Hosting a dinner party, or any type of party for that matter, requires much preparation and planning. Before you stress about hunting for all of the trappings to make for a swanky soirée, defer to this table setting service to do the work for you.
, a company founded by Liz Curtis, delivers everything you need to pull off your best party yet. Curtis, whose career began in corporate litigation, spent her free time entertaining, which motivated her to create Table + Teaspoon (then, a cooking blog). After years of running Table + Teaspoon as a side job, Curtis decided to turn her hobby into a full-time career, leaving law and committing to her true passion. For years, the company operated as an event planning, interior design, and private catering firm, and eventually re-entered the market with this new, rent-based model.
Shop the six chic settings on the website, type in the number of guests you'll have attending, and everything will be delivered directly to your front door. With this service, you can even catch a break from having to partake in the post-party clean up. That's right, you don't even have to wash the dishes. Have we convinced you to give it a try yet? Read on for details on how the service works and the tablescape trends you can expect to see next.
The concept of Table + Teaspoon came about in a rather haphazard way, as all great ideas usually do. After spending countless hours cooped up inside of her San Fransisco apartment while studying for the bar exam, Curtis became quite stir crazy. A fan of entertaining, she started watching Ina Garten's cooking show, Barefoot Contessa, and soon decided to start experimenting with recipes of her own.
Feeling like she needed a creative outlet, she started a blog to share simplified recipes with her readers. "If I could figure out how to make this recipe, then you could too. I would take recipes and sort of dumb them down. The goal there was to get people to have the confidence to cook," she shared. It wasn't long before she realized there was another daunting task when it came to hosting—setting the table.
Although renting a tablescape wasn't a new idea, Curtis noticed that most of the existing companies had high delivery fees and weren't easily accessible nationwide, so she set out to create a service of her own.
One major detail Curtis considered in relation to hosting was there weren’t any shortcuts for setting the table. Her company makes it easy to put together small or large parties minus the stress that comes along with hosting.
Simply choose from six different styles on the Table + Teaspoon website, select your party date, order your desired number of settings, and expect flawless delivery. Upon opening up the box, you'll find all the pieces needed for your table along with step-by-step instructions on how to arrange it.
Perhaps one of the greatest perks of using the service (besides having a jaw-dropping tablescape) is that when the party is over, you don't have to wash a single thing. Just pack everything back up in the box it originally came in, apply the pre-paid shipping label, and enjoy the good memories from the night—not a sink full of dishes.
Designing a box that could successfully transport fragile dinnerware from one destination to another was one of the biggest challenges Curtis faced, and accomplishing this in a sustainable way only added to the difficulty.
After 10 months of trial and error, she finally created a black and white, trunk-like box that not only gets the job done but looks appealing too. Curtis is proud of being able to make deliveries in a tasteful way without using tape or creating any waste. "I wanted it to feel really special when it arrived at the customer's doorstep, like they're getting a present in the mail," she said.
When asked how she came up with the inspiration for each of the settings she offered, Curtis said she really focused on channeling different people rather than opting for overall themes. "It's all about identifying who you want to be using the product and then deciding what they would want in terms of an aesthetic," she shared. Table + Teaspoon offers six new settings twice a year, but one characteristic you'll always see is a very elegant tablescape.
The goal behind creating this service was to help people become more confident while entertaining, and Curtis has certainly achieved that and then some. Table + Teaspoon has a high percentage of repeat customers who almost always end up wanting to buy their favorite setting, an option that will be available in the fall.
When it comes to what her customers adore most about the service, Curtis said a huge draw is they don't have to store anything, overthink the logistics, or do dishes at the end of a fun night. She also added that, "They like that they can pick something really trendy and on-point without having to be married to the design or look."
"When I designed the current settings, pattern play was more on-trend, but the way I see things going now is towards something more sleek." When six new styles are released in October, Curtis shared that hosts can look forward to seeing another toned-down version of the banana leaf setting and a millennial pink-colored option. She also added that heavy ceramic dinnerware and minimalist styles are having a moment.