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This Stylish Tableware Range Is Perfect For Spring

New Irish brand The Designed Table aims to bring a splash of fun to proceedings.

Brighter days are on the way and with a bit of luck, we'll all be able to enjoy time with friends and family around a dining table - or picnicking outside.

An elegant new Irish tableware company has launched just in time to add a splash of colour to any gatherings. The Designed Table is the brainchild of Kildare-based PR and events pro Tara O’Connor. She’s taken her decades of experience in events and her love of entertaining and created a chic range of table linens and accessories. Each piece is designed by O’Connor in Ireland and made in India by compliant manufacturers.

The brand has launched with four lines. The Pantone Collection is made up of linen and cotton mix placemats, napkins and table runners in a palette of green, navy, yellow and grey. The Print Collection has three cotton print designs, Botanical, Dali and Hydrangea, while the Check Collection features ginghams in green and navy. Then there’s the Jaipur Collection which includes a trio of hand-designed cotton block printed tablecloths in Indian-inspired prints.

Prices start from €40 for a set of four cotton napkins; €24 for a set of four napkin rings and €35 for a table runner, while tablecloths are priced from €65 to €120. 

O’Connor’s top tips for the perfect table, when we’re free to entertain again.

  • Have some fun - don’t be afraid to mix colours and patterns. 
  • Pick your flowers first. Small vases in the middle of the table work great with flowers at different heights. For a more formal table, use symmetrical flowers. Hydrangeas always make a statement and we're coming into peony season too. 
    Where possible, buy your flowers closed and leave overnight in a cold room before placing on your table. 
  • When it comes to dressing the table, start with your tablecloth or add a runner down the centre of the table. Add placemats on top of your tablecloth to create depth. If you’re serving an antipasti starter, add your starter plate. Don’t add layers of plates you have to take away when people sit down. 
  • Pop a napkin in a napkin ring or as a nice fold onto your plate or placemat. And don’t forget your wine and water glasses.
  •  If you want to do place names, leaves, lemons, limes and pomegranates are fun ways to display them – just have a gold sharpie on hand!

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