colorful favorites? We love M&Ms, Hershey Kisses, Swedish Fish, mini Reese’s… but the sky’s the limit!

Mismatched is the new black

So you have that old dish set, the new set from your wedding, the toile pieces you picked up in Notting Hill… and don’t even get us started on the wine glasses. Why not create a dinner table set with mismatched china and glasses? You can even hit up your favorite vintage spot for inexpensive, assorted plates and glassware that will be a feast for the eyes on your table.

Eat your fruits and veggies (and admire them)

With all of the bounty that we see at our local farmers market on a weekly basis, we were inspired to bring that into our dinner party decorating. During the fall, we love a table scattered with persimmons, mini pumpkins, even bowls of lemons and apple. Pomegranates are just gorgeous too.

Come on get higher

We recently picked up this light blue cake stand, and it got us thinking about how many ways we can use it. Enter: the dinner party tablescape. Use cake stands and taller pieces throughout the table to add height, and to display unexpected items. A cake stand can easily double as the place you display your dinner rolls, and will add an unexpected dimension to your table.

Photo booth time

Some plates have napkins on them at dinner parties. And some plates have photo booth props. Pull out your Polaroid camera and have it at the ready, because your guests will be taking photos and trading photo booth props all night. We love these 12-piece paper prop sets.

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Carolyn Stine

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