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Read our ‘tablescaping’ ideas to set the table for the right mood.

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Set the Table, Set the Mood

Sitting down to a family meal is usually a casual affair. We seek comfort above all else – food being the exception. Now that is something all true-blue Singaporeans will agree with. 🙂

But seriously, if you are having guests over for a special occasion, why not set the table and take out from storage all that beautiful tableware set you bought ages ago?

There are at least 3 good reasons to take the trouble to ‘tablescape’:

  • Set the dining table right, and you set up your guests for a wonderful time.
  • As all our 5 senses contribute to the enjoyment of food, how it is presented to the eye contributes to its taste. (Budding cooks, take note 🙂 )
  • It is as great a time as any to show off your creativity.

Here are some tablescaping ideas to get you started:

Theming

Having a theme helps unify your ideas. How about a theme based on one colour, like choosing blue and using different shades and tones of it? You can easily have a coordinated look and need not worry about colour clashes.

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A harmony of blues

Plating

Play around with patterns and textures when selecting your dining ware but keep in mind the theme. If you plan to set an Asian table, use rich reds, royal blues and golds for a traditional look. A Scandi-inspired table? Choose white and neutral coloured plates and set them on rushed mats, like the setting below.

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A Scandi-licious setting

Accessorising

Table runners protect your dining table top and though not absolutely essential, they can lend that final finishing touch to your table setting. From lace to silk to satin, there are so many choices. So pick one that goes with your theme. The same goes for place mats, which can also reduce the noise from the tableware and cutlery – cool huh?

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Placemats lend extra elegance

And finally, depending on your theme, some fresh or rustic flower arrangements can be used as a centrepiece. Or place candles in clear holders as another option.

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Candles for a cosy setting

Hope we have got you excited about setting your table and given you a great start!

Do you have other cool ideas for creative tablescaping? Drop us an email at mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg 🙂

By Priya Shandhini
September 27, 2016


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Try out this fun and easy nail polish dip trick to create pretty mugs!

Hands On!

DIY Watercolour Mugs

If you happen to have a couple of plain white mugs stashed away, bring them out of storage and turn them into an art piece with your old nail polishes!

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These watercolour mugs are fun and easy to do. And they make the perfect, homemade gifts for friends and family!

For this project, you will need:

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• Mugs
• Nail polishes
• Warm water
• A container that is deep enough to dip the mugs in (I used a disposable aluminium tray)
• Satay sticks (or toothpicks)
• Kitchen towel

STEP 1

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Fill the container with warm water.

STEP 2

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Drip a few drops of the nail polish into the water. You can use as many colours as you like, but you have to work fast as the nail polish will harden in the water.

STEP 3

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You can use the toothpick to create some swirls in the water but it is fine to leave it as it is. It is up to you how you want to create the pattern.

STEP 4

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The most fun part – dip your mug into the water! You can dip it in any way you like! Slanted, vertical, or horizontal, however you prefer.

STEP 5

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TADA! Isn’t it gorgeous?

If you are not happy with the outcome, you can just wipe off the mug with a nail polish remover and start all over again.

STEP 6

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Once you are done with the dipping, turn the mug upside down and let it dry on the kitchen towel for at least 4 hours. And you are done!

If some nail polish gets inside of the mug, you can remove it with nail polish remover once it is dry. Remember to wash the mug before you start using it!

Oh yes, these mugs can only be hand washed and are not dishwasher-safe. Even if you do not intend to use them for drinking, I think they look great as decorative holders.

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Give it a try and share your creation with us by tagging #MyNiceHome on Instagram.

If you have other crafty suggestions, do let us know via mynicehome@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg or Facebook page.

By LF Shen
September 22, 2016


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