Easy Entertaining

We all want to create a stunning yet relaxing environment for entertaining family and friends, whether this is indoors or outside, but is it really too much effort to achieve? Need help? Take a look at our top tips for easy entertaining and getting that WOW factor effortlessly.

Table Staples

We always have a table cloth/table runner to hand to add colour. These are easily stored and don’t need to be expensive.  Why not make your own from a piece of fabric (old curtains, quilt covers etc. make great table covers and napkins).

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Check out these links for a great selection of table setting ideas. https://www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g733/spring-table-settings-0209/



Don’t worry if your crockery doesn’t match, this can add to the charm of informal entertaining.  In some instances, this is the best way to create interest to a table.


We find it’s best to have a variety of glasses on offer i.e wine glasses, tumblers for water, champagne flutes etc. and have plenty of infused water available (the infusions add a subtle hint of flavour to the water).

water, lemon, lime, mint, refreshing, fresh, jug, glassware


If you are having an informal gathering then whether the cutlery matches or not is irrelevant, however if you are having a formal get together then it would be advisable to have a collection of matching crockery and cutlery to add an elegant air to the celebrations.

Table Centre Pieces

Add the rich colours and patterns of Morocco to your table with this lantern which is a great way to light up late summer evenings.

Morocco, lantern, gems, fretwork

Freshly cut flowers in unusual vases dotted around or down the centre of the table look stunning and can be easily removed for extra table space.

flowers, purple, lilac, white

If you would like more inspiring ideas for your home or garden check out our pages https://thegiftcafe.co.uk/collections/home-and-garden.


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