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What's on the table?

Stylist Jasmine Jhaveri will tie up with Tranceforme, a home décor store for a workshop on table setting and design. In a quick chat, she lays bare her secret styling tips

  Being an interior stylist and having styled homes for over a decade, Jasmine Jhaveri had always considered table design as an integral part of her scope of work. “The Dining table is the heart of the house. It is here, that family and friends can come together to share good times and also create memories. Good food, good ambiance and good design indulge the senses and create great experiences.

High tea — Geisha setting
High tea — Geisha setting

Table styling takes hosting and entertaining to the next level and creates a great impression. Table design has a holistic approach in that sense and is vital as it encompasses table setting, table decor and food design,” shares Jhaveri. “A good design needs to perform to optimise its given functionality. It should create the wow effect, yet be simple and thorough — down to the last detail,” she reminds.

Jasmine Jhaveri setting it right
Jasmine Jhaveri setting it right

What’s in store?
At the workshop, participants can learn how to lay a formal and informal table setting, how to use different props and work with different shapes of tables, along with the basics of high tea — the kind of food that can be served and the order of serving, and techniques of table setting. Jhaveri will also give tips on creating centre pieces that never fail.

The Mediterranean setting
The Mediterranean setting

On: Today, 4 pm to 5 pm
At: Tranceforme, F-11, first floor, Laxmi Mills Estate, off Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi.
Cost: Rs 1,000

DIY

>> Determine the occasion and plan your menu. You may want to choose from formal or informal setting.
>> Design your table-scapes according to the tableware and be creative by mixing various textures, colours blocking, unique centrepieces, etc. Match-ey- match-ey is out. Create a visually arresting décor that is non-obstructive to the guests conversing at the dinner table.
>> Create your own signature table-scapes sharing photos of family holidays, memorabilia collected from travels, and group them together in the centre.
>> Your guests’ comfort and them having a great time is the main focus. So, creativity in terms of food — taste and presentation, and ambiance created with music, lighting and décor are very important.

The Gold and the Glamorous setting

Trend setting
>>z Gold is the go-to colour for tabletop decor.
>> Fabrics like linen mixed with silk, jacquard and organza add visual appeal.
>> Playing with different crockery but sticking to similar forms and colour creates interest.
>> Marsala is the new black. Use it sparingly to add punch to a table setting.

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