Tablescape 101: An Indian Inspired Soiree

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I indulged in my obsession with aquamarine and Eastern patterns to host an Indian-inspired soiree for this month’s Tablescape 101 post. A colour palette of blues accented with burnt orange felt perfect to embrace the transition into Fall. With several strong hues like burnt orange I was keen add a few delicate touches to the scheme, which I did with watercolour stationery by Jenna and Elizabeth from Little Bit Heart. I especially loved the menus that were in watercolour print and mounted on mini canvases sprayed in gold – such a great idea! It can be impractical it can be to buy all new items for each gathering, so reuse, repurpose, switch an item for a new one or change up the centerpieces and you have a fresh look. For this table’s centrepiece I simply arranged Baby’s Breath (super affordable!) in three vases that I already had, and then added burnt orange Calla Lilies and tangerine Orchids in tall cylinder vessels on either side. On the walls I hung paper fans in Eastern-patterns for visual interest and add some drama to the dining area. When I host an Indian-themed dinner I like to skip the over-popular ginger-infused cocktails, and make one using my favourite herbal tea. I brew tea with honey until it becomes thick and syrupy, pour into champagne flutes and top with bubbly. My final top tip is to avoid any scented candles near the table and food area because Indian cuisine is so aromatic and fragrant that it any scent will be lost. – Manvi

// Styling and photography by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo | Stationery by Little Bit Heart


  • Reply Sara @ LiteraryLima October 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    love the navy and burnt orange! makes me want to set the table. 🙂

  • Reply Naomi@DesignManifest October 4, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    How chic are you? I adore those napkin rings!

  • Reply Et tu, tutu? October 5, 2012 at 12:17 am

    This is so cute! And I love the descriptions you use to describe what you've done. I'd love to eat some butter chicken at this table!


  • Reply rachael adele October 5, 2012 at 12:37 am

    so in love with that table runner!

  • Reply Designwali October 5, 2012 at 1:24 am

    love the colour combo…and of course those little gold elephants rock.

  • Reply Vic Bibby October 5, 2012 at 3:40 am

    You had me at 'Indian'! That table runner is divine, and I have fallen for those little elephants, must find some. x

  • Reply Elements October 5, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Absolutely love all of it. I have a love of all things Global. I have to say one of my fave things of all the pics are those fans on the wall. Gorgeous.

  • Reply Preciously Me October 5, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Beautiful and blue & orange is one of my favorite combo!
    The little brass elephant is so cute 🙂

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt October 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    These colours are beautiful together and l love the pattern of that dinnerware. The calla lilies add the extra charm. Just lovely!

  • Reply Lauren October 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Aqua/Teal and burnt orange is one of my favorite color combinations! And you had me at Indian Tapas! My husband is half Indian and we were once so excited to be invited to an Indian friend's house for dinner (his mother in law was in town and cooking!) that we accidentally showed up a day early! Oops! The peacock colors in this tablescape are stunning.

  • Reply C.B. October 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I love the table runner, the peacock glasses and the small elephants (I have a smal collection of tiny elephants….I just can't resist them).

  • Reply Shirleyz October 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    We love orange and blue at Shirleyz- our favourite combination!

  • Reply Susan October 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    The flowers are beautiful!

  • Reply Tim October 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    OMG .. . I'm absolutely in love with this tablescape!! The orange and watery blue palette is so fresh and the hits of gold from accessories just add that extra special touch to the overall luxe setting.

    I certainly will look at babybreath in a whole new different way!And that navy blue runner … I'm ordering one right now!!

    Happy Weekend Mr!

  • Reply Anonymous October 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    It is a pretty blue and white tablescape..Sadly other than the tableware(blue and white pottery) and peacock glasses,there isn't much Indian inspiration to it:(

  • Reply thea mia October 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    Love the tablescape. Its full of life. It burst of colors.
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  • Reply Sarah Gunn October 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    So so pretty and that dinnerware is amazing. I can't believe it is from Pier One. And I just happen to have a gift card for there. Time to go shopping!

  • Reply Ice Beautiful October 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Lovely napkin rings and Celeste plates! Pretty color scheme! Just not sure about those paper fans on the wall . . .

  • Reply Paulette October 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Great Idea for a cocktail! Will have to try it.

  • Reply Elli October 5, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I love the cool dining decoration!!And this is more than cool Will!!Happy weekend!!!:)

  • Reply Alexa October 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Oh wow this is an incredible tablescape. Love all of the colors and patterns!

  • Reply louly October 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Gorgeous tablescape, love it all. And I'm happy that, for once, everything is available in Canada or for shipping to Canada 🙂

  • Reply Jessie October 7, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Beautiful tablescape. Love that gorgeous navy blue runner and ikat napkins!


  • Reply Aparna October 7, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I love the tiny elephants and how innovatively you have hung those ghungroos from the vase.

  • Reply Eleni October 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Love the blues and golds, it has a beautiful oriental flair without being overwhelming!

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