One trend that has become increasingly popular in the past few years is called tablescaping. A byproduct of Southern hospitality, the idea is that when you entertain, you design your table around a theme, and use the most creative, interesting and high-quality items and foods to really wow your guests, make them feel special, and show off your delightful tact for style and creativity.
Start with the foundation. Shop smart and local for luxurious linens at Wendy Brown Home in Providence’s Wayland Square, where you’ll find beautiful domestic and imported tablecloths and napkins to start. Add an oyster platter, shell napkin rings, beautiful bowls and serving pieces. Next, accessorize further at Craftland in Downcity, where you’ll find whimsical bowls, serving utensils, salt and pepper shakers, wine and spirits decanters, and unusual centerpiece options. Or head to Imagine Gift Store in nearby Warren — touted as the largest gift store in New England — for fun serving boards, glassware, utensils, candles and more.
When you have a crowd with divergent tastes, few options are better than Federal Hill’s Venda Ravioli for fresh meats and housemade sausages, ravioli, sauces, soups, assorted cheeses, and hard-to-find Italian products. You can buy premade dishes such as chicken piccata or veal parm, roasted vegetables and salads, and delectable, giant loaves of Italian bread. A few blocks down, Federal Hill Wine & Spirits has imported and domestic wines, beer and spirits — tell them what you’re serving and they’ll find perfect complements for every palate.