Tablescape

Mixing it Up with Melamine

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

This last few days of sunshine have me excited for warmer weather and for casual spring and summer table settings indoors and out. I’ve never been the matchy matchy type when it comes to dinnerware, I like to mix patterns from several sources old and new, it feels far more collected and original that way.

I’ve spent some dollars on collections of melamine plates over the years for serving up summer hors d’oeuvres or savory meals without worry. Melamine plates became popular in the 1950s and now this resin based dinnerware is again in vogue. Many retailers are now offering stylish yet practical collections of melamine plates and platters for casual appetizers, suppers, and impromptu picnics. Modern versions mimic their ceramic sisters but have the benefit of indestructability. 

A few weeks ago, I bought these melamine accent plates and last week these watercolor floral napkins in a fresh color palette with an aloha feel – together they’ll be lovely in spring and summer for dining al fresco in the courtyard.

yellow melamine blue and yellow watercolor floral

  

To inspire, here are a few favorite melamine plate + cloth napkin combos, layer them with your basic whites for a fresh look this season!

blue and black plate napkin

 

mod and jade mix

 

blush plate floral napkin

 

blue and yellow plate napkin

 

yellow and gray place setting

 

stripe and pattern plates

blue striped plate / intersect napkin / fanfare napkin / middleton platesblush plate / villa napkin / isola napkin / coral blue plate / yellow rosa plate / gray chevron napkin / striped napkin / bazaar plates/  

Are you a fan of melamine plates and platters too? Where have you found your favorites?

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Mom’s Thanksgiving Table

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Happy Monday to you all out there!  We’re still hanging out in Las Vegas with my folks and my sister and her husband sharing some fun times – there have been some Elvis sightings including this dude at the airport!  

We prepared a mini Thanksgiving feast since we won’t be together on Thanksgiving Day, and I set a festive table in my Mom’s dining room.  It’s a combination of plates and napkins she has had for years and some leaf clippings from her yard.  I love all the warm tones together and the mustard yellow accents.  Here are a few scenes from my Mom’s dining room!

thanksgiving table with mustard accents

 

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Silver + Gold Tablescape

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

I was asked by Wayfair to partake in their Holiday Tablescape Challenge and I was happy to be one of the many bloggers setting pretty tables this year as part of their campaign.   I’ve always loved mixing metallic finishes especially during the holidays, so I did on this table too, inspired by a fresh geometric fabric I found which combines gold and silver together. 

silver gold mixed place setting

 

I set a table with versatile place settings that will work for several holidays from a Thanksgiving feast to a New Year’s Day brunch.

gold and silver tablescape

 

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