Tabletop Ideas

Dining alfresco opens up lots of creative possibilities. After all, the sky is literally the limit. So enjoy the freedom and have fun. Here are a few tips for creating stunning, fuss-free tabletops.
Dining alfresco opens up lots of creative possibilities. After all, the sky is literally the limit. So enjoy the freedom and have fun. Here are a few tips for creating stunning, fuss-free tabletops.

Use the Space

Think of your table as a landscape and use the entire area. Contrary to its name, a centerpiece doesn’t have to be a single piece. Clustering several table torches, candles and vases together can create a striking focal point. Place other decorative accents along the length of the table and remember to vary their heights. Stay away from elements that are so tall or obtrusive that they restrict eye contact between guests. Choose items that are conducive to good conversation, like TIKI® Brand Clean Burn™ Firepieces. They have a clean flame that produces dramatically less soot and smoke when used with Clean Burn™ Torch Fuel. Great for keeping people connected.

Count Your Colors

Designers recommend picking three main colors: a primary color, a secondary color and an accent color. Too many colors can be dizzying. Too few can be dull. You can use napkins, candles and small table torches to provide pops of color against neutral tablecloths and plates. Or you can go all out and let bold colors play a more dominant role. Many of our citronella candles and table torches come in color trios that provide a contemporary palate for any gathering. Remember to mix solids and patterns. And if you’re really confident, go ahead and mix patterns with other patterns.

Mix Textures and Styles

Mixing textures and styles can add excitement and balance to your table. For example, modern metal accents stand out against natural elements like wood, stone and clay. Round TIKI® Brand Clean Burn™ Firepieces contrast beautifully with square dinnerware, a spiky floral arrangement or woven rattan placemats.