Chic and Affordable Tablescapes

How to Create Stylish Tablescapes on a Budget

A large part of having a successful dinner party or entertaining is accomplished not only with satisfying your guests’ culinary palates, but creating a visual experience that is pleasing too.

According to designer Emily Henderson, the laundry list can get quite extensive and expensive: linens including tablecloths, runners, napkins; crystal or glass stemware and carafes, pitchers, etc; utensils and silverware; serving pieces; your plates, salad plates, dessert plates, bowls, etc; dinner plate chargers; candlesticks and of course, a centerpiece that is interesting and unusual without interfering with the actual exchange of conversation around your table.

Here are a few tips for creating a chic and affordable look:

  • Design your “Tablescape” with a theme in mind. Pick colors that tie in to the season or event, and build from there.
  • Re-purpose materials you have in your kitchen and house; wrap cinnamon sticks around candles to add a holiday scent.
  • Shop at ARC, Goodwill and other second-hand stores for bargains. Used sterling trays, service pieces, candlesticks, plates, etc. can be found.
  • Look for mixing up silverware and plates. Not all of it has to be matchy-matchy; if you stick to similar shapes and sizes, it can add a touch of fun. An example of this would be using a blue and white theme with various Blue Willow and Spode china pieces. Or mix and match dinner plates with another pattern salad plate.
  • Centerpieces should be low enough to see over across the table and not block conversation. Think small houseplants in a grouping; using “found” objects in nature like wrapping aspen branches with ribbons and placing luminara in between. Check out this page on Pinterest for inspiring photos.

You’re only limited by your imagination! Happy Table-scaping!