With people reluctant to go to restaurants due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting at has become quite the trend this year. SInce Eid is just days away, we’re sure quite a lot of you will be playing hostess throughout the celebrations. Whether your guests are enjoying al fresco dining out in the garden or on the terrace, or perhaps a more formal dining occasion inside, the dining table will undoubtedly be the centre of attention.
The great news is having a beautifully set table that leads the mood for a dinner or lunch party can be surprisingly stress-free and it doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you’ve already invested in some fine cutlery, crockery and a standout salt and pepper set. Simple decorative pieces, including good quality candles that light things up and bunches of foliage from your garden, which can be used as a table runner, can really add that wow-factor. Flowers, perhaps in attractive glass bottles, coloured glassware or fun objects and ornaments that match a theme also go towards creating that all-important atmosphere. The right blending and combination of colours, putting thought and consideration into what works with the surroundings, rather than décor that feels out of place and functionality and comfort while enjoying the meal also play an integral part when it comes to a fabulous tablescape.
Whether you’re expecting extended family and friends or are keeping things cosy, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite table setting ideas from Maya Toubia. From for private dinners or weddings to anniversaries and corporate bashes, Lebanese Toubia’s swoon-worthy table settings are instant conversation starters. Toubia crafted an ultra successful Dubai and Beirut-based events business, with the help of sister Valérie, after working as a hostess at weddings as a part-time summer job and then starting her own hostessing agency.
She is known for incorporating intimate and personal touches and being an advocate for simplicity, elegance and timelessness. As well as crafting beautiful table settings, the tastemaker is also behind My Table Box, which she describes as “stylish, exclusive and contemporary tableware.”