This fun and casual summer tablescape includes pops of orange that brightened a dreary day.
Ever since the last snowflake fell I’ve wanted to use this tablecloth. I’ve had it for several years and typically use it only once a year in summer. I was beginning to feel locked into the same dinnerware when using this cloth and that’s why it’s taken me so long to bring it out. In addition, I was determined not to buy anything new. That was until I went into Burlington’s last week looking for salt and pepper shakers for my daughters. A little voice told me not to go to the clearance section, but I didn’t listen. From now on I should set a limit to how much I will spend on dishes, props, etc., rather than putting a moratorium on spending.
These melamine plates were only .99, how could I resist!. Plus, they were perfect for this table. I have no qualms about using plastic and paper with my informal dinnerware and of course, it all depends on the occasion. Some holidays and formal occasions call for a bit more decorum. At other times, rules are made to be broken.
Melamine has come a long and beautiful way since my mother used it. Sometimes at first glance, it’s hard to tell the difference between it and it’s breakable counterparts.
This fun and casual summer tablescape starts with this cloth that I’ve been itching to use all season. I purchased it from the Penney’s clearance section a few years back. It’s a little persnickety in that it will catch a snag in a heartbeat. However, you can’t beat this color combo for summer.
After the cloth was laid I started with the centerpiece, and I use that term loosely here. The two horizontal striped mercury vases are a part of the rock-bottom clearance items I scored at my grocery store in June. These beauties were only $2.49 each. Inside I tucked what I think may be peonies but I’m not 100% sure. Also in the vases is a single gold swirly twig. In the middle of the two, I placed a small orange votive holder with a painted white flowers.
The print on the tablecloth is a tad busy so I stayed away from any prints on the dinnerware. To begin the stack, I used an orange acrylic charger. On top of that is my bargain priced orange rimmed melamine plates. The creamy interior of the plate aired perfectly with the tan stoneware salad plate that sits on top of it. To finish the stack, I used orange bowls.
For the napkins, I kept it very simple by using these orange polyester napkins from Pier 1. I tied a simple knot in each and place it alongside the bowl.
To mimic the flow of the vines on the tablecloth I chose my swirl handled flatware.
These Pier 1 green goblets have been out several times this year and I’m not done with them yet. Accompanying them are my plain thrift store water goblets.
Needless to say, the dreary day was more tolerable after styling this table.
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