Since the first lockdown in March last year there's been a major shift in how people cook, with every other Instagram story featuring banana bread, a sourdough starter or a questionable WFH lunch. As we powered through, none of us forgot that feeling of walking into your favourite neighbourhood restaurant, tipsy from the local pub, ready to enjoy a slap-up meal cooked for you by someone else.
It's unsurprising, then, that tablescaping took off. And even though restaurants and pubs are open again, it still has a place in our hearts. Putting a little effort into laying yourself a nice setting can really make a meal – even if it's just for one – feel a bit special. Plus, when better than a heatwave to hone your al fresco dining layouts?
There's plenty of inspiration on Instagram. Make your starting point Hoste London founder Laura Jackson's account; she's nailed the art of the tablescape and got the hashtag #makeamealofit going.
Let us guide you through some of our favourite looks and, for things you don't already have, where to shop for them online.
It'll almost feel like you're eating out...
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