When it comes to seasonal tablescapes, consider applying these four practical ideas and you’ll save lots of time and bucks. Oh how I wish I had took these suggestions to heart a couple of years ago. I can easily be swept away with clearance sales and don‘t even get me started on thrift stores! Before I go any further, I am not saying nor will I ever say that I’m not going to buy stuff on clearance or from thrift stores. I’m just going to be a little wiser with my purchases.
Truth be told, there are dinnerware and other tabletop items that I really would love to have. I’ve put off buying these items because I thought they were too expensive. Had I not been going hog wild with the low-ticket items I would have them by now. Quality over quantity I guess. Ok, enough tabletop confessions on with the four ideas to help you put together beautiful seasonal tablescapes.
Use What you Have
Use it in a different way. Maybe you have a few heirloom pieces that you bring out for a certain season. Go ahead and give them their place on your table, but use a different napkin or fold the napkin differently. If a particular tablecloth always accompanies these pieces, try a different one or go without. Colors off cross themes and holidays. For instance, you’re having guests for dinner and the menu is Italian. In the photo below I used the same dinnerware for an Italian inspired meal and for a Christmas table. The color red was the common denominator. I would also consider using this same set for Valentine’s Day and Fourth of July.
Shop your Home
There’s a bit of crossover with the first tip but you can take it a little further. My mother would have called this, robbing Peter to pay Paul. This centerpiece has made its rounds in my house. It works well for springtime in the family room, and in between seasons in the living room. Move votive holders from your home office or even a bathroom. Do you have lanterns on your deck that you can bring inside for your fall table? I’ve seen many foyer/entryway vignettes with trays. Your seasonal table might be gorgeous with a tray that holds pillars, votives and flowers. The cool thing is that if you don’t like it you can always go to the next idea. Which is…?
Clearance and Thrift Stores
No my nose is not growing as I speak and I’m not walking back my original thoughts. Sometimes buying items at the end of the season or after a holiday is the best time to add to your stash. If you can wait it out you can often find some great things at 75% or even 90% off. The key here is to buy what you know you will use. Don’t just buy pieces because they’re dirt-cheap. When you come across something that is marked way down and you know you’ll use it, inspect it. If you can live with a slight dent, scratch, or think, you can repair or repurpose it, buy it. Woo- hoo do the happy dance! There is nothing worse than getting home and realizing that it’s beyond repair and it was a final sale. At least you burned a few calories with the happy dance.
The chargers in this picture are clearance items from Pier 1. A couple of them are don’t sit perfectly flat but by the time I pile on a couple of plates no one notices. I bought the flatware from Fingerhut eons ago and it’s still hanging tough.
When it comes to thrift stores, one woman’s trash isn’t always another one’s treasure. Failing to inspect pieces that I’ve purchased has resulted in donating the item back to the thrift store. The small plates and clear tumblers are thrift items that were great buys and I have used them repeatedly.
Keep it Simple
Each season presents itself with opportunities to put together an elaborate and over the top table. Is that really you? Would you or your family be comfortable dining at a table with a towering centerpiece dripping with crystals? More often than not, less is more and there is a time and place for everything. When decorating your table use colors that work with the season and don’t let the table settings outshine the meal. You want the meal and the company to be the most memorable. Although I’d love guests to compliment me on my table setting skills I don’t want to hear them whispering about how dry the pot roast was.
Now’s the time to go through your bins, closets and other storage spots and check out what you have. Don’t forget to also go room by room and see what can serve more than one area. Happy tablescaping and let me know if you have any time or budget saving tips you’d like to share.
Speaking of sharing, I’m taking these tips to the following parties this week. Drop by and show them a little love!