What’s the secret to an extraordinary luncheon table display?

It’s creating a sophisticated atmosphere with on-point theming, and special attention given to the styling details of the tablescape.

Simple Joy Designs understands the art behind decorating a luncheon table and I am happy to share why you need to focus on these four essentials:

  • Centerpiece/Decorations
  • Plates
  • Flatware
  • Glassware

 4 Things You Need for Decorating a Luncheon Table


Choose your centerpiece or other decorations not to overwhelm the space of your table or inhibit conversation and sightlines among guests.

Fresh floral arrangements are timeless, come in an endless array of color schemes, and can work as one low centerpiece for an intimate gathering. Consider setting a single bud vase at each place setting for larger events. Rectangular tables are ideal for a long, free-flowing, low arrangement featuring flowers, lights, foliage, or objects d’art.


Always keep the scale of the plates in line with the size of the table. Guest place settings should not infringe on their neighbors. Plate color and style bring a personal touch to your luncheon table. Match the plates for more formal events, or choose mismatched patterns in a coordinated color scheme for a fun, casual party.


Quality flatware makes every luncheon table feel more upscale. Depending on the theme and food courses, you can place flatware formally around the plate, or gather them with ribbons or other decorations and place them directly on the plate.


Red-wine goblets are the perfect glassware for water. Consider using white wine stemware for other beverages. Clear glass will make your luncheon table sparkle. Clear glass also allows you to garnish the beverage with fruits or edible flowers for a touch of elegance. Serve coffee in delicate ceramic or china mugs that match the plates.

Luncheon and Event Planning Decorating Help

Still uneasy about decorating for your next luncheon or event? Entertaining is less stressful when you call Simple Joy Designs, which serves the greater Fredericksburg, VA region including Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Culpeper, and Orange. I will be delighted to assist you from start to finish, so your next event is unique and memorable!