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.


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. 


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.


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.  

Be the Hostess with the Mostess this 4th of July

4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! Each year I do a little something different. Here are my top 5 tips for how to throw an unforgettable 4th of July party this weekend! 

1. You don't have to get fancy but your BBQ Party can still be "put together": It's a bbq and the last thing you want to do is make your guests feel like they should be wearing a tuxedo. Simultaneously, you don't have to go all paper and plastic either. Have some mason jars lying around? Place utensils in a napkin, tie with jute or raffia and place in the mason jar and you not only have style you also have function. If you want to take it one step further, use gift tags to personalize each jar.  

2. Use festive scrapbook paper as placemats, the best part is you can dispose of it afterwards. 

3. Short on tables and chairs? No problem! Place blankets or quilts on the lawn, borrow toss pillows from indoors and create a picnic park! 

4. Have something fun to do during the party: Bring back some early Americana games. How about sack races, frisbee, bubble wands, or even croquet? Games will keep the energy level of the party fun and guests will be talking about it until next year's party. 

5. Don't forget the dessert! Firecracker popcorn is festive and sure to please. Not to mention it's easy on the hostess to make. Here's our secret recipe (only share it with your best friends!)

Firecracker Popcorn: 

What you will need: 


3 bags Pop Secret Homestyle microwave popcorn

1 cup white candy melts

1 cup red candy melts

1 cup blue candy melts

3 packages Strawberry Pop Rocks (Michaels Craft store has these)

Blue Sprinkles


• Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Spread onto a cookie sheet and allow to cool. Remove all un-popped kernels.

• Meanwhile, melt the candy melts, one color at a time and drizzle onto the popcorn.

• Sprinkle Strawberry Pop Rocks on the popcorn.

• Add sprinkles and allow to harden completely.

• Serve in festive popcorn boxes and enjoy!

From our family to yours we hope you have a fun and safe holiday weekend! If you try any of our tips, be sure to share the results with us! Happy Independence Day Friends!