Let's face it – entertaining at home is no longer just about your guests, it's also about sharing online what you love. So, you want to make sure not only your food but your table settings really impress.
Corelle, known for their super durable, easy to stack yet stylish tempered glass dinnerware, have released three new designs, Modena, Dalena and Florentia – three unique styles to suit every foodie's taste. More than 2,000 patterns have been designed since the 1970s when Corelle was first launched into Australian homes.
Here, Corelle's Vice President of Global Design Tania Aldous shares her five key tips for choosing and styling your tableware.
Throw the rule book out "It's so much more fun mixing and matching patterns and shapes today for casual dining. Many patterns can be blended together on one table, or mixed with white ware," says Ms Aldous, an industrial designer who grew up in Australia and now works in the US.
"I particularly love starting with plain white table settings using different shapes, squares and rounds on the one table, then bringing in other patterns for bread and butter plates, serving bowls and accessories. I also love to put two table settings together and mix with vintage finds of the same colour as the patterns."
Pick a theme, colour family or occasion
For a contemporary feel you may wish to choose a geometric design such as Corelle's new look Modena (pictured right), inspired by natural fractals and angular contemporary elements or a particular colour. "I love Modena's geometric design paired with soft pink or peach colours and natural materials such as linen to juxtapose the angular lines with softer elements," says Ms Aldous.
"It's easy to mix and match when you have a theme in mind, then other accessories can be added such as serviettes or glassware."
Say it with flowers "Flowers say welcome and any flowers will dress a table, even a simple garden posy makes a meal special," says Ms Aldous. "While I love bright flowers, especially peonies, I'm particularly keen on succulents as table decorations for their subtle colour and intriguing shapes.
"Or you can just choose tableware with a floral pattern. Corelle's Dalena pattern was inspired by a trend we called Ethereal, a dreamlike, watery floral on a contemporary shape. We love flowers at Corelle, we're always exploring new ways to capture their beauty, and this design celebrates the mystery of flowers in ever popular blues and aqua colours."
Invest in different tablecloths or table runners
"At a pinch, a long centre table runner of brown paper, or even colourful wrapping paper can be used to set the mood of the table for a special themed dinner," says Ms Aldous. "It can also be rolled up later and recycled."
"Corelle's Florentia design is inspired by travels through Spain with its classic navy colours and is perfectly paired with strong, bright coloured tablecloths and contrasting serviettes, or it can bring sophistication to outdoor dining when the setting is paired with washed natural linens, oversized Sangria pitchers and weathered cutlery."
Choose an unusual centre piece
"You can use something from another part of the house or even use holiday travel souvenirs and build a setting around them for a special occasion," says Ms Aldous.
"Travel finds paired with vintage silverware can become conversation starters for beautiful meals shared with friends."
The new Corelle dinnerware designs are available through Big W nationally.
Modena 16-piece dinner set RRP $59 Dalena 16-piece dinner set RRP $89 Florentia 16-piece dinner set RRP $59
*some individual plates and bowls sold separately