The Dinner Table

March 12, 2020

Karena, founder of The Dinner Table, celebrating the marriage of her daughter.

Look, we know we say this a lot – but there really is nothing we love more than a warm, happy and beautifully decorated dinner table. Luckily, we have a vendor who feels exactly the same. New Plymouth based Karena from ‘The Dinner Table’ is as sophisticated, elegant and deliciously bubbly as one of her bespoke Champagne coupes. To Karena, the dinner table is the heart of an event – and every heart deserves to be covered in lush linens and well-placed candles.


We adore her (and her incredible range of tableware for hire). We had to know more. So, we asked.

How did The Dinner Table come to be…there was a rumour it started around said table?!

Yep it sure did with some inspiration from my newly married daughter and a push from my Melbourne based sister. We share a love of food and celebrations and their desire to help me with my slight obsession with weddings, led to the creation of The Dinner Table.

What products do you offer?

We offer hand-made ceramic plates, classic cutlery, glassware, Belgian linen napkins and some pretty gorgeous accessories.

What are some of the unique stories behind the products you supply?

We try to source New Zealand made products where we can. I met with Robert the founder of Steiner Ceramics and he made, especially for us, our large speckled dinner plates and side plates. This was the basis of our collection and we have added to this over the past eighteen months. We have a great relationship with a European artist who makes our radiant glasses. These are unique as they are hand-blown crystal and can be set down in a variety of ways. Great for water glasses but perfect for rosé.

How would you describe your style and aesthetic?

I think relaxed classic which is a particularly Kiwi thing. Appreciating beauty but never taking one self or life too seriously. I love fresh modern designs but still love a timeless classic. Our champagne coupes are magic!

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I am still a bit old school in that I love a great magazine, an addiction I have had forever. I love insta too and the creativity that is shared constantly. I have also been lucky to travel to some great places and of course, Taranaki which is home, for all its natural, slightly wild beauty.

Wedding table styling

What tableware trends or styles are you loving at the moment?

Oooh good question! Moving into our second season, it’s always fun to guess what colours will trend but I am a fan of simplicity and wowing the guests, not overwhelming! Classic black and white always looks great and there is a definite trend for naturals, peaches and blush. Putting it out there, I think we will see some Navy and different shades of Green making an appearance. That said, I love candles and flowers are my passion. We have some amazing florists here and in Australia but Nicci and Priscilla from Nicci Goodin and Sofie from Petal and Prickle, never fail to inspire me.

How and in what way does speciality tableware add to events?

Details are everything to us. I say to our brides (and grooms) that the tables are where memories are made. The table is often overlooked in the budget but it’s where you have all your best people together eating and drinking, sharing moments and always laughter and some tears too.

What does 2020 look like?

We are moving into our second year with all the knowledge gained from our first season. Thus far it is proving to be a really nice balance of intimate events and some truly gorgeous destination weddings. I also have my son and his partner’s wedding next year and I am so excited for them….(and a wee bit for myself!).

What would your dream table look like?

Well there’s definitely wine!!! Fresh seasonal food and seafood and preferably cooked by someone else. My dream guests would be Carole King to entertain and Tom Ford just because!!! But my fav guests would be my family, all the people I love the most, laughing, eating, singing and enjoying being together.

Wedding table styling including candles and unique glassware.

To view the beautiful range of products The Dinner Table offers click here.

Image Credits: The Virtue

Featured Vendors: Petal and Prickle, Nicci Goodin, Priscilla Creative and drape.linen

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