My head is always so full of table setting ideas that I hardly know which one to choose. Sometimes I feel like a little girl preparing to host a “tea party,” lining up plastic teacups and saucers in preparation. It may take me a week or more to decide which plates to use. I will have the dining table filled with stacks of plates, mugs, cups, bowls, and glassware, and then switch things around to see what suits me at the time.
I wasn't quite ready for a fully fall table, so found inspiration in these placemats that I recently bought from One King's Lane.
I love the subtle colors, the text, and the giraffes, well knowing just how perfect they would be with my safari glassware.
Of course, while buying the placemats, I also spotted these salt and pepper shakers that I had to have as well. Yes, a little overindulgent, I admit, but I go weak at the knees when shopping for tableware, and think I must have lost consciousness for a moment right around the time I clicked “add to cart.” You have to admit, they are darned cute, and perfect for this simple table.
The napkin fold is the Bishop's Mitre, a tutorial for which can be found here.
The plates have been used numerous times before, but not in this combination, making things appear fresh and new. The bamboo-edged plates were originally used here. The polka dot-edged plates may surprise you when you see that they were first used here.
I am a huge fan of glassware, so often use a variety. I wanted a bit of color, so chose the bubble glassware as water glasses. These were a wedding gift and came from one of our favorite local haunts, Botanicals on the Park, a truly stylish gift, floral, and home decor shop that, sadly, closed a number of years ago.
The safari glasses were a gift from my parents years ago.
I don't often toss a salad at the table, but love the wooden “tossers” with painted safari print on the handles, so just plunked them down as a part of the centerpiece and I rather like it. Just goes to show that if you do something with intention, people are willing to accept it as style...or maybe eccentricity, but I'm fine with it either way.
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