CENTERPIECE WEDNESDAY -10 STEPS TO DRESSING YOUR TABLE

By Karin Brosnan - Tuesday, October 12, 2010


10 Steps to dressing your table. (repost)
Step 1. Here I have a plain white table with no chairs around it in my kitchen nook. Plain and simple let's dress it up a bit with some chairs.Step 2. Add Chairs. These are the chairs that I normally have around my table. Not my favorite because they are kind of small. See how the backs of the chairs barely peek over the top of the table. Step 3. Change out chairs and add a simple centerpiece! I brought in my black dining room chairs to show you the difference. I really like the size of the chairs and the color contrast....Plus they have a coordinating fabric on the seats.These chairs seem to ground the room better don't you think?
I will have to get some new dining room chairs! he heStep 4. Add some more interest to the centerpiece. I added a little bird house and some appetizer plates. Step 5. Elevate! I brought out my Christmas footed cake plate to add some height to the table and stacked some dinner plates and some green salad plates plus the cute appetizer plates (you will see that in a second) all under a glass dome. I also added some black candle holders.
Step 6. Floral! Add some colorful silk flowers to the edges just to give it a spring look!
See those cute appetizer plates! So precious under the glass dome!
They have prominence now. Step 7. Texture!...I added a piece of burlap for texture and color...plus I added the white dinner plates and silverware.
Step 8. Layer! Add lime green salad plate and appetizer plate.

Step 9. Napkins and Napkin Rings! Add white napkins and my cute white napkin rings! You can still get them for $1.00 each and if you buy a set of 12 I will give another set of four for free any color (Pink, white, blue or red)

Step 10. Serveware! Add platters, water pitchers and glasses (which I forgot to add to this picture) and you are Ready to sit down to your beautiful table and eat!

How often do you set your table?
Please link up to Centerpiece Wed below and share your creative ideas with us.


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  1. I love how you take nothing and make it something fabulous!! Wow...and the step by step is great :) Today, I finally organized all my craft stuff and got it put away. Now, I have a plain white oval table to decorate. I wish I had the plethora of dishes you do! I scored a cute set of clear dishes and a set of silver silverware. A complete service for 4 (real) this past weekend. I am excited to put it all together! I could not belive I got the silver for 5 bucks!!!! Yes, when they told me how much...cough cough...I said OK...and quickly paid my 5 bucks before they realized that REAL SILVER is worth a lot more than that. Thanks for your fab blog! Love it! Heidi

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  2. Love the step-by-step to show how beautiful you can make a table! I'll have to admit, I'm lucky to throw out some plates and paper napkins! I need to turn over a new leaf!

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  3. Beautiful transformation!! Love the black chairs too!!

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  4. I bet you think I'll never show you I can dress a table. Well I'm still learning from you and one of these days I will show you what I can do with your napkin rings (which by the way I'm still in love with, thank you very much) and some pretty dishes. I will, I promise.
    Take care and have a great and blessed day.

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  5. I don't set my table enough...but you have inspired me to do better!

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  7. Thank you for this post! I set my table often because I enjoy doing it. I hope you share more about how to set a table. I love fresh ideas!

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  8. Hi darling girl,

    It really does a mothers heart good to realize that the girl that complained vehemently about setting the table correctly when she was very young has far surpassed anything I could have ever taught her. You have become my most talented and loved teacher.
    Hugs and kisses, MOM
    p.s. Can hardly wait till Saturday!!!!!

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  9. Oh such a pretty tutorial..love the green birdhouse,the plates in the cloche and the tablesettings on the burlap! Just wonderful!

    Miss Bloomers

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  10. That came together so wonderfully! Love the colour combo!

    DD

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  11. I love it!!! It turned out fabulous. Love the colors. And I do like the black chairs better. Love the contrast with the white table.

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  12. What a fun "how-to"! I love those appetizer plates -- must look for some for myself! They look great layered on top of your other dishes. Great colors together!

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  13. What a great step-by-step tablesetting today. I used your napkinrings in my tablescape this week -- love them!

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  14. I wish I could show every single one of my friends this post! (And I may!) They all think it's too hard to tablescape, and you sure showed how simple it can be. I know what you mean about the chairs, I don't like how mine photograph either, so I never use them. I'm glad I'm not alone!
    Cheers, Andrea

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  15. Hi, that's a nice tutorial and how everybody can see, it ends with a pretty table.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  16. Beautiful! You are so creative!

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  17. How pretty & fun! I've been so stumped as to how to dress up my own table, so I appreciate these tips :)

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  18. Love this tutorial on how to dress your table...I am going to see what I can do. I have never done this much so needed someone who can inspire me and all your tables look so elegant.

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  19. I found you via Laurie's and thought I would join you! THanks for the fun party!

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  20. Thank you for all of these fabulous tips, and thank you for hosting. Your table looks so pretty. Love the surprise addition of the burlap. laurie

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  21. This is so beautiful! Thanks for giving the steps! So often, I just wing it! I should take more time, because yours are always so lovely!

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  22. Hi!

    My first time linking up!

    What a fun tutorial for creating a lovely table. I love the burlap added.

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  23. Oh.. Im so pleased to have found you!! I love the way you say 'words from friends & family'.. that is so super sweet.. I've linked into your party this week.. and will surely come back again..

    thanks for hosting such an awesome event!

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  24. Thanks for dropping by and inviting me to your party! I would love for you to join my halloween/harvest party as well, you can find it in the sidebar of my blog. And come see the wonderful feature I have for tomorrow. :)

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  25. Hello my friend,

    I just read your sweet, sweet note that you left on my Autumn Enchantment table...thanks so much for coming by and taking a peek! I sure did appreciate the personal invite to join in with your Centerpiece Wed. party. Shoot...I wasn't thinking when I did my post. I should have joined earlier! I apologize for not having your link in my post. I do promise to get this right...someday!

    Well my friend, I love, love, LOVE this post! I love how you broke "setting a table" down into steps! It's a great way to show how to actually build a tablescape! And...this is such a gorgeous table, I love it!!! Love how you showcased those beautiful orange flower salad plates under the cloche! Love your color combinations too! This truly is a beautiful and very well thought out table, my friend! Thank you for sharing it with us...as well as hosting this sweet Wed. party!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...I'm a little under the weather right now but will try and get around to a few of the other party participants later! Thanks again!!!

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  26. I love the cloche with the plates. Very pretty table!

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