Crazy things happen in life. Crazy things happen pretty much every day… ok fine, let’s be honest… this house is experiencing some kind of crazy on an hourly basis! It’s just the season we are in. I think this is why I’m desperately craving simplicity in all the controllable areas of my life, like decorating (for example my minimalist living room makeover). I mean other than my kids ever so politely leaving their toys all over furniture, I am the only one who decorates this house! Today I’m going to walk you through how to set a tablescape in 5 easy steps with our summer table decor.
We are trying some new things here on the blog and I’ve got a video for you guys today! I’m really trying to step out of my comfort zone here and be on camera. I know, when you watch it you will probably laugh and thin, to yourself “um… she’s barely on there” but baby steps guys! I am 100% a behind the camera kind of person. I will get nervous introducing myself to a group of strangers. I’m fine once I’m comfortable and I know you… but until then the nerves are on high alert #introvertproblems. So tell me what you think in the comments… should I keep doing videos? Do you guys like them? Take a look at the video, and then I’ll describe in detail what I was thinking through each step of setting the tablescape.
So let’s walk through my process. I’m by no means some professional interior designer, but if you are just a normal person who wants to decorate their table… I’m your girl! ;)
How to Set a Tablescape in 5 Easy Steps
I suppose the first thing you will need is a dining room table, but if you are feeling adventurous you could always throw down the picnic card! : ) But if you don’t have one, you can get one cheap, I promise. Ours was a $40 craigslist makeover!
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- Plates & Smaller Plates (I like to mix and match)
- Cloth Napkins
- Decorations (get the tutorial for my faux concrete vases here)
- Random clippings of greenery or faux stems
Choose a Color Palette to Set a Tablescape
One of the first things I do when preparing for a tablescape is choose my colors. This doesn’t usually take long since I very clearly am a lover of neutrals, but if you want to apply this same method using lots of colors, I would choose your main color and a few accents depending on the look you are going for. And if your a monochromatic kind of person, you should be able to breeze right through this step! ; ) Below you can see a little inspiration shot before I got started. This helps you to not put things together that you will end up hating. If they don’t look good sitting next to each other, they won’t look good on a table either!
Set a Tablescape Base Layer
Next I start with plates. Some people start with centerpieces, I like starting with plates. I went with a large dinner plate and a salad plate. You can also use chargers if you want. Depends on the whole vibe, but with a minimalist approach I went with two plates.
Add Texture to the Tablescape
After your plates are chosen, I like to add the napkins and silverware. Again, some people work with their centerpiece. I personally like to let the dishes speak for themselves and thing of the centerpiece as an accent. You do you though!
I added just a plain white napkin and my new black silverware! I am OBSESSED this silverware. I feel extremely fancy for some reason when I look at it. Is that weird? Probably… but keep reading anyways!
Decorate the Table
NOW I add the centerpiece. Like I mentioned I like the centerpiece to be an accent, especially with this minimal approach. Sometimes I do start with the centerpiece, usually more for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for a more casual approach, this is how I do it. I just added 3 of my Faux Concrete Vases, and two small Black tea light holders. These were just cheap glass ones I painted with a flat black paint. A few stems in the vase and you have a centerpiece!
Add Finishing Touches
At the very end I always try to add a little something to each plate. It’s a little bland if I don’t, and I love the little pop of greenery. This is also a great place for a place card or small gift perhaps.
And that’s how I do it!!
Now invite some people over for a small dinner party and have some fun! It’s always a little more fun when you pull out the fancy stuff. Let’s face it…. when you use paper plates all the time a simple set up like this will have you feeling like royalty!!
You can see all of my tablescapes here