One of the hardest parts of apartment dwelling is that you (usually) don't have access to a dining room table. You have a couch and maybe a coffee table, sure, but lack a piece large enough to host multiple people and lack the room for one to begin with.
This holiday season, however, blogger Sara Toufali has shared the easiest space-saving, renter-friendly, and budget-friendly dining and hosting set-up for those that identified with that first statement, and all it involves is a cheap folding table and two pillows, poufs, or supports of your choosing. And while that might not sound luxurious, I promise you're going to be blown away by the final product. Combined with the tablescape pieces I've sourced from some of the best home decor stores, this alternative dining solution easily transforms from a simple budget hack into a vibe-y, high-end meal.
The perfect dining alternative for table-less homes
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Using two storage containers or pillow poufs that she seemingly already owned, Sara then rested a cheap, plastic folding table on top to elevate what will become the dining surface a bit off the ground. Next, to hide her handiwork, she simply draped a large colored flat sheet on top of the structure, so that each piece of the rig was cleverly concealed underneath.
The results are instantaneous — what was once a bootleg option becomes an elevated solution, even more so after she adds a gorgeous selection of floral accents, decor pieces, and tableware. If you're a dining table-less host this holiday season, or just flat-out looking for a new set-up to try, your guests will absolutely love this playful arrangement.
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If you're without a pouf or pillow structure on which to rest your folding table, start here with this perfect piece from Walmart (that's also on sale!).
The "tablecloth" in the Instagram reel is a Bed Threads fitted sheet in the shade turmeric, but you could also use any solid-colored sheet already in your linen closet.
Linen napkins add a warm, rustic touch to your table, which is perfect for a meal you're about to have on the floor.
The form on these hand-crafted tumblers is so fluid and relaxed, which is exactly the vibe we're trying to curate here. It's not the traditional vessel, but wine would look great in these.
Much like the linen napkins, these linen coasters are relaxed and refreshing. From Moda Operandi's in-house homeware label, they might be a bit pricier than you were expecting ... but I promise they seem worth it.
Candles are a dinner party must-have; add some height to your table with these pitch-perfect white taper candles from H&M.
These cane chargers would add the perfectly textural contrast and unexpected touch to each place setting. I'm shocked by how much I love them.
Of course, those candlesticks need a place to live! Available in three sizes (though sadly just two are currently in stock), these candles offer a height differential you can play with.
The soft milky green of this stunning ceramic plate fits the color scheme we've been curating this entire edit. It's calming, entrancing, and worthy of center-stage on your table.
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Brigid Kennedy is a style editor at Livingetc.com, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at TheWeek.com, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.
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