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My top tips for styling your Christmas tablescape

My top tips for styling your Christmas tablescape

Whether your hosting your meal on Christmas Day or at some stage before Christmas these tips are the tips I'll be using this Christmas. 

This Christmas I'll be entertaining at home with my family including my parents. I'll serve lunch at 3pm which will go on for a couple of hours of course! My aim is for everyone to enjoy themselves and that I can join in on the fun too and be present. 

I'm a big planner and a fan of writing lists, without them I don't think I'd be as efficient!  My advice would be to start writing a list now for what you need to do:

-  Plan out your meal, how many courses, write your shopping list. 

-  Two days before (or when works for you) make sure all glasses are cleaned (ie no water marks). And check your dinnerware. 

- The day before, purchase your flowers for your centrepiece. Get the house ready so you're not rushed cleaning on the morning. 

- Plan your tablescape (this is when the fun starts!) 

1. Choose a theme and stick to it. The theme you choose will give you direction on how to style your tablescape. Go big, it's Christmas! You can find some ideas at hostarotableware.com under tablescapes button. 

2. When choosing your theme make sure your dinnerware compliments your theme. If you're on the look out for special dinnerware that will go with your theme you still have time to purchase from Hostaro. Purchase before 22nd December.  Either 16 piece dinner set white with gold rim | Ballet OB | Hostaro Tableware or Infinity Gold Dinner set | Hostaro Tableware works wonderfully with so many different themes. 

3. Choose your glassware. If you are going with a 3 course meal and you will be changing wines, you may want to include both red and white wine glasses at the table. If you are restricted on space, you can put just the one wine glass which would work for both red and white like our popular Red & white. wine crystal glass set of 6 | Hostaro Tableware. I generally like to play with the water glasses by adding a pop of colour and adding one of our coloured water goblets.

4. Check your cutlery to make sure you have enough for the amount of people you will be having. If you don't have enough cutlery for 3 courses, that's fine. You can either tell everyone to hold onto their cutlery or serve a buffet style meal with their cutlery on the buffet serving area too. Try and make it easy for your guests and for you, you don't want to be cleaning things after each course. 

5. Add layers and textures to create a different dimension to the table. Have you decided on your table linen? Would you like a full tablecloth or a table runner? And of course your napkins. These are not only practical for your guests but add depth to the table. Placemat of charger plate? Or both! Placemats are hugely popular and work wonderfully with any table setting. I do love using a charger plate for more special occasions. Here are a few options that you can still buy in time for Christmas if you purchase before 22nd December for delivery in Ireland.

Toile de jouy red cotton tablecloth 150x250 – Hostaro Tableware

Toile de jouy red cotton napkins set of 4 – Hostaro Tableware

Toile de jouy blue cotton tablecloth 150x250 – Hostaro Tableware

Toile de jouy blue cotton napkins set of 4 – Hostaro Tableware

French linen napkin (pack of 6) Dark Green | Hostaro Tableware

French linen table runner | Hostaro Tableware

Gold placemats in floral round shape set of 6 | Hostaro Tableware

5. Lighting, this is so important to set the ambiance and atmosphere of your event. I love to layer the table with candles including candle stick holders with tapered candles and votives / tea lights to give different heights throughout the table. Plus they add a lovely style to the table..

7. Centrepiece, when choosing your centrepiece or flowers thinking about the space you have on the centre of your table. If you don't have a large table you don't want to take away any needed space on the table. Also, think about height, you want to see your guests. Lastly, when choosing your flowers try and stick to the theme you've chosen so it ties in with the full tablescape.

8. Now for the finishing touches for your Christmas tablescape. We have some lovely Christmas decor that you can choose from. But also, if you'd like you can add pine cones and baubles to your tablescape to add that festive style, I find bows are lovely too. 

Finally for the big day. Write out your list on what to do for the day, write out your timings and when to make the courses. If you can plan in advance of the day and can prepare and freeze until the big day, even better. On the day dress your table first (or as early as you can), you don't want to leave it last as you may be rushed.  Then get ready, so you don't have to worry about you again. 

Once you have your table dressed, your family and the ambiance done you can get into the cooking and serve your wonderful meal. 

Have a wonderful Christmas, enjoy the day and the break. Thank you for all your support this year, you've all been wonderful.

Best wishes

Sam xx

 

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What is tablescaping or a tablesape?

What is tablescaping or a tablesape?

