Hi friends! Over the weekend I gave a workshop on table styling at Dagen Zonder Vlees Tafelt in collaboration with Dille & Kamille. Today, I recreated this tabletop and am sharing some of the tips I gave to make your tabledeco a little more sustainable. The reason I chose this topic was because Dagen Zonder Vlees (which translates to Days without meat) encourages people to go veggie for 40 days. They have organized this campaign for the past 6 years here in Belgium, but this year they wanted to kick things off with a food festival, with foodtrucks, readings and workshops to really bring the campaign to life.
My workshop focussed on hosting and table styling, and I took advantage of the occasion to think about how you can factor in sustainability when you are hosting a dinner party, or host them regularly. Of course, this is trial and error and if we were to fully commit to creating zero waste, it would be best to skip all the fluff (like nametags) and stick to the necessities. But nonetheless: here are some things that are worth taking into consideration!
- Think outside the box and have your items multitask! Use your cutting boards as placemats, save your jam pots to use as candle holders. Save glass bottles to serve as vases or candlesticks. Don’t have six cotton napkins? Maybe you do have six cute kitchen towels that can double as napkins.
- Invest in reusable items. Dille & Kamille has the cutest selection of dried flowers. You’ve seen these before in my kitchen and bedroom, thus proving my point that they are super versatile and you don’t have to worry about them staying fresh! Another thing I like to do is add houseplants to the table (or airplants) because you can enjoy them long after your dinner party has finished, and use them again for the next one! Examples here and here. If you’re like me and you like a lot of plants on the table: consider eucalyptus or lavender. Eucalyptus lasts super long and dries well, and you can hang it in the shower to battle a cold (and it smells incredible too). Dry lavender makes your closets and clothes smell wonderful.
- Use edible products as deco. It’s even better if you use local produce, which I didn’t, but I made an exception for lemons because they are so versatile and I actually use them year round, both for cooking and cleaning. The downside is there is no such thing as a locally grown lemon in Belgium and they always have to travel quite far, the upside is that cleaning with lemons is better for the environment than chemicals. Other fruit and veggies that work well: artichokes, pomegranates, apples, small pumpkins,… depending on the season.
- Invest in a neutral set of china & glasses. I am so guilty of owning too much in this category, and if I could do it all over again my first set of matching plates would be a very simple black or white, minimal with no frills at all. This is super versatile and allows you to get creative with the accessories you use on the table, or allows you to mix and match with your grandparent’s china for a more modern effect.
- Skip the paper towels. Use cotton napkins. They’re reusable and as an extra bonus they look so much fancier on your table! Keep an eye on the blog for a few tips on how to fold them!
Cutting Boards // Plates // Table Cloth // Napkins (unavailable online but red here) // Glass jars // Water glasses // Wine glasses // Cutlery // Water bottle// Name tags // Hang tags // Bowl // Candles //Candlesticks // Plants // Pots // Dried flowers // Scissors // Towel // Rope