Summer is the perfect time for entertaining with family and friends and setting a beautiful table goes a long way to creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

When it comes to table styling, attention to detail can make all the difference, allowing your own personal style to run wild in an effortless and decorative way.

Choose table linens, dinnerware, cutlery, vases, flowers, candles and glassware that will create the inviting atmosphere you want to achieve through colour, texture and functionality.


Laura Gaffney and Ciara Doyle, sisters and founders of Lil & Co Home, have put together their top tips for creating timeless table styling: their approach is to make the setting look effortless with no strict rules.

1. Start with a tablecloth or table runner to lay the foundation of your table-scape. During the summer, we love to use our Watercolour print tablecloth (€109) with its subtle colours but you also can't go wrong with a crisp white tablecloth (€100) that can be used all year round.

2. Create a centrepiece by adding flowers in a nice vase. If your table is big enough, you can sprinkle smaller vases with flowers across the table to create a more interesting look.

Mosaic Table Runner

3. Add height and depth with candles and pretty glassware. Candles are always a must for us at a dinner table. They help to add different heights to the table but also, when lit, they help set the mood and bring a warm inviting atmosphere through the soft lighting.

4. Add in layers, texture and colour with placemats and linen napkins to complete the look.

Light Grey Pom Pom Trim Placemat

5. Mix and match your serve ware, adding interesting pieces in different colours and materials.

6. Be prepared – the more you plan ahead, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the time with your guests!