To some, tablescaping or tablescapes is a relatively new term and to others it has been known for nearly 20 years.  According to Wikipedia tablescaping is a portmanteau (a blend of two words) of table and landscaping, created by television chef Sandra Lee in 2003.

Tablescaping concept has been around forever though, we have just been used to using the term table setting. And tablescaping means so much more. It is a an artful, creative, and decorative way in dressing and styling a table for a meal or an event by using a theme to style around it.

From my passion of organising events, styling photoshoots and a love to entertain came the idea of Hostaro Tableware. The idea was to curate stunning tableware from around Ireland and Europe, that would be hard to find anywhere else. And style beautiful tablescapes, allowing customers to re create these looks in their own homes. Or allow them to add what they wanted into their shopping basket. And for some clients I create bespoke tablescapes.

Who can style a tablescape? Anyone can! You can get nice ideas and inspiration online either through Hostaro Tableware, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Here are 5 tips on how to design and style your perfect tablescape.

  1. Pick your theme.

This is important as it will define your whole style of the table. This could be the colour, an occasion, casual or formal. So many ideas for themes.

Hostaro Tableware Tablescape 

  1. Tableware

Choose your tableware to compliment your theme. For example, try not to use colours that won’t work with your theme.

Hostaro Tableware Image of a napkin on a plate

  1. Layer and textures

Building layers and textures on your table with a beautiful tablecloth, napkins, placemat, or charger plate. Layer up your dinnerware at the start of the evening to add depth to the table. 

Hostaro Tableware image of table linen

  1. Flowers

Flowers are a must for every tablescape. I love to get creative down the centre of the table and build some theatre around it. Either use a large floral centrepiece in the middle and not too high that it would obstruct your guests from seeing each other or use small vases down the centre with flowers. And finally add a small sprig of flowers to each place setting for that added touch. It could be lavender, small flowers or a bit of greenery. 

Hostaro Tableware floral centerpiece

  1. Décor

These are your finishing touches and are the pièce de résistance. Add tall, tapered candles and tea lights to the centre of your table, allow the different heights to give that layered and elevated effect. Add other tabletop decorations or ornaments to the table, even real fruit or vegetables like lemons can really help a table pop! Depending on the theme you could have a lot of fun around it. 

 

Hostaro Tableware table setting with decor

What will your beautifully styled tablescape do for your guests? From the get-go, your night will be a hit. You will have instantly made such an effort and your guests will feel so special and impressed by your efforts. You will wow them and set everyone in great form with great expectations for the night. You will also be in control as you will be well planned.

If you have an event coming up and you’d like some ideas or suggestions you can get in touch directly samantha@hostarotableware.com

 

 

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Seven ways how to place cutlery after dinner

Seven ways how to place cutlery after dinner

Dining in restaurants and at home is thankfully back, I'm delighted to say. I thought it would be fun to show you different ways on how leave your knife and fork during your meal. 

Some ways are really a really nice touch to add and it would be nice to show your appreciation to your host / server. 

Using a one course setting, we start off with your knife and fork at each side of the plate showing that you are ready to start. 

Hostaro Tableware table setting start

If you're like me I talk a lot and pause during my meal. This way shows your host or server that you are still eating. 

 

Hostaro Tableware Table setting pause

The next photo shows how you can tell your host or server that you are ready for your next course. 

 

Hostaro Tableware Table setting ready for next course

This is my favourite way showing your appreciation to your host or server that you were very happy with your meal. 

Hostaro Tableware Table setting excellent

 And of course the universal way of saying that you are finished,

Hostaro Tableware Table setting finished

I found these two ways recently that you can use if you're not happy with your food of service. It's handy if you don't want to bring too much attention to the issue. 

The image below is if you're not happy with your service.

Hostaro Tableware Table setting not happy

 And the final image below is if you're not happy with your food. 

Hostaro Tableware Table setting didn't like the food

So, next time you're out for dinner or dining in your family or friend's home try out a couple of these ways, and see if they recognize what message you wanted to say. 

 

 

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Seven tablescaping tips for the perfect summer tablescape

Seven tablescaping tips for the perfect summer tablescape

Summer has begun, al fresco entertaining is in full swing (in limited numbers) and we are beginning to be able entertain indoors (following regulations). Excuse all the caveats!

I’ve put together 7 of my top summer tablescaping tips on how to style the perfect tablescape.

