Ina Garten’s Best Tip for Decorating Your Dining Table

updated May 24, 2019
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It’s easy to look through Pinterest and label yourself as uninspired, not crafty, or a total failure (no, just me?). Let’s take gorgeous dining table settings as an example. How many times have you seen some crafty, chic thing that some blogger created for their Thanksgiving table? How many times have you seen a beautiful place setting that you know must have cost your entire paycheck and then some?

Well, I’m here to tell you it doesn’t need to be like that. Ina Garten — our patron saint of all things entertaining and food — has given us her approval for simple, casual dining settings. If I can do this, you can do this.

Yesterday Ina Garten posted a simple table setting to Instagram and explained why and how it worked. She explains that the easiest way to create a stylish centerpiece is simply to find one flower you love, get a bunch of them, and put them in water glasses. She describes this centerpiece as “simple and elegant,” and I think that anyone who looks at the table would agree.

How easy is that? You can totally do that, right? Same. Focus your attention on the food and the people around your table instead.

Other (Not-as-Easy) Ways to Set a Table