Monday, July 6, 2009

Make Your Own: Tea Time Tablescape

I love the idea of bringing your dining table outdoors to serve mid-afternoon drinks with friends... If you have the outdoor space this summer, why not try this? Bring your dining table and chairs outside, set your table with beautiful linens and actually use your grandmother's china! Even if you are serving cheese and crackers instead of caviar, make it special! Your guests will love it.

Make your own tablescape by mixing fancy traditional pieces (like silver serving sets) with eclectic accents (like a vintage table runner and mismatched tea cups). Here are some of my favorites...

Start by draping your table with a beautiful tablecloth. I like this one from Linen Me on Etsy... It makes a terrific backdrop.

Then, layer your white linen tablecloth with an interesting runner down the center of your table. Try an eclectic piece like this. It's actually a vintage scarf. How chic is that?

And, how about this art deco vintage tea set?

Martha Stewart's white porcelain cake stands (available at Macy's) will bring some height to your table. I love the low, square shapes... they're even better when stacked with treats.

I'm a big fan of Pottery Barn's Linen Hemstitch Napkins. Use a bright color, like tangerine!

Try these fantastic silver napkin rings from Michael Aram... I love their shape, and that finial is sort of unexpected...

Bring refreshments to the table with this beautiful woven tray...

Serve bellinis from these sweet vintage glasses!

There are quite a few items available in the shop that would make beautiful accents to your tabletop... Here are a few of my favorites!

Vintage hobnail cake platter

Glass bowl with silver serving set

Mini ice bucket

Glass serving dish with silver plated filigree holder

Set of 4 vintage dessert plates

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