No matter how beautiful your dining table is or how good the food is, the first thing everybody will notice will be, without a doubt, the dining table décor. The table set is very important in order to be able to have a spectacular dinner. The Architectural Digest Magazine has asked 10 designers their best advises about dining table décor. Get prepared to set a very pretty (and practical) table.

ERIN GATES, ELEMENTS OF STYLE 

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“I have said for years that I regret not registering for true fine china when I got married,” she says. “I think splurging on an incredible, historic pattern is a no-brainer, as it’s a long-term investment and can be seen as art, but I’d save on napkins and table linens, as they have a tendency to get stained and tattered easily. I also am not one to spend on incredibly fancy crystal, as I tend to drop wine glasses quite a bit and would be heartbroken if they cost more than 15 dollars! There are so many fantastic affordable options for glassware that you can get a big look for little money.”

JON MAROTO AND GEORGE NUNNO, FOUNDERS, FLAIR HOME

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Tabletops should reflect your personality and not necessarily your bank account,” they say. “It is great to mix vintage pieces of china with new purchases; the same goes for flatware, linens, and glassware. A good table should be a complementary background to the evening and not the center of attention. It is most important that the food is good, the guests are having fun, and the conversation doesn’t stop.”

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MICHELLE NUSSBAUMER, CEYLON ET CIE

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“There’s nothing more boring than a traditionally put together table. I like using heirloom china patterns mixed with modern or flea-market finds. I think everyone should invest in fine linens and sterling silver, but it’s sometimes fun to use crisply ironed linen dish towels or even bandanas in the right setting. The most important thing is to mix it up and make it your own.”

SASHA BIKOFF

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“The key item to splurge on is crystal glasses. You want the table to have a certain magnetism and sparkle that will enhance everything. You can save on vases, which you can keep simple, as the floral arrangement should be the main event.”

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EDDIE ROSS, DESIGNER AND STYLE DIRECTOR AT ATGStores.com

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“Whenever I set a table, I splurge on china from the masters, like Wedgwood, Royal Copenhagen, or Mottahedeh. They’re the ones making the antiques of the future that you’ll love forever and want to pass down. Then I mix in thrift-shop finds for one-of-a-kind charm or retail steals like the gold flatware from ATGStores.com. It updates antique china in an instant!”

EMILIE MUNROE, STUDIO MUNROE 

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“Splurge on your centerpiece,” urges Munroe. “Because the centerpiece sets the tone for the room both when the table is bare and when it’s in use, it is worth investing in something chic and interesting. I suggest investing in three to four well-scaled, unique centerpieces so they can serve you throughout the year. They have huge visual impact and will set the tone for each event. Take your time shopping sales and markets in order to slowly acquire a collection of patterns and styles. It makes a big impact for a modest investment!”

RENA CHERNY, RC Studio

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“I’m pretty utilitarian when it comes to the tabletop,” says Cherny, who recommends sticking to basics, save for a few accent pieces. “Classic, neutral ceramic plates never go out of style and work for every occasion, plus you don’t grow tired of the pattern. Save your splurges for vintage sculptural pieces, vases, and candleholders. Over time, you’ll have a collection of gems with strong sentimental value that pack a unique decorative punch, even when they’re not on the table.”

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