1. Theme

Hostaro Tableware Summer Theme tablescape

Firstly, decide on the type of event you’ll be holding and plan ahead; Is it formal, informal, garden style, party, festive etc. This will help you decide on the look and theme of your tablescape. Let's think of a summer theme, I love the above image from our Herbariae Collection as it has such a summer vibe to it, perfect for both indoors and outdoors. 

2. Choose your dinnerware and glassware

Hostaro Tablware Herbariae tablescape shot for garden theme

I tend to choose my dinneware first and then build around it. Or if I've a new tablecloth I want to use or glassware I'll work around these to start building my look. For our Herbariae tablescape I used the Herbariae dinner set as my focus. I chose everything else after to compliment the entire look. 

3. Pick your colour

Hostaro Tableware colours

By now you will have some sort of colour palette from either your theme, dinnerware or glassware chosen. This is your next important decision which will create your perfect tablescape.  For our Herbariae tablescape we chose green, white and gold to be the colour palette . Have fun creating your own tablescape from the colours you choose. And it also helps you keep in check. I also like to mix dinnerware and table linen up and bring different colours that contrast well off each other. This will help the designs and colours pop up even more.

4. Plan

Hostaro Plan your tablescape and evening

Plan your meal, how many courses to make, if you are going formal, make sure you’ve enough cutlery and dinnerware for the different courses, different glassware including your water and different wine glasses. You also need to think practically so that everything goes seamless for you and that you’re not at the kitchen sink for most of the night cleaning the one course cutlery set you have or needing extra serving dishes. These are so important to make your night a success, so your guests can enjoy your company too. Plan ahead so you can arrange to have these on the night itself. Think where your serving dishes will go. Is there room on the table to put them in the center? Or clear away a large space on the counter or a table near the dining table so that the serveware can be placed after serving. You could make this space visually impressive too by dressing it with seasonal flowers, foliage and fruit.

5. Textures and layers 

 

Hostaro Tableware tablecloth

Build your tablescape with textures and layers. This is a game changer, from a nice table setting to a well thought out beautiful tablescape. Bring in new textures like table linen. You can layer your table linen with large tablecloths and a smaller tablecloth or runner to give that dramatic effect. I see trending more and more is using heavy pattered tablecloths and mixing a different colour for the napkin which can work really well with the right contrasting colours. I've used our fabulous summer cotton sateen tablecloth (in the high grass). Use placemats like the gold placemats that we used in this tablescape which are very popular and great for evening entertaining. Or charger plates which can be used as placemats giving that more formal look that sit under your dinnerplate. Bring in candle sticks, tea lights at different heights and strategically place them across your table with a thought out process. For our recent tablescape we used gold palm tree candlesticks and tealights. We placed the gold candle holders lengthways down the table and in between we placed the tealights. The lights will set your ambience which is what’s going to set the tone for your event.

 6. Table decorations

 

Hostaro Tableware decor

These are your finishing touches to your table. For summer vibes we have chosen our silver and champagne coloured artichoke and our gold palm trees candle sticks. Your tealights and candles of course will act as your finishing touches to your stunning tablescape. If you are sitting outside outdoor candles or led candles work really well. Have a blanket over each chair for your guest, this will give them comfort and warmth.

7. Floral display

Hostaro Tableware Floral display

Bringing flowers to the table is your finishing touch. Arrange a floral arrangement to put in the center of your table to compliment your colour theme or if you’re tight on space you can opt for smaller vases and place them across the table. Make sure that the flowers don't obstruct the view from your guests, you do want to talk to them! To finish off put a sprig of flowers like lavender or a flower from your floral display onto each setting either the napkin or the plate.

Here's a video of our recent tablestyling of our Herbariae Collection. 

If you would like to create your own bespoke tablescape please do get in touch with me samantha@hostarotableware.com  

 

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Hostaro Tableware

Create your own Constellation Tablescape at home

Love blue and gold? You will love this tablescape. 

We built this tablescape around the Constellation Dinner set . It's beautiful design showcases stunning dark blue stars on each plate as though it's a star filled sky. Each star has a touch of gold and has a gold rim on the outside and inside of each plate. We opted for a cobalt blue charger plate with a beautiful gold outer and inner rim, they really allow the plates pop off the table.

We sourced this stunning cotton sateen constellation tablecloth, which tells a story of ancient Greek legends with a map of the stars. What a talking piece to have at the dinner table!

To keep to the theme of blues and golds. We opted for our blue water goblets which are proving to be very popular. 

