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the formula for setting a pretty table

My love for setting pretty tables began in high school. I worked at a fine jewelry store that carried china, crystal, and flatware. Part of my job was to create tablescapes and window displays with the merchandise. To me, it was more “play” than work. I never grew tired of it.

Psssttttt…wanna know the secret to creating a gorgeous table? It’s all about textures and layers.

I could tell you, but I’d rather SHOW you. In 8 super-simple steps!

Let’s pretend this runner is ironed, shall we? πŸ˜‰ It won’t matter in just a minute anyway.

You can also use a pretty piece of fabric like I did on our 4th of July table.

Keep the centerpiece low for easy conversation.

Make sure your “anchor” pieces have varying heights.

I like mine to have texture. It gives the china a nice backdrop.

I had to show you a closer view of the salad plates. They are my absolute favorites for fall. Can you believe I found them at Salvation Army?

I like to add a piece of fruit or something from nature (shells, faux tiny bird nest, etc.) to give dimension, visual interest and in this case a POP of color!

Instead of laying the flatware on the napkins, I mixed it up by placing the napkins under the salad plate and tying the flatware with a satin ribbon. Again…it’s all about texture.

Place cards add that little bit of personalization. They don’t have to be fancy…have fun with them!

Don’t forget the votive candles. They are the most inexpensive element, yet have the biggest impact on a table.

That’s all there is to it!

Told you it was super-simple. πŸ™‚

Come back tomorrow for a place card making tutorial!

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20 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kim #

    Gorgeous table setting. That had to be a fun job you had. Can’t wait for the place card tut.

    November 3, 2011
  2. I just had this post show up in my in box… which is hilarious because I am still on your blog scrolling back from earlier this morning…. I have lost 3 or 4 hours?? here… love all your posts…

    November 3, 2011
  3. Oh, what a dream job! I wish I had learned these tricks when I was MUCH younger! BUT, I am having fun now;):) XO, Pinky

    November 3, 2011
  4. The table looks nice. Great tips~love all the touches.

    November 3, 2011
  5. That job sounds like a blast!! Seriously in love with those salvation army plates!!! They are perfect!!

    xx Patience

    November 3, 2011
  6. Love the placement “cards”! Your table looks so inviting and adds to the overall cozy environment of the room. I love the holidays when I bring out my English transferware plates…this is my favorite time of the year!

    November 3, 2011
  7. rachel #

    wow timely post. i have been scouring pinterest looking for tutorials and pics of table setting. Thank you!

    November 3, 2011
  8. Love it! I am going to incorporate all of our unused deer horns into a table decoration or something this fall. I love your ideas! Thanks!

    November 3, 2011
  9. I LOVE your plates! Gorgeous table setting!

    November 3, 2011
  10. Pam #

    Very well done. Thanks for the tutorial!


    November 3, 2011
  11. LOVE it! I, too, really enjoy playing with tablescapes. If I had the room, I’d be a china hoarder. LOL That doesn’t quite sound right, does it? πŸ˜‰ I always keep my table dressed, and we ‘set the table’ every night for dinner. Just makes it more special. Thanks for sharing your fabulous tips! I always enjoy your blog. πŸ™‚

    November 4, 2011
  12. Nana #

    You never cease to amaze. Those wheels are always turning. Love the table decor and the china which as you know I have a weakness for. Great job as usual.

    November 4, 2011
  13. I guess you didn’t get my comment about meeting at Tattered Tiques today since I didn’t see you there this morning! I came home w/ lots of goodies from Junk Warehouse and Tattered Tiques. We’ll just have to try again sometime! I never tire of those stores!
    Your table setting is so gorgeous! I aways have alot of trouble setting a pretty table. I also loved your glue gunned pillows! I’m not a sewer so I’m always happy to see alternate methods.

    November 4, 2011
    • I’m sorry, Lisa but I didn’t see it. Glad you found some goodies. We’ll have to try again for sure. Hope you had a good weekend.

      November 6, 2011
  14. This is one simply gorgeous table! I love the thrift store plates…what is the pattern?

    November 4, 2011
  15. Great ideas!

    November 4, 2011
  16. This is fabulous and I love how you showed us the steps! Thank you!

    November 7, 2011

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