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New Year Refresh: How To Set A Simple White Table 3 Ways

New Year Refresh: How To Set A Simple White Table 3 Ways

After the decadence of Christmas, breathe a sigh of relief – a new year is here. Pack away the vibrant trimmings, store away the bold tableware and refresh your space this January. Whilst we spend the festive season around the table sharing food experiences with friends and family, the coming of a new year doesn’t mean you can’t continue to create family moments sharing healthy breakfasts and light afternoon dishes at the table. 

Instead, make dining a simple affair. Refreshing your space with a simple table setting is the quickest way to make your dining experience feel new again. The easiest way to do this is by introducing white tableware and rearranging your dining space to curate a look that feels fresh with minimum effort. Here’s our guide.


White is the easiest colour to style – its classic, calm and never goes out of fashion. That’s why every stylish table needs a crisp white tableware collection that’s highly versatile. Made from Wedgwood bone china, our white collections offer superior strength, silky white tones and beautiful translucency so you can set a casual dinner table for a more relaxed everyday eating experience. Choose signature pieces from the contemporary Intaglio collection, add a textural look with the Gio collection, or go iconic with our latest and exciting collection: Wild Strawberry White. Whatever you choose, these unique white collections are perfect as stand-alone ranges or to decorate a table for a party, why not layer with other Wedgwood collections.

Start 2018 as you mean to go on with a simple and fresh table look the family will appreciate after the Christmas and New Year opulence. Read on to find out how to create three simple table settings for breakfast, a casual dinner and a light teatime treat.

Intaglio: Contemporary, Classical, Embossed

With a delicate embossed surface and pure white colour tone, the Intaglio collection is a contemporary yet classical collection combining texture (inspired by knurling and engine turning, popular during the Georgian era) with a modern white glaze finish for a unique look. Intaglio is a great canvas for any dining occasion, but we think it’s perfect for creating a simple table setting for breakfast or brunch. 


Breakfast is a time for connecting with family and creating a relaxing experience so setting the table should require minimal effort during early mornings and slow weekends.

Keep it simple and minimalist.

Start with simple white tableware. Choose small - not large - Intaglio plates and bowls which offer proper portion sizing for pastries, bread, cereal, or fruit. The teapot and mugs offer a family portion of tea or coffee for sharing. Next, create an overall minimalist look. This means clean and modern, white or neutral linens and clear glass accessories filled with natural blooms, fruit compotes and honey - giving way for the tableware to speak for itself. Follow these simple rules when creating a minimalist look in your dining space:

  • Less is always more
  • Multifunctional, contemporary and textural tableware
  • White or grey linens and surfaces
  • Chrome accessories
  • Clear glass vase/bowls filled with delicate or natural blooms and fruits
  • Sleek furniture in neutral tones


Gio: Genuine, Innocent, Original

A contemporary tableware collection, Gio is of stylish white fine bone china with a distinctive texture. Its design is a combination of modern and original - stimulated by todays fashion and interior trends of geometrics and neutral tones, whilst the embossed repeat pattern is inspired by Wedgwood’s traditional hand-crafted techniques pioneered by Josiah Wedgwood in the late 18th Century. This visually interesting design involves bespoke markings where layers of ceramic are cut through to produce embossment, adding irregularity and genuineness to the collection. Gio is a timeless white created for the modern home and designed to be used every day. Tableware shapes and serveware pieces in the collection are ideal for casual dinner settings and sharing family food moments.


Setting up for a casual dinner should take no more than 5 minutes if you have all the essentials and this how to guide. Once you master the casual table, the art of layering and elevating your setting for formal dinners will become second nature.

Also known as a ‘family-style’ laid-back look, this doesn’t mean less stylish – it’s about keeping the everyday meal humble with timeless tableware and unfussy accessories. Follow these tips for easy casual dining:

  • Choose timeless and stylish white tableware – layer dinner and salad plates for extra texture
  • Neutral linens and surfaces – choose darker linens to elevate pure white tableware
  • Simple flatware for dinner, salad and soup
  • Always include water glasses with lemons and wine glasses
  • Don’t add anything you won’t use on the table
  • For a winter look, add simple white candles or seasonal sprigs for a sweet scent