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Impress Guests! 5 Tips For A Rustic Australian Table Setting

Impress Overseas Guests! 5 Tips For A Rustic Australian Table Setting

Australia may be famous internationally for our impressive BBQ skills, but we know how to put on an elegant native spread too! Take the very best of the local produce and whip up a culinary storm. Here, Temple & Webster’s Senior Stylist and Resident Foodie, Jono Fleming, shows you how to create an Australian table setting you wont find in any other corner of the globe. You beauty!

1. Find Your ‘Blank Canvas’

Start with a rustic timber surface, which will provide your base for a relaxed dining feel. This could be your old timber outdoor table, which has been lying out in the rain.

Impress Overseas Guests! 5 Tips For A Rustic Australian Table Setting
Photographer: Denise Braki

2. Consider Colour

Think about what colours will complement your dish. This colour palette was inspired by Australian natives and flora – which compliments the tableware and styling elements. Florals are a crucial part of any table setting, really bringing the table to life. Head to your local florist to get some beautiful natives, such as blush pink banksia or blossoming gum.

3. Add Balance With Your Centrepiece

The centrepiece doesn’t have to just be about the wow factor – it can be a mixture of timber textures, bowls and platters that let the flowers be the centre of attention. A mixture of fresh fruits and nuts make for great extra styling moments on the table, and best of all, are edible!

Impress Overseas Guests! 5 Tips For A Rustic Australian Table Setting
Photographer: Denise Braki

4. Be Playful & Relax

The Australiana table is a rustic, casual affair. Don’t get too hung up on having everything match or be the same size. Mix up the bowls, plates and textures and keep it loose. A mixture of eucalyptus coloured stoneware and soft grey plates take inspiration from colour palette.

Impress Overseas Guests! 5 Tips For A Rustic Australian Table Setting
Photographer: Denise Braki

 5. Add Finishing Touches

Before you pop the bubbly, add a final bit of sparkle to the table setting with some metallic touches like some rose gold cutlery. This will add a final bit of polish to the rustic table and really set the scene for a long Australian lunch.

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Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

In 2003 Franki immersed herself in all things teen as Deputy Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of teen Bible DOLLY magazine. Following this, Franki was made Editor of COSMOPOLITAN Hair & Beauty, COSMOPOLITAN Pregnancy and COSMOPOLITAN Bride magazine, where she held the helm (and tiara) for more than 10 years. Franki was also the launch editor of COSMOPOLITAN Health magazine, and is an accomplished Homes Editor and Travel Editor, covering honeymoon destinations, family travel, luxe abodes and health retreats. Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.

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