For me, setting the most beautiful table I can is an act of love. It is my way of showing the guest how much I appreciate them. It’s my way of thanking them for being in my life.” — Filipa de Abreu. Photo courtesy of Filipa de Abreu.

New and from the archives, our favorite interior designers and entertainers share their tips for setting the perfect table, be it big, small or even in the middle of the forest. Browse the slideshow below for a sampling of the best table setting tips, from choosing the right color palette to patterned linen backdrops.


Photo credits in order of appearance: Claiborne Swanson Frank; Noa Griffel; Charlotte Barnes; Noa Griffel; Social Studies; The Tomorrows; Filipa de Abreu; Eva Schwank.

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