I love setting a pretty table. Cooking…not so much. Recently when my son, Tyler, spent the night with a friend, his mother told me that Tyler was going on and on about the dinner she made. She replied to Tyler, “Well your mom is a good cook too!”. Tyler said, “Really?”
Well, let’s just say I can decorate the heck out of the beautiful table that the distinctly average food sits upon. But we all have our different gifts, right?
This 4-part blog series exists to encourage us to use what we already have in decorating our homes. Being married to the penny pinching man that John is, I am faced with the continual challenge of decorating on a dime.
For this table setting I used these burlap placemats I purchased from the Etsy shop HeyYallandCo last year. I definitely spent more than I wanted to on them but we use them everyday. I make sure that any decor I use is also functional. I also took the time to spray them with 3M Scotchgard to avoid stains from my messy crew.
I picked up the white dishes on clearance at Home Goods a few years back and my mother-in-law gave me the faux gold chargers. For the centerpiece I used the Pottery Barn soup terrine that had been sitting under my cabinet collecting dust and filled it with pinecones we picked up on a trip to Lake Tahoe over 10 years ago. The gold tray was passed on to me by a sweet friend. To incorporate some nature I used the antlers another friend gave me that were just piled up in his garage. Then I added some berry branch clippings I cut from our yard. Lastly I pulled out the wood cookies John cut for me last year from a fallen tree from our property.
Atop each plate I set a page from one of my great aunt’s childhood hymnals along with the berry branches and a glittery cardboard leaf from the dollar section at Target.
Easily one of my most thrifty table settings, yet unique and full of character.