Setting up the Dining Table!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, here's four different table settings from casual to fancy that could be used everyday or for entertaining! Keep a table looking interesting with many layers; layers of dinnerware, layers of linens, accessories etc. but be careful not to overcrowd the table. Starting with a runner or a tray (depending on the shape & size of your table) in the center of the table is a great way to create an arrangement that is contained and leaves plenty of room for tableware and food dishes. I was able to create all of these looks with mainly items I already had and then used my mom's house, dining table and a few of her tabletop items. Neutral dinner plates, glassware and table linens make it much easier to switch up your table decor!

First up I have set a casual table scape that could be used everyday or for casual entertaining anytime of the year (the fruit and napkins are summer-ish but those would be easy to change). Pottery plates keep it casual yet cool and the layers of ivory and mint green keep it interesting. A wood charger underneath the plates and the coordinating wood bowls on top add texture and warmth. Everyday silver flatware is used to keep it casual. Recycled glasses are nice and sturdy for everyday but unique and pretty enough for entertaining. For the centerpiece start with a simple textured runner, and layer on the candles, flowers, fruit bowls and other accessories. 

Next up I have set an example of Fall/Harvest table scape. Pottery style plates are used again but with ivory(dinner plates) and yellow(salad plates) to warm up the look for the season. Pottery bowls in ivory coordinate with the dinner plates and have a bit more formal look. Gold flatware looks beautiful with warm Fall colors and also adds a lot of shine and interest. For the centerpiece start with a neutral runner, I chose a natural runner with knotted ends to add some seasonal texture. Sometimes it's nice to keep an arrangement low, more room for guest to see each other, to achieve this use multiple small vases for flowers (I used old salsa jars) and layer on small items like tea-lights and greenery flat on the table.

Next I have set a wintery Christmas table scape! Simple white dinner plates (from the dollar tree) are used to add a lot of white on a large table throw. Also thick white cloth napkins are luxurious yet simple and paired with a silver beaded napkin ring the become more holiday. For the tablecloth I really used a thin throw blanket that I already had, but it's really the same thing as a table throw and an easy way to use what you already have! I've used my mom's silver china flatware for a formal and wintery look. And fancy glass goblets and highballs add shine. The arrangement is larger here because always go bigger for Christmas, yet still try to keep towards the center of the table. A bold floral arrangement (with greens and berries from the yard) looks great mixed in with seasonal decor such as silver votives, holiday snack bowls, holiday salt & pepper, ornaments, mini evergreen trees, etc. 

Lastly is a simple yet formal table scape that could be used anytime of year. A color palette of gold and ivory gives it a glamorous look. Ivory dinner plates are paired with formal gold chargers. A gold and mother-of-pearl tea set tops off the plates and adds extra elegance. Gold flatware pairs beautifully. Simple glasses help to not over-clutter the look but by using multiple wine glasses you still get an elegant look. The center arrangement starts with a neutral runner with gold accents, and the accessories are just the tea serve ware and some pretty flowers in a large vase.

 

 

Most products are from Pottery Barn, some items from Target and others were my mom's or gifts (unknown).