Basically, have your inspiration, but to have a vision for the mood, personalize it to make it you own, don't set boundaries - experiment, and execute.
Live plants and fresh fruit bring life to a table
Add texture with a lacy runner from HomeGoods to give it movement.
Spot items out of season and collect them - these baskets I had spotted at Micheal's Craft store in the $1 bins, about three months before using them.
Refresh everyday accessories from around the house with a new color (like gold)
and use those items on your table.
Whether you already own decorations or if you spot something in a store, look past its color right to its shape, scale and potential. Metalic pink eggs are magically transformed with gold. To help paint eggs, repurpose egg cartons to hold eggs while you paint - BUT - be sure to cover a Styrofoam carton with foil. If not, the acetone in the paint will EAT the Styrofoam (unless it's Design Master brand spray paint).
Create a cohesive look of seasonal decor in your home onto
your table through a finish or color.
For added interest, pick up some patterned plates while thrifting.
I found these Wedgwood plates (set of 6 @ $3.79 thrifting in FL) to layer into
my everyday white and mix with other thrifted white plates.
Find a balance and mix it up to avoid a catalog look.
Not everything needs to be all thrifted.
(Found candle holders & dishes thrifting)
Not everything needs to be all from one store.
(Found placemats + tall cylinder at HomeGoods and small glass cylinder at Dollar Store)
Not everything needs to be all bought on clearance.
(green grass found after Christmas clearance)
If you can't find what you're looking for (like graphic pattern napkins), make your own.
Fabric Quarters (usually for quilting) are a GREAT and affordable alternative - especially when they're on sale for $1.38 each. Just roll edges and top stitch for a finished look.
Colorblock mixed bags of candy by separating the candy for stronger color impact on your tablesetting.
There's nothing wrong with mixing in faux flowers.
It's more economical, they last longer, and you can reuse for other seasons, tables, or rooms. Watch for 50% off sales & add coupons to save even more (ex: at Micheal's). Also: don't overlook the Dollar Store - a single color or flower style done in mass can look more expensive that it really was.
Use what you have in new ways or color combos.
Remove labels from wine bottles to give shimmer & height to your tablescape: paint them for added color or wrap with twine to add texture. Give tables added color pop by using colored stemware.
Tip # 12
Be aware of the inspiration that is all around you...
even in your refrigerator from carrots to oranges to apples, your kids storybooks like golden eggs, or even your closet for fun pattern mixes.
If you can, it's great to take some time to experiment with different table styles. You may find out an original plan won't work - maybe it's too cluttered for your guests. You may even come up with something totally different and it could be just what you needed. Folding chairs aren't the only means of extra seating - although you could paint an old one in a new vibrant color, you may also spot some cool chairs for only $5 while thrifting. Benches can also work for unconventional seating or give your table a modern look.
Hope these tips are of some help to you :)
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