Make It Your Own

Part of the fun of having a dinner party or just dinner is setting the table which can be a creative opportunity for anyone.  But I’m not creative you say.  That was my line until someone pointed out that creativity is just a way of looking at things.

To set a table, start out by thinking about the meal.  Is it casual? Formal?  Does the food lend itself to a theme or invite the use of certain colors?  Once you’ve got a thought going, open your cabinets and see what works together, not necessarily matches but leads to the unexpected.  Here, for example, the meal was to be comfort food, one dish served in a bowl with a salad on the side.   It would have been fine to simply put the bowl and salad plate on a placemat, but considering that the meal itself was not very colorful, mostly brown with a touch of color in the salad, I thought the table needed a little pizazz.

first tableOpening cabinet doors I found that these Fiesta style plates in a variety of colors were a perfect complement to a set of pottery that would work great for the food stuffs.   Then, these seldom used handpainted glasses jumped right out off the shelf as a perfect finish.  All that was needed were napkins and placemats that tied the whole look together. 

first tablescapeSince enough was going on with color, simple vases with a single flower were added to the tablescape and to top it all off, this piece of open weave muslin was woven among the vases. 

The result was casual and added color to a meal that was rather plebeian.  In my opinion, everything tastes better if it is presented attractively, and  diners’ responses reflect not just an appreciation for the food but for the total package.

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6 thoughts on “Make It Your Own

  1. I really like the bold colors in your stemware and glasses…they’re really unique and pretty. My daughter would LOVE those!

  2. Colorful and fun! Would love to see a close-up of the goblets – they are so unusual.

  3. The plates and those glasses are so beautiful. Loved the base of the glasses. Just beautiful! Joni

  4. Linda Rubenfeld March 2, 2010 — 1:15 am

    enjoyed reading your Blog alot. Especially liked the creative table settings.

    1. Thanks, Linda. I love doing tables and will return to that subject more than once! Good win today. L

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