Setting the Table for Love

Setting the table for love is an invitation to connect deeply with yourself and the ones you love. Sharing time with loved ones and being present with them creates rich moments to warmly remember. When you gather, whether it’s just you, for two, or a larger gathering, consider setting your table as a way of expressing your heart. Whatever you choose, be guided by your heart and have fun setting the table for love.

Ideas to Set the Table for Love

Mood – What is the overall mood you want to create? Maybe it’s dreamy, sultry, bright, playful, simple, cozy. The mood you choose will inspire your tablescape design.

Dress – Dressing the table could be use of tablecloths, placemats, runners, or a bare look. Let your imagination run free and go with what is attractive to you.

Napkins – Consider texture and patterns of napkins — paper, cloth or linen, napkin rings, bold colors or subdued, use of patterns or a minimalistic look.

Centerpieces – Centerpieces or small details arranged on the table can be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Flower arrangements (I prefer shorter flower arrangements so I can see people across from me at the table) flower petals, vases, candles, or even small bites of food such as olives, nuts, or cheeses are attractive.

Seating – Styles of chairs can help set the mood. Cozy and comfy, refined and elegant, or even use of pillows on the floor can be playful and intimate, depending on what mood you want to create.

Aromas – Aromas will support your mood such as scented candles, diffusers with a beautiful scent, or maybe the food you serve could be the wafting aroma in the air. Check out How to Discover your Flavor Love Language that speaks of flavor. When using scented candles, use scents that support the overall mood you are creating, such as earthy and rooted scents for warm and cozy settings or citrus and floral scents for bright and playful settings.

Colors/Shapes – Whites, neutrals, cool or warm shades, bold and bright patterns, round plates, angular shaped plates. The palette of colors and shapes are exciting to explore.

Ideas – check out social-studies.com for inspiration. You can browse, rent, or buy complete tablescapes for your next gathering.


Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life”

MAYA ANGELOU

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