Italian Inspired Table

Hi everyone!

This entire table was inspired by these recently thrifted large square Italian plates! They only had two so, I snatched those two and searched like crazy throughout the store for more. But, there were no others.

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I just love the Old World feel of these plates.

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I want you to put your imagination cap on and envision our lunch today in the middle of a Vineyard or perhaps an Olive Grove in Tuscany.

Italian table 035 I started the table with these wonderful large square woven placemats. I bought them last week at the Christmas Tree Shops. They were .98 cents each. They ground the table with a very natural feel.

Italian table 027I added the dinner plates along with these cute cheese canapé dishes. Also from CTS clearanced for .79 cents each.

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When serving a repast al fresco style, it only requires a few very simple foods for your guests to enjoy. There is no reason to spend hours cooking and baking and getting your kitchen all warmed up to entertain friends or family. After all, it is about the company, not the food.

Italian table 004I used several different earthy color linens throughout this table. And pretty soft yellow napkins and a twisted metal napkin rings.

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A round of cheese is so easy and perfect to serve. No effort involved and yet delicious! I try to keep something like this in my fridge all the time just to have something light to offer guests.

Italian table 010Add some fresh berries. Not only do they offer a simple sweet treat, they look beautiful.

Italian table 040Fresh strawberries are always a welcomed treat.

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Serve some crackers you have on hand or a loaf of crusty Italian bread.

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Very simple glasses for wine and/or cold drinks.

Italian table 007Wine chilling in a pretty matching fruit design pitcher and platter. You don’t have to have an expensive wine. A bottle of chilled water would be just fine. And no need to worry about using a wine bucket if you don’t have one. Just look around your home and find something a bottle and some ice could fit into.

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Mix and match some candlesticks and candles. We aren’t into the whole “matchy, matchy” thing here. When things don’t exactly match, it has a tendency to give a more informal relaxed atmosphere. And that is what we want for our guests. We want them to relax, enjoy their visit, feel welcomed and comfortable.

Italian table 003Italian table 002Italian table 006     Have fun with your serving dishes. Use different fun bowls/platters. This just adds a welcoming thing for the eyes to roam and check out while sitting at the table.Italian table 012             Italian table 016   Not an Italian wine crate but, a fun addition to the table none the less.Italian table 019 Italian table 022 Italian table 026 Italian table 037 Looks like I need to finish taking pictures soon before I eat all my props! But, who can refuse snitching a wedge of creamy cheese or fresh ripe berries? Not me!

Italian table 043Italian table 021Italian table 025I hope you enjoyed our light lunch and chatting today. Remember, it isn’t about expensive or fancy table settings. It’s about enjoying time with your family or friends. Create memories, not perfect tables.

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  1. What a delightful tablescape. I'm in love with your cheese plates. So fun!!

  2. Beautiful setting, but those berries steal the show. They look so yummy!

  3. Hi lovely lady. You did a BEAUTIFUL tablescape sweet lady on your patio. I love your dishes also the cheese plates so sweet. I hope you have a wonderful week.
    XXOO Diane

  4. Yay Diann...gorgeous ..beautiful...outstanding!!
    Tanti baci from this Italian Girl!!

  5. What a great table scape and it all looks so yummy.
    I am now drooling all over my keyboard.

  6. Gorgeous setting and such a beautiful tablescape. I love the cheese dishes. The textures of the placemats and the box holding the berries are just perfect. Love it. Hugs, marty

  7. This table looks so natural and inviting-like people would sit down and eat and enjoy a meal for several hours.
    Thanks for sharing

  8. How pretty. I love it!

    Jocelyn @

  9. Diane, I really love the color scheme of your beautiful table!! The warm browns are my favorite colors!

  10. Yum! I'll be right over! pour me a glass!

  11. Just wonderful. I love the Italianate feel you created. The plates are so wonderful. Your colors are exquisite.. Ciao! Many Blessings, marlis

  12. Diann, Your Tuscan table is beautiful and what a great deal on those wonderful place mats. I love the dishes and the little tureen with the berries. Thank you for joining Summer Entertaining.

  13. Fabulous tablescape!! I love, love those Italian plates, they're gorgeous! The placemats are great and so are the little bowl with the berries. Wonderful...baci e ciao! Just dropped from TT at, BNOTP. FABBY

  14. Stunning table and it all looks so yummy! Wonderful place mats! Beautiful:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  15. What a great table! It was so origional and interesting. Great photos of detail.


  16. This is wonderful. The bowl of raspberries and blueberries is pure art!

  17. Diann I really love this table. The earth tones are so nice and calming. The cheese, berries and wine are a perfect way to entertain. This is another great table from you! hugs, Linda

  18. That is a lovely tablescape. You have a knack for bringing things together to make a beautiful setting. Add the cheese, fruit and crackers and it's complete.

  19. Diann, I love this! The table looks beautiful and inviting. I also appreciate your comments that things don't have to be matchy, matchy or perfect ~ it's all about enjoying friends or family. That's exactly the way I feel! :-)


  20. Hi Diann...

    Girlfriend, your Old World Tuscany table is simply delicious!!! Ohhh...I love, love, LOVE your new Tuscany plates! Not only do they make a beautiful table setting but I could see those on a display easel too...they really are gorgeous pictures! Well dear friend, your cheese plates are perfect with the old world Tuscany dinner plates! And...I love how you anchored them with the old looking rattan mats! Just beautiful! Beautiful table centerpiece fact, it really looks more like a vignette and I love that!!! Great treasure finds, dear lady! Thank you for sharing them with us...and your fabulous Old World table too!

    Love ya,

    PS...ooh, that lovely round of cheese and bowl of raspberries and blackberries has made me hungry! Hehe!

  21. That looks great! I bought the mats too! :)
    Haven't used them yet though!
    Pretty table, and very appetizing food.
    Thanks for hosting.

  22. This tablescape looks very inviting. I love the wine and cheese, add in that fresh fruit and I'm there! When would like us to come? LOL! I love the pitcher w/florals on the plate too, it's very pretty!

  23. Okay! You always amaze me at your beautifully laid out and very thrifty tables but where do you find woven place mats for 98 cents? I love this table and the plates and woven chargers. You did such a nice job with this. Very chic and very thrifty! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home! I'm kinda of late visiting!:)


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