I’ve been playing make believe again.
This time, I’m pretending it’s spring, full on flip-flop and flowers weather. And it was for a few days — sunshine and glorious temperatures. But outside my window now, it’s cold and raining, turning to sleet later.
But I don’t want to talk about that. I want to show you the pretty table I created, perfect for a ladies’ luncheon, shower or bridesmaids’ tea.
Could you tell they weren’t the real thing?
In my mind, I have been referring to this as the tablescape where everything matches but where nothing does.
In setting this table, I was determined to use only what I already owned. So that meant getting creative and crafty with my table setting ideas. (I really should have ironed the creases out of that napkin!)
I love to scan catalogs, magazines, Pinterest — and even wedding websites — for table setting ideas. But so often the looks are impossible to achieve without a huge budget.
But you don’t have to have a full six- or eight-place settings of china or silver or all the coordinating serving pieces to set a beautiful table.
One of my favorite creative challenges is to open up my cabinets and look at my everyday dishes and bowls in a new way. I also like to shop my house — and sometimes even my closet — to see what I can find to match my theme.
It helps to have a bit of a home decor stash and some collections from which to draw.
But most of what I used to create my girly pink-and-green spring luncheon was not purchased at full retail price, but rather picked up at clearance sales, auctions, antique shops and Saturday morning yard sales, one of my absolute favorite springtime activities.
I did have six matching placemats from Ikea and some coordinating paper napkins. But I didn’t have enough accent plates or glasses or even cloth napkins to complete the tableau. So, I mixed and matched, pulling out everything pink, green and white I own.
Patterned napkins and dishcloths.
And wrapping paper (one of my favorite tricks when you don’t have a tablecloth or runner.)
Bread bowls and teacups.
Goblets and butter dishes and cake domes.
Birds’ nests and candelabras.
Ribbon and boxwood.
Which got dressed up in pretty pink and green flowers, left over from this Valentine’s Day craft project and some wedding programs I made years ago.
I even raided my closet…
And draped some of my favorite springy and preppy sweaters and purses on a chair.
This last little detail left me so inspired I’m planning to invite some ladies over soon for a pink-and-green luncheon to celebrate spring. Because a table this pretty shouldn’t just be for looks. Why create it if you’re not going to use it.
No matter what the weather is outside, it will be spring inside!
If you have major spring fever like I do, be sure to stop by tonight at 6 p.m. EST.
For the Scoop’s Mega Spring Linky Party, which will be cohosted on more than 35 blogs. We’re talking hundreds of spring crafts, recipes and decorating ideas.
If you’re a blogger, this party is a great chance to showcase your spring projects to a huge audience.
Until then, here are a few of my favorite spring projects and table setting ideas.
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