 

For the finishing touches we opted for our gold floral placemat to sit under the charger plate, adding to the constellation them, and let's the blues really pop. We chose the Aegean blue French linen napkin and our fabulous gold lined napkin rings.

And finally the finishing touches of a metallic silver and champagne artichoke, set of two tall gold candle holders adding height to the table. Finally our spotlight candles, they're made from porcelain with a beautiful gold disc, they come in different sizes adding layers to the table, you can get the one size or all three. 

The beauty about this is, that you can shop the entire look here at Hostaro Tableware or simply select the items you like. 

 

 

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Table stylist from Dublin, launches an online tableware store creating tablescapes and selling those looks online in time for Christmas.

Table stylist from Dublin, launches an online tableware store creating tablescapes and selling those looks online in time for Christmas.

November, 2020:  Founded by tableware stylist Samantha Ashe, Hostaro Tableware is a new Irish online store.  Located at hostarotableware.com, the new online store styles stunning tablescapes and sells those pieces online, allowing customers to recreate that look in their own home.  


The pieces featured in each table setting are carefully curated from stylish brands sourced throughout Europe, to bring attainable, luxurious, and on-trend pieces to Irish tables.  These pieces will be sold in seasonal collections, so that the customer can build on their own collection over time. 


#Tablescapes – or styled table settings - have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and with the recent pandemic the Irish have started to entertain more at home.  Hostaro will start off delivering to Ireland and the UK with free delivery to Irish customers when they spend over €75 and free for UK customers when they spend over €100.


Samantha Ashe says:  “I conducted a survey earlier this year, and it was interesting to discover that Irish people have started to entertain more at home during the pandemic.  Indeed, I found that this trend had begun even prior to Covid- 19.  And though the industry has been hit with Covid, some brands have actually found that their online consumer business had increased.”


“I feel that this year tablescapes have become increasingly popular especially during the global pandemic. I have always had a passion for doing this and worked hard on this idea through the lockdown. I was delighted to be able to launch this in time for Christmas.”


Hostaro launched at the beginning of October, 2020, when after a couple of weeks the country was set into level 5. This wasn’t the best time to launch a new business when the country had bigger things to worry about. 

She continues: “I’m optimistic that we will be able to enjoy Christmas with our loved ones, even if it is in smaller numbers. And I think we all need something to look forward to. All my pieces were bought with Christmas in mind. I have also launched a Christmas décor & gifts section where you can pre-order Christmas décor products.“ You can find these products at https://hostarotableware.com/collections/christmas


Samantha also offers a bespoke consultation service, where she will work closely with the customer to get an in-depth understanding on his/her needs and wants. She will develop a customised mood board inspired by the palettes and styles of the customers’ interiors. She will then source complementary pieces which the customer can purchase; in essence creating their very own bespoke perfect table setting. This service will be available for a special launch price of €250. This service can be offered virtually through a video call or Samantha can visit the person’s home for a small call out fee depending on the location. 


You can find high res photography of the Hostaro Tableware range here

Brands featured in Hostaro Tableware’s collection include:


Aida

Aida is a Danish brand that sets the daily dinner table with tableware, glassware, cutlery, kitchenware and giftware in a functional design and good quality at everyday prices. Hostaro Tableware has chosen their 16-piece gold cutlery set priced at €102.90 and gold serving salad spoon and fork for €29.40.


Alexandre Turpault 

Beautiful pure linen, weaved, dyed, and embroidered in France, with a stain release treatment for most of their products. Hostaro has picked a simple hemstitched linen table runner in two different sizes and napkins to match in a dark grey. Other colours and other sizes are available to order on request. Prices start for the table runner at €77.42. The beauty about linen is that it gets better with age and washes, making them ideal investment pieces. 


Caulfield Country Boards

A fantastic Irish brand, Caulfield Country Boards pride themselves on being a small, unique, family run, Irish business.  Their contemporary tableware and kitchen accessories are practical, charming and innovatively designed.  All their creations are designed and made in Co. Meath, from beautiful, sustainably sourced hardwoods. Hostaro has selected the Stag Paddle board selling at €49 and the Walnut cheese paddles which are sold in 3 different sizes starting at €21.56.


