We'll admit it—sometimes styling out a pretty table is as fun as eating the delicious food you've prepared. This is especially true in the age of social media; we love to share our tabletop setups and culinary creations with friends, family and all our other followers. And while we all agree that pretty tableware is important for life in general (it's all about bringing joy and a creative touch to everyday life!), it's great to stock up on some extra-photogenic pieces to accent your feed.
Sometimes the smallest details make a huge difference. Overhead shots tend to be more successful, as are photos taken in natural light. It's also good to have a range of interesting textures in both the backgrounds and the serving pieces, from rustic wood boards to marble slabs and delicate ceramic platters. Soft linens add movement and color, and metallic accents brighten up a muted palette. It's all about a laid-back, but elevated, farm-to-table look with lots of natural materials and simple shapes to let the food itself shine.
Another essential prop for killer Insta food shots are oven-to-table cookware pieces. We're talking a cast iron frying pan that's perfect for cornbread or a frittata, a heavy duty dutch oven for crispy roast chicken, or colorful enamel bakeware for bubbly fruit crisps and savory casseroles. These beautiful heritage pieces come in so many colors, shapes and sizes and will totally complete your table. They can sometimes be a bit of an investment, but it's worth it (and they'll last forever!).
Here are 12 totally Instagrammable tabletop pieces to take your food posts to the next level.