Yesterday I joined a group of bloggers for Project Design: Fall Tablescapes you can try before Thanksgiving. I love how everyone had something completely different from each other, but one common theme was that we all used things we’ve had forever. We may have included a few new things like table linens, but all used old or vintage pieces. I think creating a table using what we already own is both meaningful and creative. Not to mention thrifty!
A few years ago I started collecting old silver trays. You can find them at thrift stores or Goodwill for just a few dollars. Each is a little different, but they make the perfect chargers. I’ve even found a few that are smaller and perfect for child size plates. The birch wood pieces are from a DIY project. They are perfect for placecards. A slice of a branch cut halfway through the thickness holds a card or photo. You can see some of my other birch branch projects here, here and here.
A blanket at each seat is always a good idea. Even in the summer months, it gets chilly at night.
For place cards I use inexpensive watercolors, watercolor paper and a trimmer to cut perfect sized cards to use with the birch branch card holders. I love garden flowers or a combination of fresh herbs if that’s what I have. The napkins are from Serena & Lily and I found the small copper candle holders at Terrain for $4 each. They now come in four finishes, perfect for any table! Everything else on the table is vintage or everyday dishes and flatware. Easy and inexpensive. What’s your favorite approach to setting a pretty table that doesn’t break the bank?