LSA International

LSA International, a well-known brand here in Ireland offers contemporary glassware and porcelain worked with traditional craftmanship, working with skilled artisans to experiment and push boundaries to create stunning and contemporary products. Hostaro has selected a number of products from their gin collections. Gin has become increasingly popular and the desire for big balloon gin glasses on a stem is on the rise.  The selection that Hostaro is selling starts from €35.28 for a set of 4 balloon gin glasses and high ball glasses for 2 is priced at €29.40.  


Luigi Bormioli

Luigi Bormioli glassware from Parma, Italy is single piece lead free crystal machine produced; they are world leaders in this field. The advantage of using a machine manufactured crystal is that it is not only more affordable but can be handled in a more liberal way including dishwashing where appropriate.  Hostaro Tableware has chosen the The Meravigliosi (The Marvellous) range. Each glass is produced with  the finest walls and stems that are just 5mm thick . They are also Titanium coated for additional strength. The crystal is sparkling and clear so you can appreciate and enjoy the real colour of your wine. This beautiful design is a best seller, allowing you and your guests to sit back and enjoy the feeling of the glass complimented with its flat base and long stem. These come in a range of sizes and styles including a stemless glass for those who prefer the glass without the stem. They are packed in sets of 6, stemless set of 6 is priced at €40.18 and the stemmed wine glasses start from €64.68.


NKUKU

At Nkuku (Nuh-ku-ku), they create beautifully handmade home and lifestyle products. They work with artisans throughout the world, combining timeless design with natural materials. Whether it’s the makers’ distinctive style, the character of the piece, the inspiration behind its origins, there’s always more to tell than meets the eye. Every product has a story... Hostaro has chosen stunning marble and mango wood serving / chopping boards. The weight in these really tells the authenticity of the products. Hostaro will sell three different types of these boards starting at €37.24.



Porcel

Made from fine Porcelain in Portugal, they are known for their whiteness in colour, with handed painted gold rim, shiny exterior and resistant.  Perfect for entertaining your guests or to give as a gift.  Porcel combines handmade tradition and technological innovation into the making of each piece resulting in high quality, elegant and creative dinnerware. Hostaro Tableware has chosen their white with gold rim dinner sets priced at €292.04 for a 16-piece set and their matching serveware starting from €73.50.


räder 

From Denmark, räder is one of the market leaders in the living accessories and gift items segment. With their products they arouse your longing for a piece of poetry in everyday life and the desire to give a special gift. They aim to awake your inspiration and joie de vivre with every single one of their items. The products sold from this collection are the Christmas collection. Really different timeless and elegant pieces. Including Porcelain lanterns with brass handles. They come in 4 different sizes, XS €20.75, S €29.07, M €67.55, L €83.15. White round porcelain unglazed large platter / centrepiece €51.95, Santa Christmas mug €23.87, Christmas tree bauble friends €13.47 each, candlelit nativity set €103.95, LED Christmas Tree and hanging balls from €25.95, Christmas hills candlelit scene €31.15.


Salt&Pepper

Salt&Pepper from the Netherlands is known for developing contemporary home accessories, consistently producing cutting edge ranges built on fashion, quality, and affordability.  Hostaro has chosen gold candle holders and napkin rings as accessories. They are sold in pairs to give the customer more bang for their buck. Two candle holders are priced at €19.60 and eight napkin rings at €29.40.


WMF 

WMF features old cutlery from Germany, which is supplied to hotels and catering companies globally. Hostaro Tableware has chosen this gold cutlery set for its customers. The pieces featured are 18/10 cutlery pieces which they then coat with PVD.  WMF will give Hostaro’s customers 12 months guarantee on their products. The cost for a 28 piece set is priced at €362.60.  

About Samantha Ashe:

Samantha Ashe is a married mum of two young boys from Dublin, and is passionate about entertaining at home and creating that perfect table setting. Samantha’s background is in Marketing and Events.  Most recently, she acted as Marketing Consultant for brands including Cuisine de France, and Marketing Manager for Fields the Jeweller.

After 20 years working in marketing, events and styling photoshoots she decided to start up Hostaro Tableware and work on something she loves and is passionate about.  She wanted to offer a complete tableware service to her customers, by styling table settings and curating tableware from around Europe. 

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Easter Bunny Ears Napkin Folding ideas

Easter Bunny Ears Napkin Folding ideas

We have been working on tasteful ideas on how to style your Easter tablescape. Here at Hostaro Tableware we have recorded two videos on Easter Bunny ears napkin folding ideas. 

These Easter napkin folding napkins will really add a festive feel to your table. Try and make these a few days before so you'll have more time to make them. 

