Saturday, November 5, 2011

25 Table Settings To Steal

Color Coded

This table setting works around a light, sky blue theme. With ceramic plates, a striped tablecloth and napkins, and blue-tinted glass flower vases, the combined look is both soothing and perfect for a summer get-together.

Blue With Berries

Galvanized steel buckets and mason jars hold casual arrangements of hydrangeas and berries for a cool, summer setting. Paired with china and sterling silver, the result is a balanced and playful mix of refined elegance and country casual.

Best Buds

A large topiary centerpiece combined with individual bud vases gives this simple china table setting a casual glamour. The small bouquets also make perfect party favors.

Coordinating Accents

A black-and-white theme with accents of bright teal makes this dining room table a chic, sophisticated entertaining spot. The ribbon on the favors echoes the slight teal in the salad plate, and personalized gift tags on the favors also serve as place cards.

Crystal Clear

This tile-top dining table has no need for a tablecloth -- ceramic, hand-painted tiles create a border around the table. Glass plates help emphasize the table’s colorful patterns, and ceramic shell candleholders add to the coastal theme.

Culinary Inspiration

At your next summer get-together, let your menu inspire your table setting. Ice cream with fresh berries looks especially delicious against bright purple china and paired with cool blue hydrangeas.

Dramatic Hues

This elegant table setting takes a cue from its surroundings -- the blue glasses and ribbon napkin holders match the slipcovers and complement the green chinoserie wallpaper.

Punch of Pink

Create a stunning pink theme on a budget with inexpensive plastic pink chargers, simple cloth napkins, and a bouquet of complementary roses. Spare a few buds for sprinkling rose petals to create a romantic, feminine soiree.

Precious Metal

Silver shell figurines add a little sparkle to this coastal table. A bouquet of yellow and white flowers in a seashell encrusted vase completes the elegant, beach theme.

Place Card Perfection

Small painted flower pots filled with moss and topped off with place cards add a quaint, cottage touch to this simple table setting. With mint green linens and a centerpiece of fresh, green fruits, the effect is spirited yet sophisticated.

Mix It Up

Don't be afraid to pair fine sterling and china with more informal accents for a laid-back look -- like these Dutch blue china plates with a simple woven charger.

Fresh Greens

Yellow cloth napkins and placemats are the perfect way to update your table for summer. Small potted herbs serve as place cards and add an organic element to the table.

Easy Entertaining

Single buds in china tea cups add a sweet, feminine touch to this classic Southern table setting. Linen napkins embellished with a modern monogram update this traditional look for today.

Leafy Centerpiece

A large pot with an arrangement of lettuce leaves and an assortment of colored water glasses are like a breath of fresh air to this table setting spot. Woven place mats and simple white ceramics complete the look.

Play With Pattern

A vibrant pattern tablecloth is a no-fuss way of updating your wedding china for a summer-ready look. A blue, green, and yellow floral pattern makes this simple gold china setting really pop, and complementary green linen napkins echo the green in the flower arrangements.

You Know Hue

The vibrant yellow pattern of this china is the focal point of this outdoor table. All-white linens really help the pattern shine, and pink-and-yellow centerpieces repeat the colors of the china.

World in Red

An antique suzani from Uzbekistan matches the colors and patterns of the table's china. Accents of white lend a more modern feel to the table.

Summer Veggies

This table setting uses fresh summer vegetables not as the main entrée but as a focal point on the table. Arrangements of peppers both in the center of the table and on each plate infuse the outdoor dining area with color, and complement the yellow-green tablecloth.

Tasteful Textures

Wooden trays and woven cup holders balance the dramatic candelabras on this outdoor dining table, creating a dramatic, picnic-like feel.

Fine Dining Outdoors

In order to bring some glam to this simple, cement table, sterling silver goblets and napkin rings are used. Assorted, colored glasses are used for votive candles.

Colorful Combination

Mixing colors and patterns is key in this dining room, and the table setting is no different. With green leafy salad plates, blue-and-white soup bowls, and coral tea cups, this table setting has an unexpected, yet modern personality.

Natural Touches

The red interiors of this dining room look more vivid with the contrasting greens and teals of the china and centerpieces. By keeping it simple, this space is inviting and casual.

Unexpected Pear

A bouquet of hot pink carnations is paired with a bowl of pears on this traditional Southern table, and though it seems like an unusual combination, the colors give a fresh look to simple gold-and-white china and crystal.

Rose Simplicity

White and yellow roses packed into a simple pewter bowl are a simple way to add elegance to any table setting, whether its fine dining indoors or a shady spot on an outdoor picnic table.

Fruit of the Earth

A simple wire basket filled with nectarines feels summery and is chic even on a small budget. Look for interesting containers and baskets at the flea market or thrift store.

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