For the first tabletop, I started with my round, white-on-white table and chairs set. I used a vintage beaded Indian sari as the tablecloth to set the tone for a whimsical, world-traveler table-top. I think this would be perfect for a casual dinner party where guests will be delighted by the humor in the details. Elements of this table-top could also be interpreted for a wedding or a festive winter occasion.
I added height to the table by bringing in a vintage globe, a houseplant. For some more funk and personality, I added accessories like a wooden elephant and empty bottles with candlesticks.
For place settings, I used round silver trays (originally from the Goodwill) as chargers and mis-matched vintage lace pieces as the napkins. To complete the whimsical vibe, I used spiked bracelets (from Forever 21) as the napkin rings.
Instead of placing the silverware on the table, I stuck the forks, knives, and spoons in a glass jar filled with dried beans. Fun!
I went for a slightly more modern and clean look with this second tabletop. I think this would be perfect for a romantic dinner date and the colors would work year round. Again, I started with my white table and chairs set and added two white cotton scarves in a cross-shape as the tablecloth. The candelabra was an old lamp that I bought at a garage sale and dismantled to use as a tealight holder. This brings height and elegance to the tablescape.
In lieu of flowers, I cut a large leaf off a plant outside and put it in a simple bottle. In a vintage silver pitcher, I used a leek, a carrot, and a ginger root for some more color and whimsy...there are other options besides flowers! The wine glass and decanter are Goodwill finds that normally accent my home bar area.
I used bamboo placemats and simple white dish ware at the place settings. To add a touch of color, I used mismatched vintage silk scarves as decorative napkins. You won't want your guests using these as actual napkins so fold some other ones underneath for use while eating. I hope you found these table-top decorating and entertaining tips helpful and please visit my blog mrkate.com for many more fun and simple ideas!
Olivia Martin is the managing editor at Dwell. Growing up in a 1905 Victorian fostered her love of architecture, design, and unpredictable floorboards. Aside from organizing articles flying around the Dwell office, she can be found wandering in vintage clothing stores or coercing her roommate into various decorating schemes for their apartment.
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