Tablescaping (or better yet, table design) embodies the personality of the creator. Recently, Pat and I have been talking about the trends in tablescaping. I've seen dozens of tables that use a huge variety of patterns for each place setting - it seems the more the merrier. The higher the stack of dishes, the better. The only thing that ties them together is.....well, I am not always sure what does tie them together. But table decorating and design have definitely changed over the years. Mixing plaids, stripes, florals and colorful linens with unmatched flatware (even the dreaded mix of silver with stainless steel), widely diverse patterns, square with round dinnerware or, my arch nemesis, plastic dishes, It's all fair game. The trend seems to be fun, stylish (that depends on your definition), and hip.
I guess it is old age or maybe an unwillingness to change, but when I look back at our tables, most are simple designs with matching plates, flatware, and linen, uncomplicated centerpieces, and always quite serviceable. Indeed, Pat's first rule of tablescaping is: the table must be "usable" - you must be able to serve a meal on it just as it stands or by removing only an accent plate. It is harder than you think.....
This week's table features "Crestwood Platinum" by Noritake and a metallic silver accent plate from Pier 1. Pat toned down the setting somewhat by adding just greenery for the centerpiece. Once again, not a super busy table but one that can be easily used.
Where it came from:
Green Glass Chargers - from Pier 1 years ago
Dinner and Bread/Butter Plates - "Crestwood Platinum" by Noritake from Wayfair
Accent Plate - from Pier 1 years ago
Flatware - "Fluence" stainless steel by Oneida from Replacements.Ltd.
Glassware - from the Dollar Tree (currently available)
Hemstitch Napkins - from Pier 1 four or five years ago
Twisted Candle Holders - by Westmoreland Glass Company from our collection
This week, we will be joining "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch: http://betweennapsontheporch.net/