Welcome to the 132nd Tablescape Thursday!
I’ve always been drawn to pattern and color so when I was a young bride-to-be, I chose Lenox Temperware in the pattern, Fancy Free for my everyday china. It was and is indestructible. I think it would last through a nuclear war.
For our formal china we chose Noritake, Colburn. I don’t think too many folks are choosing a “formal” pattern these days when they are getting married. I still have the Colburn and have used it in a few tablescapes here: Winter Table with Swarovski Snowflake Centerpiece and Silver-Tiered Centerpiece for Christmas.
I used the Fancy Free, Lenox china every day for about 9 years before I said to myself, “Self, you need another everyday china!” Self agreed and that’s when Villeroy & Boch’s, Melina came into my life.
Again, Melina was very much a heavily patterned china. I was tickled to see it in a Rachel Ray show one day. She made a visit back to the resort/restaurant where she once worked and Melina was the china they used in their dining room there.
Around 15 years later, I had the opportunity to buy china in the Blue Willow pattern very inexpensively at a Publix supermarket. I couldn’t resist since Blue Willow has always been one of my favorite patterns.
I collected quite a bit of the Blue Willow (12 place settings) and it and the Melina are my everyday china still today. At Christmastime, I use all my holiday patterns and when I entertain on the porch, I use china I’ve purchased inexpensively just for the porch.
Amazingly, over all these years, I never bought any all white or cream china until just a few years ago. Can you believe it? Buying an all white dish pattern before always seemed a little boring but once I did, it opened up endless possibilities for creating lots of different tablescapes for very little expense. Looking back, I don’t know why it took me so long to realize how versatile an all white china pattern would be. Let me show you what I mean.
The white dishware you see below was purchased from Big Lots. Six, 6 pc place settings, which included a dinner plate, salad plate, cereal bowl, fruit bowl and cup/saucer, along with multiple serving pieces was only $29.99. The week after I bought mine, it went on sale for $19.99!
The place mats, napkin rings and napkins are from another discount store, Old Time Pottery and were only $1 each. The flowers were cut from my perennial garden. Large, white pillar candle holders are from Colonial Candle and since they are white, they work well for almost any table setting you have in mind. (Tablescape can be viewed in full here: Summer Tablescape on the Porch)
Here’s a completely different look using the exact same dishware paired with dollar store glassware and the same napkins from the previous table setting. The centerpiece was free, snagged from a room in another area of my home. Tip: Shop the house when you’re looking for a great centerpiece for your table.
Below, you’ll find the same china and the same stemware. The only thing that has changed are the salad plates which were very reasonable at $3.99 each from HomeGoods. The shell centerpiece consists of shells found while on vacation. The napkin rings were plain, wood rings from Kohls and I just hot-glued large shells onto the top for a more decorative look. Starfish votives were only $1 each from Marshalls. Again, I used the same large, white pillar candle holders as seen previously.
By just changing out your salad plates, your table will take on a whole new look. (Tablescape can be viewed in full here: Beach Themed Table Setting
How about a romantic dinner for two? Look how completely different this table setting feels using the same white dishware paired with a tablecloth found in a local thrift store. The flowers are just honeysuckle gathered from the yard and placed in a small, white pitcher. (Tablescape can be viewed in full here: Romantic Table for Two
Will white china work for a winter or holiday table setting? You betcha! Pair it with dollar store snowflake glassware, colorful napkins and some fun salad plates/mugs and you’re all set. (Tablescape can be viewed in full here: Winter or Christmas Themed Table Setting)
So, don’t wait as many years as I did to buy your first set of white or cream dishware. Armed with a set of white dishes and your imagination, you’ll be able to set an endless array of tablescapes for family and friends without breaking the bank.
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