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Tabletop Accessories

No one wants a messy dining table but if it’s in constant use, it’s bound to get so – condensation from glasses, coffee spills, pan scorches, slops and splatters from eagerly eaten meals are just some of the potential messes to deal with. But a few extra tabletop accessories will do their best to combat this. A few coasters, here, some napkins there and trivets for hot pans when dishing up and your table will stay clean, tidy and beautifully put together for a little longer.

What tabletop accessories do I need?


Coasters are the most simple and effective table accessories to invest in, and they don’t have to always sit on the table; they can be moved around the house to wherever you’re most likely to enjoy a drink. But if their main home is on the table, think about how the coasters you choose will fit with the rest of your dining table linen and accessories. There are so many designs to choose from – you could go clean and modern with glass coasters, fun and quirky with personalised coasters, bright with patterned coasters and a bit more rustic with wooden or even slate coasters.

Trivets are like much larger coasters, protecting surfaces from hot pans, and can be made in cork, silicone, metal or wood. Trivets are really useful for the kitchen and dining area as serving up food from a hot pan can be tricky if left on the hob, so it’s usually necessary to move the pan or dish to the table or a worktop. Some surfaces will be ruined by very hot pans or dishes, though, so a trivet will protect the surface below from damage.

Napkin rings are also useful for keeping everything on your dining table tidy and tip top. Napkins are part of the classic table setting and are essential for keeping laps spill free and mouths clean, so if they’re going to be a permanent feature of your table you’ll probably want them to look neat and tidy themselves, too. Napkin rings come in all sorts of designs and are used to keep napkins rolled up when not in use. Choose classic silver, contemporary wood, elegant gold or copper, or a unique design to reflect your personal style.

Finally, if you’re planning a few dinner parties or a big sit-down meal for a wedding or event, then your table decorations won’t be complete without place cards. A set of place card holders will ensure your beautifully written place cards will stay displayed elegantly on each place. Pick delicate heart designs, butterfly shapes, leaf motifs or other cute designs for your place card holders.
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