Posts Tagged ‘tablescapes’

Holiday Tabletop Favorites

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Hello and happy Monday! We had a non stop weekend filled with activity, on Saturday we built garment racks with a team of volunteers for the Work Clothes Closet project, I’ll share the basic assembly and supply list tomorrow. Yesterday, I caught the holiday bug so we opened up the Christmas closet and I started decorating in the living room, I love the annual ritual of bringing out the ornaments and decor and styling them around the house. 

Are you setting a holiday table this year? We will be spending Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Las Vegas so my Mom and I will recreate a version of this table. Christmas dinner will be spent there as well since my brother’s family is traveling all the way from Savannah that week. New Year’s Eve will be at our place, so I bought a set of these fun confetti appetizer plates for our dinner party with friends and family.

I like to purchase things that can be used again for other occasions, I’m drawn to white with gold and/or silver since the palette is festive and universal. For a simple and elegant presentation, add some twigs and painted pumpkins for Thanksgiving; touches of blue for Hanukkah; berries, pinecones, and candles for Christmas, and something sparkly for New Year’s Eve.

golden pumpkins tablescape

a pumpkin & a princess

golden thanksgiving table

me and my insanity

TZBEIL.indd

villeroy & boch

star holiday linens

h & m

A no fail formula includes a gold or silver charger, basic white dinner plate, cloth napkin, wine/water glass, and silverware. Layer with a tablecloth or runner, add an accent plate, or introduce new barware or serveware for added charm! Here are a few favorites useful for a table settings from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve.  

Barware

barware

mingle glasses, crate & barrel

gold silver barware

dot champagne glasses / gold rimmed whiskey glasses / metallic drinking glasses / greet bar glass / zebra silver wine glasses / ombre pewter glassware 

Accent Plates

pheasant accent plate

pottery barn pheasant plates

accent plates

green patterned plates / nate berkus black & white dessert plates / mercury glass salad plate / dot salad plate / joy bird accent plate   

Serveware

marble serveware cb2

two tier marble server, cb2

silver gold serveware

metal geo bowl / silver & gold leaf tray / gold flatware / confetti platter / cake stand / silver wine bucket 

   

Find more 2014 Holiday Decorating and Entertaining favorites on my Pinterest board!

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?