In this post: If all you have are simple white dishes, you can still set a beautiful table. Here’s how one element can turn an ordinary dining table into an exceptional one.
Do you ever look at beautiful table settings and then think, “yeah but, I only have one set of plain white dishes”?
Well, don’t despair! As it turns out, crisp white dishes are the ‘little black dress’ of tableware. Accessorize them and they can go anywhere.
For this tablescape, I was thinking about transitioning seasons. With late summer rolling in and fall on the horizon, I wanted to set an outdoor table that was noncommittal to a particular season. Just simple white dishes in a lovely green setting. And only one element to dress it up…
The only thing providing color on this vibrant table is fresh flowers. Remove the flowers and you have essentially an all white table.
Not only all white, in fact, but also set with the plainest of white dishes. (See resource list below.)
With simple white plates, you can use almost any charger. Here I’ve used mother-of-pearl mosaic chargers for a bit of textured interest.
But what really defines this table and takes it out of the ordinary is the mix of florals.
I chose to keep the tableware very understated and let the florals do all the heavy lifting. Multiple bouquets in varied heights give this tablescape its personality and work perfectly in this garden setting.
I selected a range of vintage silver vases to present the arrangements. The silver pieces add a note of shimmer without taking away from the tonal underpinning of this tableau.
Cut crystal champagne flutes serve a similar purpose, adding elegance without being distracting.
The white embroidered napkins are gathered in a crystal ring, but the pink gerber daisies tucked inside take it up a notch. To get the same effect you can use any white napkins with various metal rings, as it’s the flower that makes the real statement.
I used a small embroidered tablecloth thrown askew, but again, any vintage white cloth will do.
If you think not owning formal china is preventing you from setting an elegant table, think again. With simple white dishes and a mix of gorgeous florals, your table settings can be quite exceptional!
White Dishes Tablescape Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- White dinner plates
- Mother-of-pearl chargers
- First Love flatware
- White embroidered napkins
- White embroidered tablecloth
- Glen plaid flutes
- Silver teapot
- Vintage silver vases
- Nailhead parsons chair
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