Updated: May 5, 2020
A couple weeks ago I had the best time collaborating with The Home Design & Remodeling Show on the inaugural launch of #diningup, a quarantine trend akin to dressing up. And, I'm recapping it for all of you because I am nice like that. And nothing brings me more joy than to see families around the dinner table making memories, getting a little fancy and listening to your favorite playlist.
The ironic part? This is NOT about the food. Yes, the food matters. But, it's more about the overall experience from setting a theme to styling the table. Without further ado, here are 6 ways to elevate your at-home dining experience. And I included all of the products below so you can shop direct should you love anything you see!
1. Create a theme. Whether you are dining solo or with your kids, creating a theme helps set the overall tone. Do you want energetic and fun? Romantic and moody? So much of setting the foundation determines the outcome, especially when it's intentionally done. I came across the Clare V. for Anthropologie collection and the second I saw these plates, that defined my theme: energetic French.
2. Dress up. Yes, what you put on is going to really impact this dinner. You've seen it everywhere (speaking to the ladies right now) how more and more people are putting on nice clothes or their work clothes, despite staying home all day, because of the impact it has on their mood. Well, this is no different. So, I busted out my 40th birthday dress and the crowd went wild. No for real. If you want it, I've linked it here AND it's 40% off. #yourewelcome
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