Hosting How-To: Your Guide to Setting a Stunning Table

It's no secret that hosting a dinner party can be serious work. After all, cooking the actual food seems to always take a backseat to the urgent items on the party-planning agenda. That's why we're breaking down all the items you need to create a gorgeous tablescape and lucky for you, World Market is giving 60% off all of their dining room essentials.

Whether you're preparing for your very first hosting gig or are a looking to revamp your current repertoire of serving platters, we know that throwing a dinner party is no easy task. From choosing elegant flatware to finding the perfect linens, your tablescape planning can often provide an overwhelming array of options after just one simple stroll through the home aisle. Nevertheless, we're breaking down a hosting how-to guide on setting the dinner party table of your dreams, so you can stun your guests with gorgeous decorative accessories while keeping most of your attention right where it belongs: preparing the delicious food—and keeping little Fido from begging for scraps under the table.

Wood dining set with chairs and bench
World Market table runner, place mats, and linen napkins photo

First Things First: Linens & Things

As you start setting your table, the first step is to get your linens in order. From chargers to table runners and every place mat in between, the fabrics of your dinner party setup will set the tone for your decorating vibe. Mixing patterns isn't just for your wardrobe these days, and home decor trends are weighing heavy on pairing different textures and patterns. One general rule of mixing prints? Be sure to base your patterns around one general color, so that your tablescape doesn't look too busy or loud.

This Black and White Textured Table Runner features detailed embroidery and darling tassels. Staying on theme with the black and white color scheme, these Chindi Place Mats complement the tribal print with simple stripes and knotted fringe. The blending of black, gray, and olive colors adds dimension to your tablescape. Last, but certainly not least, we must not forget about the most important linen of all: the napkins. Get creative with your selections, alternating the design with each setting. We chose the Charcoal Gray Hexagon Sketch Print and the Black and Taupe Dotted Stripe variations to take our space to the next level. Have you ever seen a linen pairing so perfect? Us either.

Set the Table:
Black and White Textured Table Runner with Tassels: $34.99
Olive and Gray Stripe Chindi Placemats Set of 4, $27.96
Charcoal Gray Hexagon Sketch Print Napkins Set of 4, $7.96
Black and Taupe Dotted Stripe Napkins Set of 4, $7.96

World Market dining set with white bowls, rose gold flatware, and stoneware dinnerware photo

It's Time to Eat: Darling Dinnerware

You can't have a dinner party without the food, and therefore upgrading your dinnerware is an absolute must. When choosing a new spread of dishes and flatware, it's important to consider your party decor while also complementing your everyday style. If you're going bold with your linens, don't be afraid to take it down a notch with your dishes. Neutrals are always a classic option, while textured designs will add a beautiful touch to your table.

World Market has a wide array of plates and bowls to choose from, such as these White Textured Stoneware Bowls. The different designs offer a unique look, while the off-white color brings a relaxed feel to your stronger accents. If you're looking for something with a little bit more color, pastel options are a nice way to incorporate vibrancy in a calm way. The Aqua Spinwash Dinnerware Collection feels light and breezy, with the unique finish and gently scooped edges. Pair it with this Rose Gold Twig Flatware, and consider yourself on your way to an elegant tablescape full of darling details and chic accents.

For Your Tasty Bites:
Small White Textured Stoneware Bowls Set of 4: $19.96
Aqua Spinwash Dinnerware Collection, $23.96 - $27.96
Rose Gold Twig Flatware Collection, $19.96

World Market stemware featuring wine glasses, tumblers, and goblets photo

Bottoms Up: Stemware You Need

You didn't think we'd forget about the stemware, did you? Arguably the most important component to any get together, having the proper glasses for your guests' beverages of choice is imperative. Whether you're serving mimosas at a holiday brunch or a glass of Chardonnay with dinner, keep your table decor on par with the rest of your party with top-notch drinkware selections.

But let's get back to that wine. Sophisticated and sleek, these Vintner White Wine Glasses will look stunning on any tablescape. If you're more of a red wine gal, these Recycled Stemless Wine Glasses are a lovely option. Avoiding spills and adding an unexpected flair to the table? Yes, please! Add in these cute little Malaga Water Tumblers to give your guests a stylish way to wash down your delectable meal, while incorporating a farmhouse feel to your dinner spread. And lastly, these darling etched Bee Glass Goblets are too precious for words. Serving up a mean cocktail with bumble bee embellishments will keep your guests talking long after dinner is over. Is it time to eat yet?

Drink Up:
Vintner White Wine Glasses Set of 6, $35.94
Recycled Stemless Wine Glasses Set of 4, $23.96
Green Malaga Water Tumblers Set of 4, $23.96
La Rochere Bee Glass Goblets Set of 4, $51.96

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