| 8.7°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Fine dining: How to perfect the art of the tablescape

What we once merely called 'setting the table' has been elevated to an Instagrammable craft as people seek to make the most of their homes post-lockdown, writes Meadhbh McGrath

Close

A tablescape from Orla Neligan

A tablescape from Orla Neligan

Orla Nelligan

Orla Nelligan

/

A tablescape from Orla Neligan

To say our social diaries aren't what they used to be is an understatement. Festivals have been cancelled, weddings have shrunk and nights out at the pub have been banned until at least the end of the month.

In their place, many of us have turned to socially distant dinner parties for catching up with friends and family. And although summer socialising looks a little different this year, it's also a lot more stylish thanks to the rise of tablescaping, the most fashionable lockdown activity of the season.

Tablescaping - the art of dressing your tabletop - has a long history, often traced back to the transition in the late 1700s from service a la Francaise, the aristocratic practice of laying all the dishes out at once, to service a la Russe, when meals were served course by course.