Take the formality out of your dining room with a more casual approach to setting the table. In place of fine china and monogrammed napkins, try using colorful cloth napkins, bright placemats and melamine plates and bowls.
For Thanksgiving brunch, relax the rules and plan a get-together that's a little less traditional. Set your table with a mix of modern and rustic details. Vintage-inspired chairs, cutting boards used as chargers and plates, and galvanized buckets as candleholders will all add to the beauty of your harvest table.
A grove of olive trees plays host to an intimate dinner party set around a large wood table. A bright centerpiece and white linens create a casual table setting for alfresco dining. Crisscrossing string lights and floral chair cushions are charming accents.
It wouldn't be summer without an outdoor lobster bake. Cover the table with newspaper for an inexpensive way to bring festivity to your party. Shellfish is so vivid that you don't need a ton of decor to create an appealing yet casual table setting. Add some simple dinnerware to complete the look without going over the top.
Stylish ikat wallpaper pairs with classic white wainscoting to create a transitional setting for this lovely eat-in kitchen. Gray upholstered chairs surround an industrial-style table to form a comfortable, casual dining area.
Large windows wrap around this modern dining room allowing light to flood the space. A contemporary table is surrounded by mismatched dining chairs for a fun, casual look. The centerpiece of fresh tree boughs invites the outdoors in while adding height to the table setting.
This traditional dining room features a silver-themed table setting, a dining table in rich wood tones and casual wicker seating. The formal chandelier adds a touch of elegance to the space, while the red-patterned wallpaper, wood hutch and area rug bring warmth to the room.
If your group is a lot larger than your dining room, even more reason to take your entertaining outdoors. An outdoor dining table is a great solution to accommodate extra guests! This low-key place setting is festive and casual. And sheet moss brings instant woodland sophistication to any setting.
The casual nature of this breakfast nook is amplified by the mismatched seating arranged around a simple white dining table. To up the fun factor, the Chango & Co. design team added bright, yellow lantern-style pendant lights that work with the mint-colored chairs and watermelon pink table settings for a summery color scheme.
Plain white dishes and linens are an easy choice for a bridal shower — dress up each place setting by tying a bow around each dish. While this is a casual affair, it's also a special day, so break out the silver when you set the table.
A peacock blue wall floats in the middle of this bedroom, creating both a functional headboard and a focal point for the space. A built-in shelf serves in place of bedside tables, while wall-mounted lamps provide reading light. A barn door on a sliding track adds a rustic touch, perfect for the casual beach setting.
The focus in this classic, casual family kitchen is to provide plenty of space for guests. Three white bar chairs line the dark blue kitchen island with a marble countertop and place settings, and a round wooden table and bench provide more space in the breakfast nook. Light gray walls and dark hardwood floors give the space a warm and inviting feel.
A kitchen island provides a casual dine-in option in the HGTV Smart Home 2013. Wicker barstools add natural texture to the glossy white countertop, while playing into the coastal vibe of the home located in Jacksonville, Fla. The teal table setting coordinates with the formal dining room off to the side.