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Table Settings and Menu for a Bohemian Style Party

Set the table for a Bohemian Style party with these tricks and ideas. The perfect table settings make it easy for the guests to eat while playing up the party theme. We've got the ultimate how-to!

An outdoor bohemian-style dinner party would not be complete without fun table settings and a well-planned menu. To be sure these items coordinate with the eclectic and relaxed theme, pair mismatched dishes with graphic patterned napkins for an interesting, unforced look. Colorful, ornate serveware also suits the carefree, artistic style.

Your guests will be relaxing on cozy pillows and rugs to dine at a low table, which immediately lends itself to a low-key event.  So a boho party menu should follow suit, with easy appetizers and finger foods for guests to graze on while socializing.

These ideas coordinate with the bohemian style seating, a romantic, eclectic centerpiece, and a breezy boho backdrop.

  • Plates of assorted colors & patterns
  • Small colorful bowls
  • Graphic patterned napkins
  • Colorful, ornate serveware

Step 1: Collect dishes and bowls that have interesting colors and patterns. For a truly eclectic look, use all non-matching pieces. I went with a slightly more cohesive table setting-style and paired vintage, patterned plates with solid white plates, alternating which one is the salad plate and which is the dinner plate for each setting.

Step 2: Add fabric napkins in assorted graphic patterns—I alternated two different patterns with a neutral palette. Then, top off each setting with a colorful dish for desserts or appetizers.

Step 3: On your shipping pallet food and drink serving area, use trays to hold wine glasses next to a colored glass pitcher and an ice bucket. Display food in mismatched serving bowls that are colorful and ornate.  Bohemian style is all about a simple and carefree living that is also artistic, so use serveware that you already own, but pair them in creative, unexpected ways.

Party Menu:

Your dinner menu should be non-fussy, so consider a tapas-style dinner with easy appetizers and finger foods. These simple menu ideas will keep you out of the kitchen and allow you to socialize with your guests instead. Pair them with a couple of good wines, put on some indie music—and lounge all night!

Vegetable pinwheels


Olives & pickles

Tomato basil bruschetta

Mediterranean deviled eggs

Cheese board

Caprese skewers


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