all set

I love setting the table. (For company.)

Here’s one I put together recently–a casual dinner with friends…

Brought these coral-etched plates from a few years ago. So happy I have them.

It’s not unusual for me to set the table days in advance of my party. There’s a practical reason (one less thing to do on the day-of); and a not-so-practical reason (it gives me lots of time to fuss and fluff, make butterfly-shaped place cards, or figure out how to turn a cloth napkin into a rosebud).

Lately, I’ve been scanning Pinterest for tablescape ideas. (Warning: If you do this, you will not be able to peel yourself off the internet long enough to set the actual table.) Saw a few beautiful place settings and challenged myself to recreate them without spending buckets of money. Here goes….


A pricey proposition: L'objet Aegean dinner plate, $220; set of four Jonathan Adler dinner plates, $75; and monogrammed chevron placemat, $45

My version…

Glass Reef Gold Charger Plate; $28.49,

The same Jonathan Adler Greek Key Dinner Plate; $16,

Chevron placemat with custom monogram (mine!); $19.95,

Or recreate the look with doppelganger dinnerware…

Pebble Dinnerware, set of four chargers; $79.80,

Zig Zag Dinnerware, set of four plates; $27.80,


Love the serene shade of aqua, textural mats, and feminine feel....

My version…

Berry and Thread five-piece place setting; $131,

Or sub in this ruffled dinner plate…

Aqua dinner plate, set of four; $11.99,

Romanesque Salad Plates, set of four; $50,

Flutter Round Placemat; $3.95,


A fiesta of coral-and-sea colors...

My version…

9-Inch Fiesta Luncheon Plate in Scarlet; $29.77,

Fiesta Four-Piece Place setting in Turquoise; $50,

Fiesta Four-Piece Place setting in White; $50,

Tyler Florence by Mikasa Rustic White 'Baroque' Dinner Plate, 11-1/4 inches; $22,

And an idea that, price-wise, can’t be “beat”…

Next thing I want to master for my dining table:

Bargain bonus: Asparagus is now in season.

What kinds of tables have you set recently? Were raw vegetables involved?

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