I have a healthy blue and white, chinoiserie obsession and this alfresco tablescape makes me smile! It’s so bright and vibrant and plays beautifully against the clear blue sky! It was the perfect choice for this year’s Mother’s Day brunch. My table was simple and set for four with plenty of space for platters as we were eating family style. That explains why the table looks a little sparse, but it’s intentional. Here’s a link to my Mother’s Day Alfresco Brunch to view the menu and links to the recipes.
HERE’S HOW I STYLED IT
I started with this beautiful 54-Inch wide canvas-like remanent I found at a fabrics store in the clearance section. It was a steal at $9 dollars! It was enough material for our two patio tables – the one seen here and a small bistro table off to the side. A purchased these white bamboo placemats a few months ago and I was dying to use them. I knew they would be perfect with my Italian Spode plates and that combination would just pop. At the far end of the table I set three vases with tulips and snapdragons from my local flower shop – this allowed plenty of space for my platters and lively conversation without an obstructed view. The vivid colors on the tulips seem to burst off the image – especially the yellow-tipped orange tulip. I just love them.
A simple white cotton napkin with battenburg lace detail is held by a crystal cut napkins ring. I didn’t want a busy pattern or an elaborate napkin ring distracting from the beautiful plates. The classic blue and white combination is stunning on its own and it doesn’t need a whole lot to make a statement. I find that simple and classic is always timeless and looks best. Sometimes an elaborate table looks busy and cluttered and I don’t find it practical for family-style meals. Everyday entertaining is simple and appealing – it’s not a wedding production so I always stick to a clean design that allows my guests to relax and enjoy themselves. If you have separate dedicated table for your food, you can go all out with an elaborate tablescape since you’re not competing for space on the table for platters.
A few years back I purchased a few champagne bottle coasters at a vintage store. I just love them and use them regularly. They are beautifully detailed and crafted. They define the space for the champagne and protect the tablecloth and table from water marks and stains.
The champagne glasses are from the Dollar store! Yes, the dollar store has inexpensive glasses that do the job. I have at least about 20 of them and typically use them when dining outdoors or large gatherings. The etched pitcher and water glasses are vintage and I’ve had them over 25 years.
Italian Spode plates – Amazon
Kim Seybert Bamboo Placemats – Kim Seybert
Silverware – Crate & Barrel
Blue & White print tablecloth – fabric from JoAnn’s Fabrics & Crafts
Milk Glass Hobnail Vintage Vases – various antique stores
Chinoiserie Vase – HomeGoods
Champagne glasses – Dollar Store
Vintage Libbey Etched Daisy Juice Pitcher & Glasses – antique store
Champagne Coasters – antique store
White Serving Platters – HomeGoods
Here’s a picture of the table with the various platters. It makes sense now, right? I love serving on white platters. They are simple enough, they go with any decor and they allow the food to be the star. I have a collection of white serving platters and plates all from HomeGoods.
This tablescape would work well with just about any theme or occasion such as Easter, spring gathering, birthday, etc. I love to play with patterns and mix and match all my pieces. You’ll be seeing these plates in the future. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your pieces to create a unique and beautiful table. Your pieces can range from expensive (like my placemats) to inexpensive (like my champagne glasses), the cost doesn’t matter. Look for colors and textures that compliment or contrast and have fun! I hope you liked my alfresco tablescape and find inspiration in setting your own beautiful table! Wishing everyone a lovely Mother’s Day!