Right now is one of those times when there are so many things on the go, but none of them finished. None are particularly huge projects or anything, but with so many things happening lately the littlest things - organizing drawers, getting a Christmas tree, finishing off a craft project, even just editing photos - are only half-done.
Which means I feel like I have nothing to blog about. Ugh. Does this happen to you guys?
I decided that today I will try to finish at least one thing (I'm in the midst of decorating my china cabinet for Christmas at 8:45 am while Benjamin is sleeping in, so it is a promising start). But in the mean time, instead of leaving you all with nothing, I thought I'd share a few favourite tablescapes & centrepieces from the past, all in one spot. Maybe because I'm playing around with my china display. But also because I am thrilled to have some new readers lately, so even though they are not new projects it may be new to lots of you. And maybe there are a few of you out there as crazy about china, crystal, and other tablewares as I am...(like Shelia, or The Tablescaper). Ok, enough rambling...
To recreate this centrepiece, grab a few mismatched candlesticks (single ones can be purchased for next to nothing at thrift stores) and pop 'em on an old silver tray that you sit atop a cake stand. Voila!
Aren't these teaspoons cute? I once did a giveaway with a set of them and Marty at A Stroll Thru Life won them.
And here you can see my favourite pieces of our wedding china - the salad plates.
More on this table can be found here.
This table features what I call our breakfast china, as well as our gold flatware (a total steal - read about that here), and the grey tablecloth you saw last week (right here).
Instead of a decorative centrepiece, on this tiny table that morning it was totally functional - all the fixings for tea. Again, just pop stuff on a cakestand and it suddenly seems centrepiece-ish.
And, as you'll notice in a lot of my tablescapes (and room designs), I think it is fun to mix up fabrics. No need for your napkins and tablecloth to match!
If you are looking for ideas for a bigger party, check out this dinner party for 75 that we put on in my parents' basement for my Granny's 80th (more details here).
And of course I've showed you some wedding tablescapes that I adore, like these two (see here and here for more on the weddings):
Here's another breakfast table (more here). Sarah Richardson used these parrot plates in a guest room on Sarah's House once. (Read about that here). I heart her.
And another easy, last-minute, functional centrepiece. This is why you should buy a few of those old silver trays you see all over thrift stores - they are so handy!
In this tablescape, you can see my painted pumpkins. I also used 99 cent napkins as placemats, The runner is key to using napkins in this way. See this post for details.
A better look at the pumpkins:
I added in blue candles to make this tablescape with those same pumpkins (you can see more here and find the pumpkin tutorial here).
This one is recent, but here is the 30th anniversary dinner party table for my in-laws (originally here). Since the traditional gift is pearls, we had touches of pearl on the table.
The centrepiece was just corks in a trifle bowl with a candle. Details are here if you want to recreate this.
And lastly, if corks aren't your thing and you don't want your centrepiece to be a tea set or something like that, flowers or candles are always the best choice. Here's a few that I've shown you in the past:
I hope you had fun checking out some of these table decor ideas. I have lots of new Christmas table ideas in the works, and about a million other half-finished projects that I can't wait to finish and then tell you all about. I'm off to finish up what I can before Benny wakes up!
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