You can find our range of linen napkins here

Standing Easter Bunny Ears

Hostaro Tableware Easter Bunny Folded Napkin

This cute Easter Bunny ears take you can have either lying down or standing up. 

You will need:

Large square napkin, at least 45x45cm in size

Ribbon - pick a ribbon that you think will compliment the napkin colour.

Have a look at our video below on how to fold. 

 

Large Bunny Ears folded napkin

Hostaro Tableware Easter Bunny Ears Napkin

This napkin folded bunny ears idea is easier to make and you can add to it by putting in a decorated egg.

You will need:

Large square napkin, we used 45x45cm but with this idea you aren't as restricted. 

Ribbon - pick a ribbon that you think will compliment the napkin colour.

Egg- pick your decorated egg. And if it's a real egg, be sure to boil it first. 

Have a look at our video below on how to fold. 

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Your Valentine's tablescape

Your Valentine's tablescape

Valentine's weekend is a week away. I say weekend because it's a good excuse to milk the occasion and to get excited about something new. And if you aren't celebrating Valentine's, be sure to celebrate you. This occasion is not exclusive. 

I thought I'd provide some tips on how to create a romantic Valentine's tablescape. 

1. Pick your colour theme

I normally go by the dinner set I'm going to use. If they're white then you have a blank canvas to work with.  But if it's a stronger colour then I'd advise to work around the dinner set you have. For this Valentine's I'm going to play with gold and pink. The dinnerware that I've chosen in from our Infinity collection. This collection is beautiful and feminine, it's one of our favourites. 

Table setting Hostaro Tableware

2. Introduce textures and layers. 

By building textures and layers around your tablescape you will start to see your setting all come together. Pick a nice placemat that will compliment your dinner set or use a charger plate which will create a dramatic look to your table setting. Introduce table linen to your table, whether it's a tablecloth or a runner. The different textures will work so nicely on the table. And of course napkins, these can really dress up a table and add to your layering of textures. Use candlesticks and tea lights so you have different heights in your lighting. This will really add depth to your tablescape. And of course for Valentine's candle light is a must, right!

Table setting Hostaro Tableware

3. Choose your glassware. 

Choose your glassware, will you be drinking red or white? Or both? Would you add in Champagne or Prosecco? Having your table laid with your glassware will really help you execute what you have planned on the night. The glasses can play reminders to you for what you had planned earlier in the day. A lot of the time I use a different water glass for the table, choose a fancy glass. It can add a pop of colour or an added design to the table. For this table setting I chose our tumbler with embossed diamond like design with a gold rim. 

Glassware for the table Hostaro Tableware

4. Flowers

For any occasion I would always include flowers as a centerpiece of introduce them in some way to the table. Pick the flowers to enhance them them of your table. It will really finish it off. If you don't have a large space to put a centerpiece then I would put smaller vases / glasses with flowers and put two or more across the table. 

Then this would be your finished look - just changing it to a table of 2!

Infinity Table setting Hostaro Tableware

Happy Valentine's 

Best wishes 

Sam x

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Looking forward to a Merry Christmas

Looking forward to a Merry Christmas

This week we introduce our Christmas collection. These are available to pre-order each week. We showcase our collection and give styling tips
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A meal for two

A meal for two

Good morning and happy Friday,

I know that with the latest restrictions it's been difficult for us all. But we are feeling positive here at Hostaro Tableware. We are all in this together and hopefully we will get to enjoy Christmas with our families and loved ones.  With the current situation I thought we'd bring some ideas to the table (so to speak!) on how to make an evening special and more interesting with your loved ones / household members. 

Samantha holding the large red wine glass and marble board

I'm a vegetarian, I've always been since I was very young. I don't mind cooking it or having it in front of me. In fact, I cook it all the time for my family. What I love to do on a Saturday night is prepare a grazing table / anti pasto for my family. The kids love it as they will select their favourite foods and my husband and I can enjoy a glass of wine and a beer (for my husband) together. We stay at the kitchen table for the night and have great conversations. 

They're so easy to prepare and you can get really creative with them and express your inner food stylist. And once they're laid on the table, that's your job done. Just relax and enjoy the evening.

