Fun and Fabulous Place Settings: Create An “Experience”….Not Just A Meal!


It’s always fun to come up with a really creative table to help set the stage for a nice dinner party.  Ambiance is everything (well, and good food doesn’t hurt either!) – and aside from lighting and the overall look and feel of the space itself – the place setting is a huge factor in setting the tone for the evening.  Here are some fun ways to bring interest and personality to yours. 


  Notice the layering effect here on this place setting?  And, the fun silverware?  Creates interest right away and welcomes the guest to come, join, sit….Just a way of making them feel a little special……and a way to make dining more of an “experience” than just a meal.


This place setting combines color, pattern and texture.  I love this stripe with the pattern and again with the solid.  And, why not add a covered bowl to the top of the place setting for a bit of intrigue and surprise…..


It’s a little unexpected and fun.


Look closely here and you’ll see several elements that make this table fun.  The layering of colors and textures…..


The whimsical mixing of patterns.  Notice the stemmed water glass, the striped mug and the patterned bowls here.  Nothing boring and stuffy about this!  And, hang a gander at the incredible charger… it.  Talk about texture and interest!


Switching gears to the traditional – here you see they’ve also layered different plates and patterns, added a colorful placemat, a vibrant napkin with a fresh and festive napkin ring.   Simple, but refreshing and inviting.


The same holds true in the green….


And again in this yellow.  Great for an Easter spread..right?


You can see this tan and red look wonderful together on this tan cloth with this fun patterned napkin…..


And takes on a whole new personality when using a white placemat and napkin.  See all the different personalities with these three place settings sitting side by side?

Lots of fun!  Create your own unique personality for your table.  Just remember…..bring in layers of color, patterns and textures and you’ll have yourself a warm inviting display for your next dinner party.

Happy Decorating!

English China: A Personality Of It’s Own


With all the wonderful choices in dinnerware available to us these days there is no limit to the look and style we can choose for entertaining.  And, while a more clean, uncluttered contemporary vibe is going strong there’s still just nothing quite so classic, dainty and girly as good old fashioned bone china. Wonderful, colorful patterns in purples, pinks, reds, yellows – all mix and match pieces that work well within their own set or mixed with each other.  Even women who tend to drift away from girly flowers and prefer a more contemporary look in their dishware can appreciate the beauty, quality and integrity of bone china.

Pansy Chintz Bone China from England

I don’t know how many people are familiar with the history of bone china, but it actually starts with a man named Josiah Spode. (You may have heard of Spode china?) Spode was born in 1733 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, which is world-renowned for its ceramics and porcelain. When he was just 16 or 17 he apprenticed with Thomas Whieldon, one of the area’s finest potters.   From there he worked for other potters and also co-owned factories with other potters until 1767 when he formed the Spode factory on his own. It is the oldest porcelain factory to remain in business at the same site.

Romantic rose Tea Set and Dishes

Do you know why it’s called china?  Porcelain is an ancient ceramic material perfected by the Chinese.  It’s commonly called china simply because this is where the material originated.  There are three types of porcelain – hard paste, soft paste and bone china. Interestingly bone china is the toughest of porcelains and actually does contain bones.  In 1800, Josiah Spode II artfully created bone china by adding bone ash to the formula for porcelain which resulted in the hardest, most durable porcelain available.  Bone ash comes from pulverized and burned bones of animals.  Hence the name bone china.  Cool, huh?  Don’t you find that interesting?   I know I do.  Bone china remains the standard for porcelain manufactured in England. 

pink roses

I’ve been collecting pieces for years.

summertime rose

What’s fun about it, aside from it’s natural beauty, is the ability to mix and match almost any of the pieces together to create a multitude of beautiful combinations.

sanra rose dessert plates

Victorian Rose Tea Set and Dishes


wild rose

So dainty and feminine.

vintage rose teas set

This set has more of a French personality than English.  Love these colors.

Violets Bone China

Bone china remains a popular choice all over the world.  It’s great for wedding showers, baby showers, book clubs,  tea with friends……anything that has to do with girls!

A wonderful thing to collect, it’ll always be "en vogue” and it will always maintain it’s value.

Happy Decorating!


Place Settings With Personality


Would you love to get creative and fun with your place settings at your next dinner party – but you’re just not quite sure how?  Do you have trouble coming up with the perfect theme?  Take a look at some of these fun table settings and consider one of them for your next event.  Your guests will be not only be impressed, they’ll look forward to dining sitting down to such a cozy, beautiful spread to enjoy your wonderful meal.


Layers of silver create an elegant look, but the hammered metal finish brings it down a notch from prissy to just plain cool.


This blue and white on a mirrored placemat is fun and inviting.  Love the blue glassware.  And it looks great with the brown dishware.


How about plum with cream?  Isn’t this lovely with the textured placemat, silk napkin with it’s plum napkin ring and of course the plum wine glasses.


For a hip, casual feel how about these leather look placemats and coasters with these brown and cream dishes.  I like the square on square look.


This is a crisp, clean look with the turquoise and white on this contemporary glass table.


The textured woven placemat with the square dishware in layered colors, topped off with a brown napkin and “birdie” napkin ring is casual, but chic.  It would work great with the Casual Chic furniture from yesterday’s post.


The black and silver lends a sophisticated vibe to this table as does the dome dish cover.  You can’t help but feel you will lift that cover to find the finest of the finest meal underneath. (A little pressure on the cook, but a very glamorous setting!)

Below is a fresh look with the white, distressed dishware layered with the teal leaf plate.  You can throw in a splash of added color in your wine or water glass like this gold or red.  Or you could switch out the teal for another pop of color.  A good set of white or cream plates is always a good idea for this very reason.


A closer look.


Notice how the napkins are numbered.  Fun.





Images from Z Gallery and Codarus

Did you get any new ideas for your own table setting?  Or you can just take bits and pieces from each of them and come up with your own look. 

Also, remember you can incorporate items into the table setting that aren’t necessarily made for that.  Check around your house for items that can be “tweaked” and incorporated for a fresh fun look.  Picture frames for name cards, flower stems for napkin rings, washrags (in good shape) for napkins at an outdoor barbecue, craft paper squares for place mats, etc.  Have fun with it and remember – don’t be ordinary….BE EXTRAORDINARY!!

Happy Decorating!!!


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