Welcome to the 409th Tablescape Thursday!
I’ve been out of town visiting with family for the last five days and just got back late yesterday evening. Since I wasn’t home to create a tablescape, I thought it might be fun to put together a post all about flatware. Flatware is to a table setting what jewelry or shoes are to an outfit. The right flatware can be the perfect finishing touch to a beautiful setting.
Today I’m sharing some of the ones I’ve collected over the past 30+ years. Of course you don’t need as many patterns as I’ve collected, but I hope by sharing some of the ones I have, it will give you some ideas for your future tables.
I’ll mention the name and where I found each flatware and link to it if it’s still available.
This “Colonial” pattern is by Warren Kimble and it was a find on eBay a few years back. (Table setting can be viewed here: Patriotic Table for Two)
I love it for patriotic holidays. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Patriotic Table Setting
You may have seen this shark flatware in a recent table for Tablescape Thursday. (Table setting can be viewed here: Your Coconut Monkey Drink Awaits)
It’s available here: Shark Flatware but I think it may be out of stock at the moment. (Table setting can be viewed here: 4th of July Table Setting with Patriotic Flag Dishware)
I love the fin on each piece and the funny shark face. It’s great for any summer table, especially one with a beach or water theme.
Another nautical flatware I love to use is this one.
I found this sailboat flatware online at Ross a few years back, but it’s available for much less here: Sailboat Flatware (Table setting can be viewed here: Beach Table with Lighthouse Lantern Centerpiece)
Another flatware that I use from time to time is this one pictured below. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Red, White & Blue for Patriotic Holidays)
Red flatware comes in handy for so many tables. It works for fall, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and patriotic holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day. (Table setting can be viewed here: Celebrating the First Days of Autumn)
This Hampton Forge pattern is available here: Hampton Forge Flatware (Table setting below can be viewed here: Christmas Table with Magnolia and Nandina Centerpiece)
Here’s how it looked in a safari-themed table setting. (Tablescape can be viewed here: African Safari)
I also like to mix flatware occasionally. Don’t have enough place settings of one particular flatware? No problem, mixing different flatware patterns together can add a lot of interest to a table setting.
The deer antler flatware below was found on eBay many years ago. (Table setting can be viewed here: Dashing Through the Snow)
I love using this whimsical twig flatware in fall settings. (Table setting can be viewed here: Autumn Table Setting with Spode Woodland)
I had to use it in this snowy table for the birds. 🙂 (Table setting can be viewed here: Winter Table Setting for the Birds)
When it became available in silver I had to have it. (Table setting can be viewed here: Feminine Table with Silver Accents)
I love it especially in a Christmas or Winter setting. (Winter table can be viewed here: Winter Table Setting)
Update: This flatware is currently out of stock where I first purchased it, but I’m pretty sure this is the same flatware here: Silver Twig Flatware
Gourmet Settings makes some really whimsical flatware and I love this pattern. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Dapper-Dressed Animals Gather)
I found this silly polkadot and stripe flatware on eBay a few years back. I don’t know who makes it.
I like to mix it with another pattern I have in a similar color. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Dining on the Summer Porch)
I purchased this whimsical bee flatware many years ago. (Table setting can be viewed here: St. Patrick’s Day Tea
Another flatware that I’ve collected in several colors over the years is this pattern, also by Hampton Forge. Below you’ll see it in cobalt blue and it’s available here in a variety of colors: Cobalt Blue (Tablescape can be viewed here: Dining on the Porch for the 4th of July)
I love using this pattern in black for Halloween. In addition to the link above, you’ll find it available here: Black Flatware. (Tablescape can be viewed here: Halloween Table Setting with Mercury Glass Pumpkins)
I think I found this green bamboo flatware in Tuesday Morning, either there or at HomeGoods. It’s been so long, I don’t remember now. (Table setting can be viewed here: Spring Table with Daffodil and Moss Centerpiece)
It’s after 10:00, so I need to get this post published, but I’ll continue adding to it today because it will be a great post to refer back to when I get questions about the flatware I’m using in a particular table setting.
Here’s how I store my flatware, in plastic “shoebox” containers I found for $1 in Home Depot. I like that they are clear, allowing me to see into them without opening each one. You can view more of this dishware closet here: Dishware Storage
Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescape shared for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!
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