Friday, December 24, 2010

The Unexpected Table -- Mix and Match!

Hi!  Happy Happy!!

Sometimes it is the simplest things in life which can be used to dress up your table.
Don’t be afraid to experiment…use pieces that at first don’t seem right
Be Creative!!
The table has a way of coming together…
Christmas Eve is here!  Where did December go?  Possibly, you're wondering the very same thing even as you're about to spend your day baking and cooking, running last minute errands, and stowing unfinished laundry and clutter under the bed in the guest room!  Maybe you haven't had even one second to think about setting your holiday table.  Not to worry, a fabulous table can always be set -- whether you've been working on it for weeks, or are pulling it together ten minutes before your guests are due -- by adopting one simple mantra: Embrace the unexpected!!
A great table starts from using a mix of pieces… to create one amazing effect.  The table in this photo is for a dinner I hosted this month:
I started pulling out things a couple of weeks in advance. I found these beautiful aqua cabbage-shaped glass dishes on the left bank in Paris. The rich turquoise color sparkles. I love the way they look… as if they were pulled from the Caribbean waters! The serving dishes and tiered cake stand add a bright flash and the different levels give interest.
The white winter orchids are beautiful and long lasting…I again used clear vases that I found in a wholesale garden & floral store.
Don’t have enough matching china? …scour thrift stores, flea markets, and Granny's “stash”, so everyone has a different setting. That’s fun and unique and interesting!!
Don’t be afraid to experiment with pieces that, at first glance, may not seem compatible. Be creative and little by little, the table starts to come together like a puzzle!!
Mix your pieces!! Don’t be afraid!!
Different heights…levels…all types of china, but also one type of flower to tie your table together!!

Box stores like Loewe's or Home Depot always have orchids all winter long...some in attractive pots or in plastic that you can use in your the white easy to work with....always in my home!

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