Marble and Mango wood serving boards

I had this type of meal in mind when I was choosing serveware for my customers and found some beautiful serving boards. which included marble and mango wood boards. The weight of the boards oozes quality and authenticity, they come in two different shapes; round and rectangle. The rectangle version comes in a small and a large size. I also chose stunning paddle boards from Caufield Country Boards which are handmade in Ireland. I chose the walnut paddle boards, and these come in different sizes too (small, medium and large). I also chose their paddle board with the Irish Deer etched into the board. It's really a masterpiece to show in your home and of course so versatile. 

 Caufield Country Boards

Have a fabulous weekend. Stay safe and healthy everyone.

Best wishes

Samantha x

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First Table Setting

First Table Setting

Introducing my first table setting. In this post I'll talk around the theme, colours and textures I chose. I will go into more detail around the products in the next number of posts. 

The first table setting I styled I had Autumn/Winter in mind. I focused on white, gold and grey tones which are on trend yet timeliness colours that will complement any table and decor in a person's home. 

I find once you establish your theme and colours the hard part is done. Then you can build around that theme. 

Hostaro Tableware Dinnerware and napkin

The dinnerware I chose is classic white with a hand painted gold rim. They're stunning pieces just on their own. And gold cutlery, how stunning are they?! 

From the glassware range I chose wine glasses that are contemporary and full with a flat base that helps your guest sit and swirl the aromas of the wine evenly around its glass. And I chose the stemless glass (which is also a wine glass) as the water glass adding more charm to the table. 

Adding textures to a table with a table runner or tablecloth really accentuates the table and finishing it off with linen napkins really oozes charm and comfort for you guests. I chose dark dove as the colour for the table linen which was a lovely contrast colour against the white and gold. You can see from the pictures how well the dinnerware and serveware pop! I'll talk about the actual pieces in my next post.

Hostaro Tableware Dinnerware and decor

Adding decor to the table is the piece de resistance. I included a large centrepiece of flowers including candles and small sprigs of greenery & flowers on each plate from Flowers Made Easy. Gorgeous gold placemats which are so versatile from casual to dressy tables, and easy to store too. The candle stick holders are a gorgeous addition to the table, they're a matt brassy / gold colour adding a different and welcomed gold tone to the table and the napkin rings too.

What are your favourite pieces? Have you got a small dinner party coming up? 

Sam xoxo

 

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Introducing Hostaro Tableware, The Tableware Stylist

Introducing Hostaro Tableware, The Tableware Stylist

Founded by tableware stylist Samantha Ashe, Hostaro Tableware is a new Irish online store.  Located at hostarotableware.com, the new online store will sell a range of tableware, while providing styling inspiration for table settings, allowing customers to recreate that look in their own home.  


The pieces featured in each table setting are carefully curated from stylish brands sourced throughout Europe, to bring attainable, luxurious, and on-trend pieces to Irish tables.  These pieces will be sold in seasonal collections, so that the customer can build on their own collection over time. 


#Tablescapes – or styled table settings - have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and with the recent pandemic the Irish have started to entertain more at home.  Hostaro will start off delivering to Ireland and the UK with free delivery to Irish customers when they spend over €75 and free for UK customers when they spend over €100.


Samantha Ashe says:  “I conducted a survey earlier this year, and it was interesting to discover that Irish people have started to entertain more at home during the pandemic.  Indeed, I found that this trend had begun even prior to Covid- 19.  And though the industry has been hit with Covid, some brands have actually found that their online consumer business had increased.”


She continues:  “ I’m optimistic about launching a new online business during these times.  Although visitors into people’s homes are restricted, and will be for some time to come, people still need to enjoy their meals and drinks in their own homes – particularly as they will be spending a lot more time at home!


“Hostaro Tableware can offer something more special so that its customers can enjoy a much nicer experience in their own home and creating a table setting that differentiates every day to a special evening / occasion.” 


Samantha also offers a bespoke consultation service, where she will work closely with the customer to get an in-depth understanding on his/her needs and wants. She will develop a customised mood board inspired by the palettes and styles of the customers’ interiors. She will then source complementary pieces which the customer can purchase; in essence creating their very own bespoke perfect table setting. This service will be available for a special launch price of €250. This service can be offered virtually through a video call or Samantha can visit the person’s home for a small call out fee depending on the location. 






Brands featured in Hostaro Tableware’s collection include:



Aida

Aida is a Danish brand that sets the daily dinner table with tableware, glassware, cutlery, kitchenware and giftware in a functional design and good quality at everyday prices. Hostaro Tableware has chosen their 16-piece gold cutlery set priced at €102.90 and gold serving salad spoon and fork for €29.40.


