More than once I have been saddened to hear someone say something like, “I’d love to entertain, but I can’t afford the _________.” (Go ahead and fill in the blank with “dishes,” “pretty things,” “table linens” etc.) Have YOU ever said anything like that? If so, (or if you just need a reminder that beautiful doesn’t necessarily mean expensive), read on!
Today I’ve decided to show you a budget-minded breakfast table — and give you some tips on how to put together your own eye-catching tablescapes without breaking the bank. Are you ready?
For starters, I’ll just go ahead and confess that when it comes to my tablescaping “habit,” I’m a BIG fan of auctions, thrift stores (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.), Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Big Lots, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Ross, and Marshalls. Now I’ll tell you that I also love Pier One, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Horchow, etc., but, quite frankly, I’m not usually willing to pay their prices. They have to have a REALLY good sale. My thrifty tendencies will become more evident as we set our breakfast table. Let’s start doing the math…
We begin with cheerful red and white floral placemats from Dollar General. These are a nice heavy quilted cotton with a classy scalloped edge AND they are reversible (solid red on the reverse). That makes them very versatile … think Christmas, Valentines Day, and Fall leaves in addition to today’s Spring/Summer dress. Oh, I almost forgot to mention — they were $1 each!
6 dinner plates
6 salad/dessert plates
6 soup/cereal bowls
6 berry/dessert bowls
6 cups and saucers
1 small platter
1 serving bowl
1 salt/pepper shaker set
6 napkin rings
Why don’t we challenge ourselves to set the table using all of the various pieces — so we can see what they look like when used together?
The pretty etched glass pitcher was an auction find for $5. It’s the perfect size for our orange juice.
Of course, we could always have spent more money … If you want to invest just a little more to build your collection, consider another couple of options:
Well … (big sigh) … Have I encouraged you? Are you convinced that you can set a great table without spending a fortune? I hope so!
From my personal collection:
* Reversible placemats – Dollar General this year
* Gibson “Claremont” dishes – Big Lots last Fall
* Clear ribbed glassware – Dollar General several years ago
* Oneida “Mozart” stainless flatware – 30 years ago
* Red pitcher – Dollar General this year
* Clear etched glass pitcher – auction a couple of months ago
* Red napkins – Wal-Mart clearance several years ago
* White linen napkins – auction years ago
* Red beaded napkin rings – one of the dollar stores years ago
* White napkin rings – part of the Gibson set of dishes
* Rooster figurine – family member recently
* Flowers – outside my kitchen window
I’m linking this post to the 101st Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Go there for more great tablescaping ideas. (And if you look closely, I’ll bet you see my same white dishes in someone else’s tablescape. They became so popular among BNOTP readers that they’ve even been re-named “Gollum China” in honor of the blogger who first mentioned that they were available for $35! Isn’t Blogland fun?)