If there’s one area of my house I can’t stand to have a mess, it’s the kitchen table. I LOATE when the chairs are out of place, clothes are laying everywhere and there’s paper of any kind laying on it. DRIVES ME BONKERS.
I absolutely love to have my dining table set with my dishes and drinkware at all times so it’s always ready for unexpected company. We don’t use our fancy dishes for every meal (we do love our paper plates) but it’s much nicer to take off dishes than taking off a bunch of collected junk.
When it comes to decorating a table, I try to use everyday classic pieces that don’t go out of style and then glam it up by changing simple things like chargers and napkins. Classic white dishes don’t have to be boring! These are my original white Mikasa French Countryside wedding dishes that I got over 17 years ago and we use them quite often. The water goblets and salt and pepper shakers are also part of my wedding collection so it’s nice that they get used too.
My centerpiece usually gets changed out often to give it a new look but most of the other pieces stay the same. The dishes and chargers are classic neutrals so they pretty much match anything I get. I do love to change out the napkins and napkin rings to fun and different designs throughout the seasons. I grab new ones at TJMaxx, Homegoods, and Hobby Lobby quite often.
The water goblets are the newest addition to the table since my kids are now old enough to be trusted with them. It feels so fancy to drink out of them.
Tips for setting a great tablescape
Use what you have. Don’t feel like you need to go out and spend money on all new items for a beautiful table. Get creative and add pieces that match what you already have.
If you’re buying new, you can’t go wrong with neutrals. Colorful Fiesta dishes were all the rage when I got engaged but my mom talked me into these classic white and I’m so glad I listened. While I do have a bunch of colorful Fiesta, my heart goes for the white every single time.
Don’t go all matchy-matchy. Coordinate colors and mix patterns to give a fun POP to solid pieces.
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