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Styled and Served

Food Styling - Week 1: Styled and Served

There are many inspiring elements of tabletop styling, your serving ware, linens, centrepieces and of course the most important piece - the food itself! There is plenty of room for creative expression when serving food from every day meals to styled special occasions.

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Ways to challenge yourself this week:

  • Create a special event at home and style up a table top to celebrate it

  • Experiment texturally by layering different fabrics and linens

  • Treat yourself to your favourite meal and serve up a setting for one

  • Reflect the origins of your food of choice in the styling and table setting

  • Style a table setting or centrepiece using unexpected items

  • Remove the table altogether and style a meal somewhere else such as a picnic lunch or breakfast in bed

  • Using the skills learned in our Lighting Techniques month experiment with adding mood and light emitting objects to your table setting

How to participate

During the week of July 1-7, 2019 create a new image inspired by the weekly theme and share it on Instagram tagging @creativelysquared and #cs_styledandserved. Our inspirational mentor Christall Lowe will be selecting her favourite entries to feature on the @creativelysquared Instagram account during the week.

Resources from our Creative Journal


Meet your Mentor: Christall Lowe

When it comes to crafting compelling food stories, Christall Lowe from The Style Tales knows a thing or two about scene building. Christall is an expert food stylist and food photographer, and a whiz in the kitchen who specialises in creating detail rich, moody photographs with a lot of depth. She is resourceful at finding ways to add warmth, contrast and texture using everyday items, without taking away from the star of the shot (the food!) and we are lucky to have her sharing her expert tips with us this week!

Find out more about Christall and her creative process in our Interview: Serving up stylish food stories with Christall Lowe

Want to catch up on last month’s content?
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Earlier Event: June 24
The Dark Side
Later Event: July 8
Farm to Table