Design Tip Tuesday: Table Settings

Design Tip Tuesday: Table Settings


I don’t know about you but table setting is one of my favorite things to do. I typically change my table settings each month at my house (I know you are shocked I would change something). It’s a fun way to add seasonal touches to your home without a ton of effort plus it’s fun to be creative with your tablescapes and utilize things that most people wouldn’t. Since we are right before Easter, we thought we’d give you a little table setting inspiration. Whether you are having an intimate gathering, a large family affair or just doing it for yourself, there are a number of ways you can set your table. When dressing up your table a couple of basic principles apply: 

1. Table Selection:  First things first, determine the foundation for your table setting: round, rectangular, wood or plastic. Each of these tables can be decorated beautifully. Pick what works for you and run with it. 

2. Textiles: After you've determined your table, then decide what textiles you are going to use. Will you be using a tablecloth, runner, placemats or a combination? I like to layer for added dimension and visual interest. Seasonal table runners are really fun to use. We love the script on this particular Easter runner.

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3. Plates:  Layering isn't limited to textiles, you can also layer your plates by using a charger, your dinner plate, and if the menu is formal, a salad plate or bowl as well.  For clarification,  a charger plate is a base plate that goes underneath your dinner plate. It's simply for decoration. I don’t always use standard chargers in my table settings. In this case, I actually used an old book. I love the way the pages look underneath the plate. Tip: If you don't have enough plates, mix two different coordinating sets to increase your quantity.  

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4. Napkins: As you can see above, we used a coordinating napkin that matched our table runner. This particular “napkin” is actually a dishtowel. I interchange napkins and dish towels in my tablescapes because sometimes I find dish towels I like better. In lieu of using a napkin ring, we found super cute bunny ear headbands that we tucked underneath the napkin. These make great party favors for your guests and they are fun for kids too. Below is an additional table setting example with the layered effect. In this example, we layered a dinner plate with a beautiful scalloped edge bowl. Then topped it off with a bird nest and a jasmine tea sachet from PinkCherryMama as a party favor.

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5. How to set Silverware: Sometimes silverware is tricky...But here are the basic rules. Forks are on the left and knives on the right with the blade facing the plate.  If you are having salad and plan on using a fork specifically for the course, the salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork. Tip: When you sit down to dinner and there is more silverware than you know what to do with, remember to work from the outside in when it comes to silverware. 

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6. Use Natural Elements that Fit With the Season:Whether it's a centerpiece or place setting decor, incorporating natural elements not only keeps the cost down but it also increases the festive feel of the table.   Daffodil plants are making their way to the stores. Instead of getting fresh cut flowers, pickup a couple of plants, use them on your table as a centerpiece. Then plant them in your garden for blooms to enjoy year after year.

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The Takeaway: Making an impact doesn't have to be expensive.You can do a lot with natural elements and also by re-inventing items you have in your existing collection. The most important part of the day is simply being together and making memories for years to come.

 Need help putting a table design together, let the experts at Eddy Street Vintage Market help you! Contact us for more details.  

Holiday Home Tour

We get a lot of questions about what our house looks like so I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a little behind the scenes tour of Eddy Street at Home, with some of our top picks for holiday decor of course. Here are our top 5: 

1: Flocked mini trees: 

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These little guys have so much potential, whether it's adding the perfect touch of holiday green, embellishing table decor, or framing a mantle, these trees fit decor of all sizes. 

2. "Snowy Trees" Artwork from Silver Thistle Photography

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Silver Thistle Photography's featured photo of the month, "Snowy Trees," was the perfect compliment to our holiday picture mantle. Plus, I love that she did this canvas in a trio! Even better, she took this picture in our own backyard. This image was captured near Frog Lake off of Hwy 50. She will have a variety of sizes of this image at our next sale including a greeting card.

3. Crepe Paper Flower Centerpiece from PinkCherryMama

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It's so nice to have a flower arrangement that lasts the WHOLE SEASON for pretty much the same price as a live flower arrangement would cost. Plus you have it every year. Did you know that PinkCherryMama takes apart live flowers in order to replicate them in paper? Definitely worth investing in one or two of these for your home this season. The hardest part is picking from her array of styles. 

4. Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Pillows:

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Loving this Meet Me Under the Mistletoe pillow. I thought it was the perfect touch for our master bedroom. This month at the shop we will have the pillows as well as a wooden sign with the same saying. You could even pickup some of PinkCherryMama's paper mistletoe. Pucker up! XO

5. Holiday Tins:

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The holiday tins come in three sizes, Holiday Greens is the largest. These are perfect for throwing extra pillows or blankets in, you could use it as a tree stand if you weigh it down, or it's cute enough to stand alone. Sorry, cute dog not included.

These are just a few of my favorite items to decorate for the holidays with. Hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes tour. Come visit us at Eddy Street Vintage Market December 2nd and December 15th-17th to find these items and much much more to get your home holiday ready. If you have something specific to ask Santa for, fill out one of our Eddy Street Wish Lists and send it to your Santa. 

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Hope to see you at the shop this holiday season! It's truly the merriest time of the year on Eddy Street! 

XO,

Meredith