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You've all seen the gorgeous, styled tabletops—you know, the ones with the beautiful place settings and perfectly placed accents and decor. Before you think I could never pull that off, think again. Creating a tabletop that looks like a million bucks without breaking the bank is easy. You just need the right pieces.

We love working with paper party collections that look and feel high end. A beautiful table doesn't require fine china and cascading centerpieces. It's all about the details: how each element—whether paper or porcelain—works together to create the perfect presentation.

With a little help from our beloved baroque party collection, we've put together three simple tips for setting a stylish table:

Add a layer, then another layer, and then layer some more.

A table is the one place you want some drama in your life. If your place settings look a little bare, that's probably because there are not enough layers. We often start with a charger and build up from there using different sized plates. Then, of course, there's the napkin. There are dozens of different napkin folds, but we err on the side of simple when dealing with those of the paper persuasion. To get the look below, simply unfold a square napkin and refold it in half along the now-longer side. Then, place it under the center of the top one or two plates (depending on how many you have stacked) so the napkin sticks out on either side.

Don't be afraid to mix patterns and collections.

Your table setting will be comprised of plates, cups, napkins, flatware, and more. Don't feel like you need to buy everything from the same collection. Mix and match patterns and colors to add visual interest to your table. Take it one step further by mixing paper with antique flatware or stemware. Embrace texture!

Now, fill in the extra space!

You can create the illusion of a full table with just a few pieces. Rather than ordering full table arrangements (unless you want to, of course), scatter a few antique candlesticks or narrow vases down the table and top each one with a single flower. (Don't shy away from mixing styles and textures here, too.) Simple votives with tea light candles are also ideal for filling in those empty spaces. Still have some room? Add a cake plate or two for height and additional surface area, perfect for displaying desserts or drinks.

Tag @corkcollection on Instagram to share your own tabletop settings with us! 
And get this look for your own table:

(Images courtesy of Talking Tables)

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