The Spring Table

The Spring Table

If you follow me on Instagram then you know it’s no secret that I love tablescapes and flowers.  Every time that I host a get together, I think of the table setting before even planning the menu.  I actually like to set my table 1 or 2 days in advance so that I can choose and move pieces around without being in a rush.

Even when I am not hosting an event, I try to set a pretty table for us to enjoy, although we rarely sit in the dining room for weekday meals – we usually sit in our kitchen table.  Many times I will have a versatile faux arrangement (usually just greenery) as the centerpiece and I change around my chargers and plates to create a different look.  I will leave that out for a month or so and then remove everything, throughly clean the table and start again.

My favorite table settings are when the flowers go on sale at the market and I can really get creative.  Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s tend to have reasonable prices for quality flowers.  Sometimes they will have a “Value bouquet” that you can purchase 2 of and create a really full and interesting arrangement.

Below is the arrangement and table setting that I set up for spring – fun, bright and romantic.

 

The Spring Table

What I love about the mixed value bouquets is that they usually include at least 3 types of flowers that you can mix with some roses and create something really special at home.  Something that looks like it came out of a magazine.

 

The Spring Table

The rest of the table was a nod to the flowers.  I chose the napkins and plates in Spring colors that would complement the flowers.  I love having an assortment of linens to choose from when it’s time for dressing the table.  These napkins were less than 2 dollars a piece (from Sur La Table) and they really play off the yellow flowers.

I added 2 egg wreaths to cage some candles since I may keep this setting throughout Easter.  If I change it again, I will be sure to share it with you!

 

The Spring Table

Because my table is so formal (more than I would like) I add earthy elements like the woven charger and the terra-cotta napkin ring, to make the table setting more dimensional.  Also, because the rest of my home is no longer as formal, I like to add casual touches to this formal space.

Although most of my dinnerware is white, I do have a few colorful accent pieces that I can use throughout the year.  Usually it’s accent plates which take up less room to later store.  These rope design blue plates were found at Homegoods.  The dinner plates underneath are white with a green border and a gold rim.  They are from Williams-Sonoma and I purchased them on clearance after their Easter sale last year.  I love those clearance buys because while these plates were considered “Easter” plates to them, they are simple enough to be used in almost any tablescape – Christmas, Mother’s Day and even Thanksgiving.

Don’t shy away from the “expensive” stores as they sometimes have steep sales that can help you build your entertaining inventory.  If you don’t have the space or desire to have a bunch of plates, simple white dinnerware is beautiful.  Just be sure to purchase a few extra plates to account for breakage over the years.  White dinnerware is classic, timeless and food looks great on a white backdrop.

The Spring Table

These green cups have been in my arsenal for over 15 years.  They were on a mega-clearance and I purchased like 15 of them, thinking that a few may break over the years.  All 15 are still standing – so to speak.

The Spring Table

Of course, these flowers will eventually wilt and I won’t create this sort of arrangement weekly (although I wish I could!) but then I will keep the rest of the table setting and replace the flowers with a faux arrangement or some other less-opulent flower combo.  Nonetheless, I enjoy having them while they last.  I love walking by the dining room everyday and having a pretty table to greet me and my family.

Ready for some more Spring love and ideas?  Hometalk is hosting a #DIYMySpring Blog Hop and you will love all the inspiration!  

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Christmas Tablescape

Christmas Tablescape

Every year I say that I am not decorating as much as I did the year before.  Before I finish the dissertation on how I am taking it easy, and enjoying the ride, I find myself already covered in glitter and looking through Pinterest.  This year was no different.  I didn’t go crazy with Pinterest ideas but I did use glitter and bits of it will be in my hair until next Labor Day, at least.  I decided to do a “simple” (I always feel I have to put that in quotations) silver and gold Christmas tablescape.

Most of the items I used were not Christmas items but when united with certain touches, the overall look was definitely a winter inspired table.  I bought these silver embossed placemats from Target and I know that I can re-use them throughout the year.  I also like the contrast of the silver and gold so I added gold napkin rings to the dark gray napkins.

Christmas Tablescape

 

I spray painted these pine cones silver and added clear glitter while the paint was still wet.  Glitter is something you always regret after-the-fact but in the meantime it looks great! :-)

I purchased the plates at Crate & Barrel in a Christmas clearance sale.  I love the fact that they are “holiday” but can also work year-round.   Especially the dinner plate which only has a gold rim and no other design.  After Christmas sales are the best for stocking up on items that you can use the following holiday season.

 (The lighting on some of these pictures is horrible because I took them with my camera phone, since I didn’t have my favorite camera that day.) 

Christmas Tablescape

 

The centerpiece is a conglomerate of items, mostly items that I display year-round in our home.  A deer that I found at Target, a gold-croco tray, a silver vase with 2 stems of evergreen and candles.  The votives are also from Target and the large candle is from Erin Condren.

 

Christmas Tablescape

 

The rest of the table has glittered trees and candelabra.  Our dinner table seats eight, and I was able to fit quite a bit on the table without it looking overly-crowded.

Christmas Tablescape

 

So that’s one Christmas Tablescape, I will share another look soon.  If you follow me on Pinterest, you may notice me pinning tutorials on “how to get glitter out of your hair” but don’t fret,  tomorrow I am back to researching new years party ideas.  Hang tight.

Maria

Other related Graceful Order posts are:

Stress-Free Holiday Tips

Organizing Christmas Gifts 

Five Minute Thanksgiving Table

Seriously, it took me five minutes.  Granted, I used the same plates and placemats that were already displayed in our dining room but even if I had to add these, it would be close to a “Five Minute Thanksgiving Table”.

Five Minute Thanksgiving Table

 

What is the trick to this fast table setting?  Using swags as a centerpieces.  Swags are meant to hang above doors or hallways, and they usually have a bendable metal frame.  All I did was straighten out the swag to eliminate the curve and add it to the center of the table.  In this case I used two since my table is so long.

Five Minute Thanksgiving Table

 

Then I added these leaf napkin rings to some bright orange cotton napkins.  I placed the napkin above the plate so the napkin ring would stand out a bit more.

Five Minute Thanksgiving Table

 

The finishing touch was the green goblets.  Well, the real finishing touch will be the turkey but that will take a bit more than five minutes to finish up!

Five Minute Thanksgiving Table

This is a very quick and easy tablesetting even if it takes you longer than five minutes.  I will share another thanksgiving table setting later this week so stay tuned.  In the meantime, share with me your favorite ways to set a thanksgiving table.

For more fall tips, check out my perfect thanksgiving gifts, fall porch and fall mantel posts from earlier in the month!

xo,

Maria

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