Sometimes, the best things in life are the simplest things in life! An elegantly set table doesn’t have to be overly fussy. In fact, basic everyday dinnerware is like the little black dress; it can be dressed up or dressed down and used for any occasion to provide everyday elegance.
Whenever I create a dining display, I like it to be both practical and beautiful. Using a variety of heights and textures adds interest, so don’t hesitate to mix the new dishes with the vintage flatware, or the wood with the ceramic, or even use a mix of colors. It’s not important that items “match” so long as they coordinate. Also, use the entire space you have available to display your food by clustering items instead of placing everything in a row.
I recently created a coffee and pastry setup in my dining room using some fantastic multipurpose pieces that are practical enough for everyday use, but elegant enough to create a beautiful display for a gathering of friends.
The 3-tier Glass Drying Rack is a space-saving reproduction of a vintage bottle drying rack and works well as an anchor object in a tablescape. For everyday use, its height is perfect to tuck away on the counter under standard kitchen cabinets, allowing easy access to cups and mugs. It works equally well when hosting a gathering to hold mugs, while saving space on the table and adding height to the display.
The Glass Cafe Mugs give a fun and unique look in the display and add yet another texture to the grouping.
Simple white or off-white dishes coordinate with everything and allow the food to take center stage. These Provence Salad Plates have a delicate fluted edge that adds interest and detail while still maintaining their simple look.
These Stargazer Blue Villa Stripe Napkins remind me of vintage grain sack upholstery common in French decor and add just a touch of color to the display.
This vintage-inspired Aqua Hobnail Glass is just the right size to hold a selection of vintage spoons and forks needed for coffee and scones.
Tips & Tidbits
- To get the biggest bang for your buck, invest in some basic pieces that are practical enough for everyday use but pretty enough for special occasions.
- When creating a dining display (or tablescape), use a variety of heights for added interest. Choose an item to act as a centerpiece or anchor object in the display and then work down from there. Smaller items can be given height by placing them on pedestals, trays or even wooden cutting boards.
- Don’t be afraid to mix it up! One display can include both old and new, shiny and dull, smooth and rough, to create a unique and custom look for the occasion!
- Group like items together so that they are within easy reach of your guests while maximizing your available space.
Please be sure to stop by my blog, Tidbits&Twine, to see more of my home and for lots of decorating tips and inspiration!