on the fly table tops for Dwell magazine


Dwell Magazine asked me to do a post on entertaining (please click here to see the feature on the Dwell blog)…so i set out to do just that, but a la Mr. Kate of course! i challenged myself to set two tabletops, tablescapes if you will, using only things that i could find around my home…i didn’t even buy any flowers! here are my two quick and easy, on-the-fly table settings…

watch the video above for more info!

for table setting #1, i used an Indian sari as the tablecloth to bring some color and whimsy.

to add some height, and act as a centerpiece, i used my Goodwill-bought globe, a houseplant, some candles in glass bottles and a wooden elephant. i thought it looked kind of world traveler and the globe could be a fun conversation starter during dinner!

for place-settings, i used round silver trays (thrift store purchases) as chargers under basic plates and accented with vintage cloth napkins and spiked bracelets from Forever 21 as napkin rings!

instead of putting the silverware on the table near the plates, i stuck the forks, knives and spoons in a glass container filled with dried beans! i loved this fun and functional touch.

with tabletop #2, i went for a more clean, modern-vintage vibe. i used two vintage white scarves as the tablecloths. for height i used a tea-light candelabra that i had retro-fitted from an old lamp that i bought at a yard sale.

the place-settings were created using two rustic place-mats under basic white plates and the napkins were mis-matched vintage scarves – *note: place paper napkins under the folded vintage scarves if you want the vintage scarves to only function as decoration.

instead of fresh flowers, i used a pitcher filled with a carrot, a leek and a ginger root for some color and freshness. i also picked a palm leaf from outside and put it in a simple glass bottle. the wine is served in glasses and a decanter from the Goodwill.

for some recipe ideas to serve your guests – click here!


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