A Simple Setting

In this season of giving, sharing and gathering, a simply set table let’s the food—and the company—do the talking. Food photographer and stylist Chelsea Bollhoefer of Chelsea Lane Photography sets the tone (and the table) for all occasions.

1. A small bunch of fresh herbs accents each plate. Keep them weighted against the wind by tying them to silverware.

2. Consider your colors. I chose two primary colors, navy and amber, but kept everything else neutral to avoid clutter.

3. Avoid centerpieces that obstruct your guests’ view (and conversation). Eucalyptus is a fresh alternative that gives a touch of greenery without the height.

4. Classic silver elevates an otherwise casual setting.