Tableware frames your food creation. Simplicity tends to enhance appetite appeal. Neatness counts, but the arrangements need not be fussy. Accessories add that extra touch.
Too much pattern on plates and bowls can compete with the look of the food. Solid yet bold colors can really bring out the best of your ensemble. A border or texture can also work well.
Complimentary table cloths or placemats and napkins, whether cloth or paper, are expansions of the composition. Glassware, flatware, spice shakers and servers indicate added thoughtfulness for the table and are almost always appreciated. When a vase, some flowers, a candle or three are added, they are often the touch that says “I care”.
The compositions need not be fancy. The sum total should not be overdone. The harmony of the whole gives appetite for body and soul.
Just as the food on the plate is a composition unto itself, it is also a sub-composition to the table, as the table is to the room. It is all an expression of you.