Hosting with style!
by Julie Lapointe, decor stylist
To me, the art of hosting is all about doing it with style and without hassle. No need to arrange a snooty, hoity-toity table to impress guests. Aim for a friendly, approachable presentation that will encourage your guests to stay at the table for hours and enjoy a fun, memorable night. Create a decor that matches your personality by playing around with fabrics and textures.
Layering is a simple trick that can make your table stand out by making use of things you already have. You can make a tablecloth or standard, basic plates and bowls stand out with just a few original add-ons. For example, you can cover a natural linen tablecloth with assorted placemats or a textured table runner, which will delimit each guest’s place or the central serving station. And have fun with the dishes, too – place a beautiful salad plate or a colourful bowl on a basic, solid-coloured plate. Don’t be scared to pair different prints, especially if they’re in the same colour palette.
Join in on the fun with your guests and fill your menu with shareable dishes. This type of meal is all the rage right now. Make the food ahead of time and bring it all to the table at the same time –with a bit of creative flair, of course! To present your guests with a beautiful, abundant table that will make their mouths water with anticipation, whip out your most beautiful serving dishes and plates. Skip the elaborate centerpiece and let the food and serving dishes steal the show. And make sure your dishes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate with edible flowers and colourful vegetables.
Use the same strategy for dessert! Avoid constantly getting up to grab things from the kitchen by bringing everything you need ahead of time at the table. For example, bring an assortment of teas and herbal teas along with a few treats on a platter with cups, plates and spoons. After the main course, all you’ll need to do is bring said platter to the table with a teapot full of hot water for every guest to serve themselves according to what strikes their fancy. And hey, you’ll have avoided yourself some work along the way!
With these simple tips, you’ll be ready to host in style Never forget the most important thing is to get together and spend time with your family and friends. Get your loved ones together for a meal and create unforgettable memories!
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- Placemat: $3.98
- Colourful bowls, Large: $5.98 / Small : $3.98
- Wooden charger plate: $9.98
- Large black serving bowl: $12.98
- Patterned soup bowl: $5.98
- Mug with tea strainer: $8.98
- Hermetically-sealed pot: $9.98
Julie Lapointe, stylist
As a multidisciplinary stylist, Julie Lapointe knows how to share her creativity and create unique decorative arrangements that will easily fit into your daily life.
In the past 10 years, she collaborated with various media and is now a monthly columnist/designer for the magazines Coup de Pouce and Les idées de ma maison in which she creates stylish home decors, as well as in the Journal de Montréal in which she writes as a shopping expert.
Always on the lookout for new trends, she evolves in this unique world of design with great style and elegance.