While experimenting with different color combinations and looks for Easter tablescapes, I also tried a challenge. I've usually posted tablescapes with two or four place settings - but no more than six. This time, I experimented with eight. I pulled a look together without the exact match set of dishes, and still maintained a cohesive look. The solution I used was mixing some of my everyday white dishes with textured white dishes I collected while thrifting. And then I started in on a play with words: Carrots (the orange) and Karats (the gold). To get the look started, I pulled together all the elements I thought I "might" use, and started to play around with pairings on the table before setting it.
Collected painted gold details to pair with my thrifted gold glasses - which were a huge find: they are iconic mid century shoji glasses!
Top shelf of wine glass cabinet in the kitchen...
Once the vision was sparked, I cleared the table and tried out some settings,
first using the original thought of orange and gold...
I tried rolled napkins tucked into glasses.
I tried fresh carrots tucked into nests.
I tried different looks with the napkin also.
Here I simply tied it in one knot.
I tried the carrots tucked into the basket.
Later, I shifted towards playing more with the green with the use of green apples.
Name cards can be added to the apples for place settings...
Gold rimmed plate - thrifted in the Fall.
White dinner plate, thrifted earlier this year.
The empty wine bottles came in handy as a versatile vessel for the center of the table. In lieu of a bow, I hung the gold eggs - off to the side- from them. I also tried adding palm fronds, but it was looking too summery. The bottles did created height and added shine on the table. I didn't have any, but they could be filled with jellybeans for Easter. For Summer, they can be filled in with sand or white pea gravel...
Table items used:
Natural & Gold threaded table Runner - After Holiday Clearance at West Elm
Green Moss - After Holiday Clearance at West Elm
8 Highball 8 Old Fashion Vintage Shoji gold bar glasses (thrifted 20 @ $12)
6 thrifted white textured rim dinner plates - $1 each
4 Thrifted gold rim salad plates - .50 each
2 Thrifted white textured rim salad plates - .25 each
2 Plain white dinner & 2 salad plates - our everyday dishes
3 painted white thrifted Easter bunnies
3 Emptied wine bottles
3 Faux orange blooms - 50% off at Michael's
4 green birds - Michael's
6 Mini Terracotta Pots - 3 for $1 Dollar Store
6 Birds Nests - had from HomeGoods
Embroidered runner on bench - HomeGoods
4 Gold painted baskets - as natural from $1 bin at Michael's
4 Orange eggs - picked our from multi-colored bags while making wreaths
4 green & 4 orange colored glasses - had from Pier One
8 White embroidered napkins - had
8 Fresh green apples - Publix
Tips to take-away:
1. When you see something - think about the ways you
could use it - in the season or the next - if the price is right, buy it!
2. Give yourself some time to experiment with different combinations, because your first thought may not be the best - your best may actually be something totally different and unexpected. You may even discover a variation you could use at a later date.
3. Use what you do have - even everyday items - in new ways - even as fillers and don't fret if everything isn't a perfect matched set.
4. Keep focused on a strong color point of view for wow, impact and drama.
5. Have fun - With the way design is today, don't fret if your wine glasses aren't directly above your knife. The tablescape police is not going to come barging in and rain on your parade. Try and do what looks and feels right on your table.
This is your home you are setting - NOT the Royal Wedding.
As stated in Black Swan -
"Perfection is not just about control. It's also about letting go."
Unless it's a formal setting, let go and have fun with your tablescaping!
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