Set a place
With the busy lives we lead it’s rare that all the family can sit down to a meal together and enjoy each other’s company. The arrival of the Holiday Season gives us a little time to slow down (once all the cooking, cleaning, gift buying and present wrapping is done, phew!!!) Setting a pretty table is one way to welcome your guests to your home and make them feel special. Whether it’s a quiet supper for two or a gathering of the clans you can make an impression with a few simple accessories and some creativity.
- Use what you have.
- Add natural elements
- Stick to 1-3 colours
In this gunmetal grey theme I used a coverlet for the tablecloth (right size, easily laundered, a great base colour). Next, a simple black place mat, a white dinner plate from my everyday china and a white and silver salad plate. Natural elements, ferns and Chinese lanterns sprayed with silver paint, a glass vase, white ceramic apple and votive holder from my living room.
Simple, white china can be paired with any colour. This turquoise place mat and salad plate adds colour and texture. Stack plates for a more casual look and add another complimentary colour. Orange would be a good choice for this colour scheme. Add a bowl of mandarins for a festive touch, some orange napkins tied with turquoise ribbon and orange candy canes. Fresh and fun.
For a more neutral, rustic theme, linen runners used as place mats, a white dinner plate (so many different looks) an inexpensive grey salad plate and an unexpected touch, lucite flatware adds sparkle. Burlap adds to the rustic look and in this case we used white pumpkins but this could be easily switched up for greenery with a few berries. Place cards were made with brown shipping labels and chalkboard stickers.
Whatever your style, have fun with it.