LOL….I am so slow that the faster I go, the more be-hinder I get.
Today, I am going to join a group of bloggers who are showing their Easter Tablescapes.
Please understand that these tablescapes are for inspiration ONLY!
I had a friend say to me….“I can’t do that” OR
“I don’t have the money to buy all new stuff for a pretty Easter Tablescape.”
Hey, I get you.
I understand you.
This is me talking, sweet folks.
Perhaps some bloggers are trying to tell you how to decorate and using their designing backgrounds to help.
But the majority of us are just like you.
Every day people.
We have budgets.
Take a look at these green stemmed glasses…they are from the dollar tree several years ago.
I believe they still have them.
We bloggers make designing faux paxs (read that as mistakes)too.
But we just say we like the juxtaposition of rustic and vintage….or some such thing.
But what we are really trying to explain is…. there is no wrong way to set up a tablescape.
If you want to use paper plates and napkins….that is ok.
If you have vintage and heirloom linens, that is ok.
If you prefer eating on a TV Tray, that is ok.
Just because you see a pretty tablescape by one of us….please know that we are NOT trying to tell you how to set a table.
Do it the way you want to do it.
Mix it up like I did in the above photo. Purple and Pink and Green.
What we are doing is showing you a way to set a tablescape with what we have on hand.
Give you inspiration to look around your home.
Most of us do not go out and buy all new items for a tablescape.
If, on a rare occasion I do that….I leave that baby up for a long, long time.
I want to enjoy my money’s worth. LOL
I tell the Captain,’ let’s eat outside on the Lanai’….so I don’t have to muss up the pretty tablescape.
The point is…We, bloggers use what we have.
We may splurge on flowers or use faux flowers.
These are faux cherry blossoms in a pink watering can.
(When you purchase faux flowers, make sure they look good…you want your money’s worth….and they will reward you in future tablescapes or vignettes.)
We may find a sale on napkin rings OR we may just fold the napkin and place it near or on the plate.
We may see some cute little salad plates on sale…and buy them (usually only 4)…that is one trick we use.
Not many of us are set up to put a matching 12 place setting on the table, like for a large family holiday dinner.
No, we use 4 place settings or sometimes 2 or sometimes 6.
See? … my plate stacks are using only 4 dinner plates and 4 salad plates.
Mix and Match.
No right or wrong way.
By the way, these petal plates are about 20 years old.
I bought them at the Sun Fresh Super Market while buying groceries.
I own only three 12 place settings of dinnerware, that I have had for years.
One set is over 50 years old.
One set is 15 years old and the other is about 20 years old and was gifted to me.
All the others are mostly 4 place settings.
Some of us have favorite chargers that we use over and over and sometimes we just use a tablecloth or place mat.
And I have been known to use a napkin as a place mat.
And here is another spoiler alert.
We don’t always make our little cute cut out and frosted cookies.
We buy them.
Now, before someone yells at me and says they make home made…..I do too.
But sometimes, I buy them already made or they are semi-homemade.
The point is short cuts are ok too.
None of us are super, Stepford Wives…Our tablescape may be pretty, but perhaps our sink has dirty dishes in it or the laundry needs to be done.
It takes time to set up tablescapes, take photos, edit them, write the post and take care of a family.
Sidebar Note: I meant to fill the pink egg plate with deviled eggs. 🙁
🙁 I didn’t get any made. ;(
I have also been known to go into my garden and pick up a garden gnome or a ceramic rabbit to use as a centerpiece.
Wipe them off and set them on the table.
Or if you have a pretty urn or covered casserole…they are also good centerpieces.
I love this pink watering can.
Who knows? Next time you see it, it could be painted blue or green.
Spray paint is wonderful.
Add a little bunny from your what not shelf like this one.
Or this little bird.
The pink pineapples are really candles with the lids on and the bunny place card holders are from Pier 1 several years ago.
All I did was place them on a saucer, their little bottoms hide the coffee cup indentation.
So as you look at these different tablescapes….know that there are ideas there to help jog your memory, if you are wanting to set a pretty table.
You don’t have to set your table exactly like the blogger sets hers.
Steal an idea or not.
Hugs to you all and now I need to clean up my office.
Please don’t look at it…wait, I will just close the door.
Another spoiler alert.
A Special Thanks to my dear friend Chloe….she works so hard setting up these Blog hops and I want her to know how much I appreciate her. Hugs dear friend.