Thursday, May 29, 2008

Add Color To Your Table Setting

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

Use what you have to set the table

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.

Same placesetting only
we folded the

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.

We will be posting more of our ideas on our other blog at

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Napkin Folding

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 under entertaining ideas. These photos are from