Saturday, November 13, 2010

This Week's Ideabook On Houzz: Tables Set For Entertaining

For some reason I have never been very successful at setting a beautiful table for holiday meals. I suspect it requires more effort than I've made to date. But it's time to start trying! For inspiration I looked to see what dressed up tables are being showcased on Houzz.

Jessica Hall Associates traditional dining room
Jessica Hall Associates

What I found is a wide range of styles, from ornate to simple. Tell me, what is your approach to setting a table for a festive meal? I think I'll be starting with simple.

To read the entire Houzz Ideabook click here. Enjoy your weekend! Janell

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Image From Houzz

16 comments :

  1. I'm not very good at this either. I love to see layered patterns and textures, but our china is sort of boring.

    -Rene

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  2. Oh There is so much inspiration in blogland. I just drool and then try to copy. Your picture is stunning, so elegant. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Marty, I knew you would appreciate this Ideabook! If anyone is looking for more inspiration in setting tables take a visit to Marty's Blog and search for posts on tablescapes!

    Janell

    http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/

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  4. I'm not setting the holiday table this year....going to my son's. Kathysue at goodlifeofdesign is doing a series on setting her holiday table that is full of inspiration. You might want to see her posts from the last couple of days. Really beautiful, and she explains the process she goes through. Whatever you do will be wonderful!

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  5. I LOVE table setting - I think that is what I plan first (over the food - um that is probably weird) But always more on the simple side. I loved all your images on Houzz - well, I didn't LOVE all of them but I loved the varied styles that you covered. I choose simple. I am 'into' white plates, a white 'hotel style' tablecloth with a runner over it for just a little color (or texture). When I plan my centerpiece(s) I always think low or my family will move them anyway - they like to see each other! I will be doing a post soon on holiday tables ... but first I have to get through the Wizard of Oz party!

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  6. I have to say it's one of my favorite parts about hosting. I Love trying to do something different. But when in doubt little groups of tightly packed flowers in beautiful silver cups or vases go a long way. I am still trying to stop drooling over that ceiling in your main photo. WOW.

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  7. I start with a color scheme and go from there. For Thanksgiving I'm doing miniature white pumpkins, candles and flowers in brushed gold small urns!

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  8. Setting the table for Thanksgiving makes me more nervous than cooking a turkey. :)

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  9. I am all about simple, and just add color via napkins, tablecloth, napkin rings, candles and flowers. Love your blog and you don't look a day over 29 :)

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  10. Your new blog layout looks amazing!!! I love it. It's so "you"!

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  11. Thanks for that ideabook. I'm with you, I've struggled (okay, I never gave it much time or thought) on tablescapes.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  12. what a great blog, love the pics. I always mix things up on entertaining dinner tables, never the same of anything...

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  13. I can't go without creating a tablescape, but I usually choose either the buffet table or the dinner table, depending on the occasion. Building a tablescape makes your guests feel extra special, but it does take extra work! If storage and budget were no option, I'd love to have different types of plates and glasses as it can add so much fun to it. I'm not at all one for cute table settings. Natural and elegant are the way to go for me.

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  14. I admit I am lax throughout the year with setting a nice table but I do go all out at Christmas. For sentimental reason I use the china I inherited from my mother-in-law even though I have my own set. It always make me feel close to her. I also like a fresh flowers and candles galore.

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  15. It makes me feel better to hear you say that. I've never felt table tops were my strong point. Maybe it's because I would rather just eat out.

    Happy Monday :)

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  16. Table setting does not necessarily need to look extravagant before it can be beautiful. Sometimes, simplicity works best when being displayed out with a few contrasting elements. When I go visiting, I notice that I feel very welcomed on a pastel-themed table setting with silver ornaments or little storage containers and cups all around. They make the place feel very warm and exquisite.

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