We Figured Out How to Set a Table for Every Meal, So You Can Cross That Off Your List

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There are two things almost everyone struggles with after deciding to throw a dinner party: what to make, and how to set the table. While choosing what to eat is never easy, setting the scene is actually a cinch. Don't roll your eyes — we actually figured it out.

Truthfully, you don't need much to make your table inviting: simple plates and flatware bring out the color in your food, and fresh flowers complement those shades while adding dimension to the scene. Patterns can be intimidating, but if you stick to stripes as the sole print in your setup, then it's easier to mix in colors that can be brighter during the day and moodier at night.

If you're looking for a little more confidence — hey, being a host is scary — don't worry! We've broken down exactly what you'd need to set every meal using our favorite items from Parachute's new tabletop collection, and featured them in a video below.

Breakfast

The first meal of the day lends itself well to soft shades and a cheerful aesthetic. In this instance, we matched the pastel hue of the flowers with the color of the cups, but didn't use any bright shades — when fresh fruits are on the table, you don't want to compete. Also, be sure to match stripes with solids when both have a shared color, like navy blue.

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Linen Placemats ( set of two for $40 )

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Lunch

In our book, navy works as a neutral: it pretty much goes with every other color on the wheel, and it still has a casual quality that works well for lunchtime gatherings. Use the shade as a backdrop for salads and sandwiches, and pair it with bright pops of color — it looks particularly good against red.

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Dinner

Dinner parties have a reputation for being upscale events, but really, it's more fun if you keep this meal as low-key as the others. A simple linen tablecloth will provide all the dramatics you need, while the long vertical stripes of a runner will make the table appear longer. Intersperse low bouquets with white candles for ambiance, and you're all set.

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Still need tips on what to eat? We chatted with Parachute's founder and CEO, Ariel Kaye, about what she'd serve alongside her creations. So, basically, you have everything you need to make your event a success.