Alexandre Turpault 

Beautiful pure linen, weaved, dyed, and embroidered in France, with a stain release treatment for most of their products. Hostaro has picked a simple hemstitched linen table runner in two different sizes and napkins to match in a dark grey. Other colours and other sizes are available to order on request. Prices start for the table runner at €77.42. The beauty about linen is that it gets better with age and washes, making them ideal investment pieces. 


Caulfield Country Boards

A fantastic Irish brand, Caulfield Country Boards pride themselves on being a small, unique, family run, Irish business.  Their contemporary tableware and kitchen accessories are practical, charming and innovatively designed.  All their creations are designed and made in Co. Meath, from beautiful, sustainably sourced hardwoods. Hostaro has selected the Stag Paddle board selling at €49 and the Walnut cheese paddles which are sold in 3 different sizes starting at €21.56.


LSA International

LSA International, a well-known brand here in Ireland offers contemporary glassware and porcelain worked with traditional craftmanship, working with skilled artisans to experiment and push boundaries to create stunning and contemporary products. Hostaro has selected a number of products from their gin collections. Gin has become increasingly popular and the desire for big balloon gin glasses on a stem is on the rise.  The selection that Hostaro is selling starts from €35.28 for a set of 4 balloon gin glasses and high ball glasses for 2 is priced at €29.40.  


Luigi Bormioli

Luigi Bormioli glassware from Parma, Italy is single piece lead free crystal machine produced; they are world leaders in this field. The advantage of using a machine manufactured crystal is that it is not only more affordable but can be handled in a more liberal way including dishwashing where appropriate.  Hostaro Tableware has chosen the The Meravigliosi (The Marvellous) range. Each glass is produced with  the finest walls and stems that are just 5mm thick . They are also Titanium coated for additional strength. The crystal is sparkling and clear so you can appreciate and enjoy the real colour of your wine. This beautiful design is a best seller, allowing you and your guests to sit back and enjoy the feeling of the glass complimented with its flat base and long stem. These come in a range of sizes and styles including a stemless glass for those who prefer the glass without the stem. They are packed in sets of 6, stemless set of 6 is priced at €40.18 and the stemmed wine glasses start from €64.68.


NKUKU

At Nkuku (Nuh-ku-ku), they create beautifully handmade home and lifestyle products. They work with artisans throughout the world, combining timeless design with natural materials. Whether it’s the makers’ distinctive style, the character of the piece, the inspiration behind its origins, there’s always more to tell than meets the eye. Every product has a story... Hostaro has chosen stunning marble and mango wood serving / chopping boards. The weight in these really tells the authenticity of the products. Hostaro will sell three different types of these boards starting at €37.24.



Porcel

Made from fine Porcelain in Portugal, they are known for their whiteness in colour, with handed painted gold rim, shiny exterior and resistant.  Perfect for entertaining your guests or to give as a gift.  Porcel combines handmade tradition and technological innovation into the making of each piece resulting in high quality, elegant and creative dinnerware. Hostaro Tableware has chosen their white with gold rim dinner sets priced at €292.04 for a 16-piece set and their matching serveware starting from €73.50.


Salt&Pepper

Salt&Pepper from the Netherlands is known for developing contemporary home accessories, consistently producing cutting edge ranges built on fashion, quality, and affordability.  Hostaro has chosen gold candle holders and napkin rings as accessories. They are sold in pairs to give the customer more bang for their buck. Two candle holders are priced at €19.60 and eight napkin rings at €29.40.


WMF 

WMF features old cutlery from Germany, which is supplied to hotels and catering companies globally. Hostaro Tableware has chosen this gold cutlery set for its customers. The pieces featured are 18/10 cutlery pieces which they then coat with PVD.  WMF will give Hostaro’s customers 12 months guarantee on their products. The cost for a 28 piece set is priced at €362.60.  

 


About Samantha Ashe:

Samantha Ashe is a married mum of two young boys from Dublin, and is passionate about entertaining at home and creating that perfect table setting. Samantha’s background is in Marketing and Events.  Most recently, she acted as Marketing Consultant for brands including Cuisine de France, and Marketing Manager for Fields the Jeweller.


After 20 years working in marketing, events and styling photoshoots she decided to start up Hostaro Tableware and work on something she loves and is passionate about.  She wanted to offer a complete tableware service to her customers, by styling table settings and curating tableware from around Europe.

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