Saturday, August 9, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tanya also has a ton of yummy recipes on her blog as well. Make sure you hop on over there and check out her blog.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
How cool is this! Chalkboard napkin rings .....placesetting name tag and napkin ring in one! I found these online at MoMa Store (click on the name) They are pricey at $65.00 for a set of four! But why not make some yourself. Paint the chalkboard paint on some wooden napkin rings that you already own and Voila! You are good to go.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
These are some photos I got from Sur La Table and Pottery Barn. I love the dining table at the bottom with all the glass candle holders hanging overhead. I think I will do this next month and have it be like fireflies are dancing above our heads while eating outside.
DINING ROOMS! I love them. They are the place where the family gathers for those special meals when the "nice" dishes come out of the closet. It is also the place where we bring our guests to make them feel special. I love putting fresh flowers on the table,I like to use chargers with a nice dinner plate and sometimes a salad plate or soup bowl. A freshly laundered pressed napkin (if I have the time to iron them) with a some sort of special touch...a ribbon, a flower or just a fun napkin ring.
I love the white sideboard table with the urns and large glass bowls holding silver balls. Look how they changed up the ratan chairs by adding a white cloth over each chair back. And Hello...look at the chandelier made to look like a nest using grapevines and then adding pearls! How funky is that!
Please let us know if any of these photos inspires anyone of you to do something out of the ordinary in your dining room by leaving us a comment or two.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
My daughter Madeline and I start off with a simple placesetting: I used a cute beachy plastic dessert/salad plate (from Big Lots 4 for $4.99) stacked on top of a square white plate placed on an angle and then stacked on top of a large yellow plate used as a charger plate. It's o.k..... but it is just not popping for me so on to the next photo so you can see what we continue to add to make this really look great.
We have added a punch of color by using a plastic hot pink goblet with a little paper umbrella in it and we have taken the plain white napkin and put a silk flower around it for a napkin ring. I cut the flower off the long stem but left about 5 or 6 inches so I could bend it into a circle to wrap around the napkin.
More color!! I found some amazing blue tissue paper laying around the house and we decided to make a table runner from it!! We also set the other placesetting across from it and used an orange colored plastic goblet for fun. Just by adding a few simple colorful accessories, the table top now pops and it looks like a celebration is just about to happen. Have fun, be creative, try new things to make your dinner table come alive.
Monday, May 5, 2008
My daughter, Madeline and I got out lots of my dishes, napkins, tablecloths and fabrics and played around with them to come up with many different options of how to set the table. Madeline is a photographer and took many photos of the settings so you can see what what we did.Here is black and white plates on a white table cloth with a black fabric runner going down the center of the table. A red napkin folded in what is called the "The bird of paradise fold" with a fresh white daisy in the middle of it. We also used an old clock for the centerpiece. Use interesting things that you would not normally use.
napkin into a "fan" and
once again used the white daisy.
Using the black and white plates but putting them on dark placemat and using a white napkin with a napkin ring, it looks more formal now.
Finally we put a large yellow dinner plate underneath the black and white plate and used a printed napkin and folded it into the "rose" look and put a small radish in the middle.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Sometimes just a simple fold is all you need. Look at these gorgeous green plates on a light blue tablecloth with simple white napkins!
Or how about a brown napkin folded and tied with a white ribbon and a small stemmed flower tucked into the ribbon. So simple and yet it adds a nice touch to the table.
See more ideas on our website http://www.thestylesisters.net/ under entertaining ideas. These photos are from http://www.theknot.com/
Monday, April 14, 2008
Don't you just love simple things! This is a milk bottle carrier with old milk bottles filled with flowers from a garden. It has character, color and design. Sometimes we may fret about what to put on our tables for a centerpiece when all we have to do is look around the house for something unique to put some flowers in. You might have an old water pitcher, or a glass vase lost in the back of a cupboard somewhere...bring it out and breathe new life into it by putting it on display filled with flowers. So Simple and yet so beautiful and pleasing to the senses!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Paired with simple white dishes and striped lime green and turquoise place mats this table is so fresh looking.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Isnt' that a nice phrase..."the table is set" It means the food is about to brought to the table to be enjoyed by all. I remember growing up...my mom would usually set a nice table with colorful placemats and napkins. Mom always used some pretty dishes. and would find some colorful flowers to use for the centerpiece. It didn't have to be extravagant ...just some flowers from the backyard or a green plant from inside the house....it was just something to finish off the table. Looking at the table all set meant that dinner or breakfast was about to start! Eating together as a family was a part of our daily life. As we grew, mom would have either me or my brother set the table. Later on in life after my little sister was born, she also had the chance to set the table daily as well. Sitting around the table at the end of the day was nice way to hear about everyone's day. In my own home I have carried on that tradition.....it may not happen every night but I do try to make it happen most nights. What about you and your family?
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I just love using black and white plates because they are so versatile! Tonight I used my black and white dishes that have black words all around the edges with some beautiful black and white toile salad plates (that the hubs bought me for Valentines day..Yea he is amazing!) then I set them all a top a very large yellow plate that used as a charger. I have all the plates sitting upon a textured dark dark brown placemat and it really looks nice.
I experimented a little bit with a few other ideas as you can see in the photos.
I just love using large white napkins rolled up and pushed through a cute napkin ring holder. This one is made of metal and has silverware criss-crossed..soo cute!
In this photo I used some lime green salad plates that I bought last year at the after Christmas sales from Pier 1 imports! I really love to play with fun colors and different glasses. Here I used a plain glass water goblet.
Here is our dinner table all set ready to go. Check out my other blog at www.thestylesisters.blogspot.com
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I love entertaining...whether it is for family, friends, large gatherings or a quiet romantic dinner for my husband and I. For me it is all about setting the table to make everyone feel just a little bit special. I am a plate freak!! I love all kinds especially the small salad/dessert plates because they are usually inexpensive and there are soooo many cute ones to choose from that really make a difference for your table setting! Cloth napkins...don't get me started on that....I can never have enough. My favorite are usually very large, solid and pure white stiff cotton fabric so that when you fold them...they stay in the shape you want...but I do have many in all different colors. Tablecloths....I actually don't have a ton of those but I would like to add to my collection! Silverware and goblets are another fav of mine. I do have some gold goblets, clear goblets and clear bubble glass goblets, and some large open goblets that are really fun to serve dessert in. I think I would like to get some pink goblets and maybe some cute martini glasses with a squiggly stem (even though we don't drink alcohol they are just so pretty). I also really enjoy using charger plates! I have a lot of gold ones and some deep cranberry red ones that look so nice with just plain white dishes on them! This blog will be dedicated to things beyond the regular dinner table. I will share fun ideas for centerpieces, tablecloth creativity using different fabrics, unique centerpiece ideas and tons more. If you have ideas that you can share please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can post your ideas here too!