We asked event designer Ty Kuppig, of Tyger Productions
, to share some of his best tabletop decorating ideas. Read below for his professional tips on everything from determining a color scheme to dinner party etiquette. You can also see Ty in our new video series; he's talking decorating with three different color palettes
and giving easy on instructions on creating a window seat
1. When designing a tablescape, where should you start?
Begin by considering how many guests you'll be entertaining. Then lay out seating at the table and get a sense of how much space you have to work with—both between guests and in the center of the table. Approaching your design from this perspective will save you time and stress.Tip!
To determine how many guests you can fit around your table, place chargers or dinner plates on the table to help you visualize. As a general rule, a minimum of 24 inches of space (elbow to elbow) at each setting ensures your guests will be comfortable.