I love doing interesting table settings as it is always appreciated by friends & family to settle down to a lovely table. I have a growing collection of table setting / scape books that I browse for ideas before special events I set for so I have time to find additional items I might need.
I combine what we have with items I find from vintage or charity / thrift shops & if I see something interesting, I usually have a clear idea how it will go with what we already have.
Our table is usually just set for an informal meal & I seldom use multiple glasses or cutlery settings ...
I always start with a place mat or a larger charger plate to protect the table & cloth from hot plates.
I am a bit of a hoarder & love interesting table cloths & crockery - we really are spoilt for choice.
I love to mix things up because few of us have large sets of plates that were popular gifts a generation before us.
I have lovely thin white plates which are often used with various other sets as I am particularly fond of layering up various sets ....
We have a large table in our conservatory that can take a 12 place setting but our normal dining-room table is a 6-8 place setting so I set to make it comfortable without unneeded items.
For New Year, I always like to add colour to the setting so this was my first setting ....
This cloth would be perfect for a buffet style meal but it was too busy for now.
My second New Year setting started with a long textured white fabric - doubled over as it was meant for the large conservatory table but I loved the softness it gave to the table. Our solid wooden chairs look too harsh so they had on their white covers & special settings always proper napkins / serviettes.
Bubbly with a splash of colour on the sideboard; I love the fun of the little decorations
I hope this inspires you to enjoy doing some interesting place settings because I just love sitting down to a special meal at a table that looks special too.
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