Starting a Tablescape

Hi everyone!

Let’s Dish about starting a tablescape.

When you want to do a tablescape, do you already have it pictured in your head? Do you have an idea of what you want to do?

Sometimes I know exactly what I want to do and what I am going to use. That happens about 50% of the time. The other 50% is I have an idea of what I want.

Generally I start with knowing that I want to do a tablescape around some new thrifted dishes. That is the easy part! LOL

Actually creating the tablescape to spotlight those dishes is the trial and error part.

Linens play the next important part. The linens can dictate how the feel of the tablescape is going to turn out.

Last week, I wanted to create a thrifty Easter tablescape. And I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. So, I gathered some “possibilities”.


Yup, I just pulled things that I thought I might use.


I also needed to decide if the tablescape is going to be for 2,3 or 4 place settings.


Are we actually going to sit down and eat at this table? That will also decide how many setting I put on the table.


You also need to pull together some accessories.


Do you pull different linens and accessories out and figure out what is going to work for you? So many times I think I know exactly what napkins and table cloth or placemats I am going to use. Then I set the table and I wonder what the heck I was thinking! Back to the drawing boardIMG_1355


At the time I took these pictures and wrote this post, I still didn’t have a clue what I was going to use for my Thrifty Tablescape party post (you can see the actually table HERE) What I did know was  I had a lot ironing ahead of me!

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  1. Thanks for the tops girl! Love your blog. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. We entertain often and I always have a clear idea on the tablescape and just jump right into it.....with BLOG playing with dishes tablescape I find it much easier (not many most are for real entertaining) but easier b/c I usually spare myself carrying all the extra dishes and just do a 2 or 4 top instead of the formality of the 6 or 8 tops in the dining room as I would normally do for parties.

    But b/c all my dinner and tea parties normally almost always have a theme, it is easier to stay focused on color and texture.

    Love your post, will be do interesting to see what others have to say about their lovely creations, too.

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. It's a lot of fun and a great place to show off seasonal decor. I love it...I've done one now and can't wait to do another when we get back! Enjoy your week!

  4. I never know! lol I might have some dishes I want to use, but mostly I just start pulling things out and go by trial and error.

  5. Well, I see some things in your pile I'd like to work with! I have those eggs from CTS too!
    I am like you , sometimes I know exactly what i am going to do, and other times, I work from the centerpiece out,OR vice versa!
    Sorry I couldn't do the thrifty table party, but I had a lot to prepare for Easter. I didn't host, but had a lot to make.
    Thanks for Linking to Let's Dish!

  6. I just LOVE doing tablescapes!! Usually I start with the dishes and then go looking for my linens and accessories. I will have to join your party!!

    Have a wonderful night!


  7. Different things inspire my tablescapes...seasonal, plates, linens and sometimes just flowers! Its fun and creative for me! Hugs, Linda

  8. I usually have one thing that inspires me, then I search for everything else...sometimes I have to table it because I don't have what I need...just an excuse to hit the thrift stores is what my husband says!

  9. Like you it's fun to gather things and then come up with an idea for a table. Inspiration has to strike. ;-)
    I'm off to see that table.......Sarah

  10. Wonderful post! I have a bright idea and start pulling out different linens and accessories and the idea morphs. Many times the table comes together, looking nothing like my original bright idea.:-)


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