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Table Talk

Set the table, serve up your favourite seasonal dishes and invite friends and family over to celebrate summer. We asked stylist and supper club host Kirthanaa Naidu to serve up a seasonal tablescape for us, using the little black book of indie brands that she calls on to elevate every meal.

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Trending: Sunny Side Up

“Yellow feels very spring fresh, signalling a long-awaited change of weather,” says Kirthanaa. Pay homage to the changing season with your tablescape, pairing zesty hues with crisp white ceramics and textured accessories. Keep the whole affair from looking too formal by clashing checks big and small, and playing with a multitude of tones.

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Trending: The Colour Clash

There’s no room for wallflowers this season: summer is all about bright and bold colour, kitsch details and clashing prints. The key to refining more-is-more maximalism? “A good tablecloth is essential to an impactful tablescape,” Kirthanaa says. “Look at the colour and print and build out your decor from there.”

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The Easy Art of Table Dressing with Kirthanaa Naidu

In 2020, when Kirthanaa Naidu was furloughed from her events job in the charity sector, the foodie followed her passion for cooking and wound up becoming Instagram’s favourite tablescaping stylist. Fast-forward two years and she has over 10,000 followers, one viral Pandan Cheesecake recipe, and is on the judging panel of the Great Taste Awards. We sat down with the stylist to chat moodboards, margaritas and Moroccan glassware.

“Setting the table is a therapeutic process, where I can take my time to focus on creating a beautiful, harmonious, and - most importantly - welcoming environment for people to enjoy.”

Which fail-safe recipe do you turn to when hosting?

“Panna cotta is the perfect pudding for dinner parties. It’s incredibly easy to make, can be prepared within 10 minutes and left to rest in the fridge until ready to serve. I love a classic, cooked with good quality vanilla, a touch of salt and served with a homemade berry coulis.”

And your cocktail of choice?

“Always something sour, so I’ll have to go with a margarita with tajin on the rim - it packs a punch with a combination of chilli and lime. I serve mine in a tumbler with some ice.”

“A good tablecloth is essential to an impactful tablescape - I build everything else out from there.”

Which independent brands caught your eye when styling our spring tablescapes?

“I love the texture of Projektityyny’s Leinikki Gingham Embroidered Tablecloth. The way it falls is so natural - don’t bother ironing it, as it adds to that lived-in, country home look. The frills frame the table beautifully, too. A good tablecloth is essential to an impactful tablescape; I look at the colour and print and build everything else out from there.

The White Ruffled Plates from Just So Interiors are a lovely statement piece that will elevate any table. I also use Le Verre Beldi’s Recycled Moroccan Glasses for my supper club tables. They are affordable but unique in shape - a great staple glassware to have, especially for those margaritas!”

Curate Your Spring Table

Build your table setting with impress-your-guests tablecloths, cocktail-ready glassware and bud vases.

Trending: For the Frill of It

Ruffles, frills, flounces…it’s time to embrace the new wave of dramatic details in your tabletop decor. From scalloped-edged cake stands and tablecloths with gathered hems to plates reminiscent of seashells, frills are the easiest way to add some movement to your tablecape.

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Perfect Your Tablescape in 4 Easy Steps

Read Kirthanaa’s four key tips for creating a low-key table your guests won’t forget.
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Read Kirthanaa’s four key tips for creating a low-key table your guests won’t forget.
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