Thursday, September 9, 2010

Playing With Pattern Tablescape












I'd like to share a tip with you for keeping your plates and bowls from being scratched as you are storing them.  It's simple, easy and cheap. 



Old fashioned paper plates.  Just insert a paper plate between your dinner plate, salad plate, salad bowl or charger to ensure there is no contact between the bottom ridge of your plate and the top of the next plate.  I've used bubble wrap and fun foam in the past, and while they are adequate, it takes quite a bit of time to cut them to fit.  You can purchase the paper plates in two sizes, so they are perfect for larger and smaller plates.  You can use the foam plates, but they are not as flexible as the paper and will not flatten out, taking up more space and causing your dish stacks to be a bit woobly.

Chargers - Hobby Lobby
Dinner Plates - Royal Stafford - Red and White Checker
Salad Plates - Royal Stafford in two patterns - Harvest Village and Hayride
Flatware - Reed and Barton Queen's Garden

I'm joining the Tablescape Thursday meme at Between Naps on the Porch.  Please be sure and drop by for a visit.


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27 comments:

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Paper coffee filters are also a great solutions.

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this tablescape. It's magnificent!!

Shelia said...

I love your pretty table! Love your combo of different patterns and your accessories are just perfect.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea, Anita! It makes perfect sense, too! I love your table pictured here. I also love your owl plate in the blog header. I think you said you got that at Home Goods? I saw a nice tablescape set up at Pier 1 this past weekend, but I only noticed it on my way out. I'll have to go back and see what they had laid out.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the black, red and white scheme. Gorgeous. Your accessories and dishes are all so lovely and your tiny little butter pat cloches are just fabulous. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

Mimi said...

Your table is one of the loveliest I have seen. Those dinner plates look fabulous with the black transferware. Love the centerpiece...is the candlestick a Fitz/Floyd? It looks like the one I used in my red and white table the end of July. Thanks for sharing!

Theresa said...

Oh how pretty! I love the red on the table and the red pillows on the bench behind the table! Great job!

Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Southerncook said...

Beautiful and creative tablesetting. I particularly liked the salad plate.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Kim's Treasures said...

Soooo beautiful!

craftyles said...

Love the black and red. Beautiful table. Thanks for the paper plate tip!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Beautiful tablescape, Anita! I love your color scheme and the play of patterns! It has a fall feeling but with a fresh color scheme!
Thanks so much for stopping by...and for following...I'm your newest follower! Looking forward to connecting!
Have a beautiful day~
;-D Kathleen
p.s. did you remember to sign up for the newsletter?

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This really works! I love the red and black...all the patterns are so fun together. I really like the added polka dots. Very, very nicely done.

Sue said...

I absolutely love all the patterns you have used on this table, Anita! From the polka dots to the toile, it all flows so well. I love black, white, and red together! Nice tip on using paper plates between plates to store them, BTW. And many thanks for your visit today.
~ Sue

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I love your table decor! I am such a red white and blue girl myself. I have those same dinner plates. Have always been in love with them since my grandmother set the table with the same pattern.

Love love the photo with the red and white checks and the two forks. Looks like it belongs on a magazine cover.

Debbie said...

This is in my favorites list for this week! I love the way you used the red and black with ALL of those different patterns all working together to make one beautiful table. I scrolled back and forth several times because I liked it so much.

food for thought said...

great looking combo!

A Toile Tale said...

This is very, very cute. I love that it could be used any time of the year. Black, white and red are such great classic colors.
Linda

Kathleen said...

That looks so pretty! I love all the diff patterns and the black and red. I do that too with the paper plates! It helps!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

I love this color scheme and all the patterns! The photo that included the dotted and striped pillows is stunning! The patterned china is really accented by the red elements. Gorgeous!

Barbara said...

First of all, thank you so much for that tip of the paper plates! I was just about ready to order some liners and this is a much less expensive alternative. Any tablesetting with checks and polka dots is delightful to me. Making it black, white and red just makes it even better. I really like your cherry centerpiece too.

Pris said...

Thanks for the Friday Follow... I love what I see at your sight so far!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I love your suggestion of paper plates between the dishes. I use paper towels but they look messy. And your table is wonderful. I love the checked with the toile! Very nice combination of patterns! Linda

Entertaining Women said...

I use the paper plates as separators on my dishes, too. I'm glad that you shared the tip. You've achieved a skillful blend of color and texture in your tablescape. Great job! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

What a lovely variety of colors and textures!

The perfect look.

Love your tip on the paper plates.. i will definatley remember that.

Stop by and see our Pre-halloween ideas :)

Claudia

Sarah said...

Anita, I'm glad I scrolled down because I had missed this tablescape earlier. It's lovely. I like the different patterns and textures of this table. I'm also happy to know there is yet another pattern: Hayride. I guess I have plates in the Harvest Village pattern. I didn't know the name. I'll need to look for Hayride. Thanks for the inspiration and the information.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Anita...

Just thought I would do a little looking around while I was here for Sunday Favorites! I just had to leave you a little note about this pretty tablescape! It really is gorgeous! I love red, black, and white together...a stunning color combination! And...I love your mix of patterns...the pretty polka dots with those fabulous red and white checked plates!!! Love the cherries too! Mmmm!!! You have such a beautiful home, my friend!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Lori Lucas said...

These are all patterns I love too. Love your combinations. They look terrific. Lori L