Take It From The Pro: How To Create Dreamy Tablescapes


Federika Longinotti Buitoni standing over an outdoor table setting creating flower arrangements

Federika Longinotti Buitoni has mastered the art of both setting an enviable table and entertaining. The Italian-Venezuelan entrepreneur launched Collecto, a well-curated homeware retailer and wedding registry, inspiring others to connect and create special memories around the table. As we all make resolutions to come together in the new year, she highlights tips and trends for memorable gatherings.

Creating swoon-worthy settings. An unforgettable table starts with dinnerware—a fun pattern or an interesting combination of monochromatic plates. A great tablecloth is also a must: Choose a beautiful print or solid color that accentuates the plates. Make sure there is cohesiveness across the table—the colors of the dishes, glasses and linens should complement each other. Create ambience with long taper candles or votives in crystal vases to reflect the light. 

Popular now. Sustainability is a growing trend, and it will continue to translate to entertaining and table setting. Decorating with fruits and vegetables is one sustainable way to do so. They’re beautiful, and you can always use them for cooking after the event. 

Bespoke services. One of the reasons I started Collecto was because I felt lost and uninspired when I was curating my wedding registry. Through our consulting tableware curation service, we support interior designers and private clients.

Outdoor table setting by Collecto with mismatched-patterned plates, cheese board and white taper candles in tall holders