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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


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. 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!


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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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!

  7. 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:(

  8. 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!

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

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

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

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Hey, I'm Will

Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.