happy December, friends! can you believe this time of year is already upon us? if you've kept up with my little blog for any length of time, you may know that one of my favorite things to do is set the table. a few weeks ago, I was playing around with table setting ideas and wanted to share with you a little something I came up with!
I tend to be drawn to a more neutral and natural color palette, made up of creams and whites and greens and wood tones. when I set out to create this tablescape, I knew I wanted to use my magnolia garland and these the black + white dishes. I paired the dishes with simple white dinner plates—and by simple, I mean cheap. these white dishes are brought to you by the Dollar Tree. I scored the gorgeous chargers at HomeGoods a few years ago. I only wish they'd had more! all I could find was a package of four. the black + white dishes are from a local antique store. I found them earlier this year. I have gotten so many compliments on them; and I'm happy to share that while they look antique, they're actually new-ish. they are by burton+BURTON. I bought the magnolia garland last year at Paul Michael Company. it cost a pretty penny; but I loved it, knew I'd use it again and again, and I had a gift card. so, the investment seemed like a no-brainer.
I tucked some cream-colored linen napkins into four Dollar Tree wine glasses, or water goblets for all the teetotalers out there. I love the way the napkins resemble magnolia blooms when paired with the magnolia garland. that was a happy accident, really. I noticed it after I set the table and was standing atop it with my camera in hand.
for my flatware, I used a mismatched collection of antique silverware. I started collecting antique silver a few years ago. at first, it was just serving pieces, like soup ladles and pie servers. over time, I acquired quite a collection of forks, knives, spoons, mint julep cups, etc. what started as a hobby proved to be quite useful. after we flooded, the beautiful silverware from our wedding registry was lost. so now all we have and use is this eccentric mix of unmatching silver. though it's a little unconventional, I love the idea of having these treasures that were once a special part of others' homes. I can only imagine the stories that each piece would tell. engraved pieces are my favorite of all.
this might be one of my favorite tables I've created thus far. in hindsight, it would've been neat and added more color + texture to scatter clementines down the garland, tucked between the leaves. that would've made for a lovely thanksgiving table. or even Christmas! that's what I liked about this setup too—it's transitional. it could work as a fall tablescape and go all the way through winter.
what do you think? what are your favorite ways to set your table?