In this post: Sometimes ordinary just won’t do. For those times, why not be inspired by pink and gold table decor with Versace plates for an elegant tea table setting?⇒
Did you ever see a stunning china pattern that you absolutely had to have, but it was extremely pricey?
What makes a china set seem so expensive is the perception that you need to buy service for twelve. But what if you only buy two place settings?
That dinner plate that seemed so expensive when buying multiples is suddenly a lot more affordable when setting a table for two.
This is what making compromises is all about when decorating a home. Often we need to temper our impulses and settle for something less costly than what we really wanted. If we shop carefully, we can usually find a reasonable substitute that preserves the spirit of the look we were going for, but is far more budget-friendly.
But every so often, it’s nice to splurge on the real thing. In those cases, if you can buy a lesser quantity or smaller size, you may find you can afford what seemed out of the question at first glance.
For this table setting, that was exactly my approach. I fell in love with this fabulous china pattern and decided to set a small bistro table near the fireplace for an elegant afternoon tea party.
The table setting is built around Versace’s Byzantine Dreams dinnerware, by Rosenthal China. The Versace plates mix a gentle blush pink with a warm gold and the regal pattern offers a rich base for this special, albeit petite, tablescape.
(See resource list below.)
A closer view of the plate stack reveals the beauty of the pattern mix, set against the gilded chargers. Vintage silver flatware holds its own alongside the prominent place setting.
Soft pink roses add a touch of quiet elegance and pretty simplicity, all that’s necessary on this opulent stage.
The blush linen napkin with its delicate ruffle has shown its versatility in a range of settings I’ve done. The washed linen can lean casual, while the whisper of pink sits well dressed-up, too. Bejeweled napkin rings in amber tones work perfectly with the theme.
Croissants and pink champagne are perhaps more suggestive of brunch than tea, but fit nicely amidst the well bred elements on the bistro table. In fact, a lunch for two is another wonderful way to use an abbreviated set of china in a practical way.
A pink depression glass dessert set is presented on the plate stand. French Aubusson pillows add comfort and a touch of color to the scene. The tablecloth is vintage blush damask.
The gorgeous pink bowl is crystal cut in a rose pattern and the damask napkin matches the vintage tablecloth.
The golden birdbath is a salt cellar and it’s diminutive size doesn’t take away from its stunning impact. In glints in the sunlit room and its newness contrasts the 17th century church candlestick glimpsed behind it.
Glen plaid champagne flutes and water glasses round out the elegant scene. A gilded clock on the mantle is flanked by lovely bits of pink, from candles and roses, to blush wines from Provence.
The pattern you pick might be very different than mine, but the point is that you can indulge in this small luxury if you limit the number of pieces of china you buy. You can always add to the set in later years, but it’s also fine to keep this little pleasure a one time thing.
Next time you’re having a friend over for an intimate get together, consider a dainty table with pink and gold Versace plates or the indulgence of your choice!
Tea Party Table Setting Resource List
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