The inspiration for this tablescape began 9 years ago…no joke!! If you ever visited us in Chapel Hill, Philadelphia or have been down in our basement here in Maryland, you have certainly seen this hand painted door.
Peter and I discovered in an antique warehouse out in the middle of nowhere North Carolina. When I saw it, I knew right away I needed it. Of course Peter’s first question was “what the heck do you planning on doing with that?!?!” I explained that I wanted it to be a tabletop for when we had a back yard and use it as often as possible. He reminded me we didn’t have a back yard and would not in Philadelphia either…what was my plan before a back yard?? As decor in the apartment, obviously!! It fit it both places perfectly, catty corner in each apartment, and always a topic of conversation.
Once we finally had a back yard, it so wonderfully made its way to being used as a tabletop. I could not have been more excited to see a long time vision into reality.
I understand that not everyone has a antique store find to use as the table top, but my point in showing you was A. stick with your visions, they can come to life and B. use these pictures as inspiration. A brown table would look amazing with white chargers (I have had these for over 9 years and use them everyday on our dining room table), white or blue plates and those simple, yet gorgeous striped napkins. All of these items will be used for years to come!!
I actually used the above combination (wood dining room table + white chargers + turquoise-ish plates + blue and white striped napkins + blue water glasses) for a very last minute dinner party we had the house a couple of weekends ago. It took me 30 seconds to put it together but it looked so polished!!
And, throw in simple things you have around the house, like the American flag, that you and your Mom love. Maybe use string and your favorite herb (basil, thyme etc) tied around the napkins. Or what about your Mom’s favorite candy on the plates. Honestly, anything to put a smile on your face works. I think tablescapes should be fun, pretty but most importantly EASY.