This is true. This is a table I actually threw together in 5 minutes, without purchasing a thing. Okay, yes, I do collect an awful lot of tabletop items so I have much on hand. And yet in this case, I had set a formal table in the dining room for a large gathering and didn’t give much thought to the fact that several extra people would be sitting in the kitchen. Hence it was exactly the way I put a table together in my kitchen, when I’d like to elevate a weeknight dinner to a special level… or at least a level above standing at the counter eating out of a tin!The first thing I did was grab the basics – classic white dinner plates and matching salad plates. I also pulled my normal silverware, as my set is large enough to accommodate the extra guests. Now that the guests had the essentials to enjoy the meal, the next step was to incorporate a special feel to this ordinary setting. The little white teapot with the fall theme was an easy add, as it worked well with the basic white I began with.Now it was time to come up with a quick visual direction and fill in some color. I didn’t have to look far for inspiration. Sitting right on my kitchen counter was a long leaf platter with mini pumpkins lined up. This being fall, a color feeling was all but pre-determined.So, out came the golden wine glasses with the crackle bottoms from Pier 1. The glimmer really dresses the table up a bit. I then began a search for anything I already owned that would complement the warm tones of the season, keeping in mind that my best pieces were already in use on the dining room table.It’s rare when I don’t use fresh flowers for my table settings, but this was a quick improvise, so my go to centerpiece was the tray of gourds and pine cones I’ve been keeping there during the day. Not exactly a fragrant bouquet, but lightyears better than stacks of paper and mail.To bring out the warm tones in the gourds and really drive the fall theme home, I pulled my russet linen napkins out and gathered them in my amber jeweled napkin rings. This is probably the number one thing you can do to a basic weeknight place setting to take it out of the ordinary. With a base of neutral plates, you can pull any color napkins you have on hand and really add an elegant touch to a table, even though it is set in the kitchen.Another upgrade to any table is the addition of aroma. I often use candles but here I brought in my autumn potpourri and slipped it into a little vintage silver holder that’s always on my kitchen island. A pretty bow, which actually came on the potpourri bag, is a 3 second touch of luxury.To add a very quick hint of elegance, I tucked my bronze chargers beneath the snowy white plates. The more glimmer I could incorporate into this very wood kitchen, the less bland it would look, and it picked up the similar tones in the glasses and napkin rings.The final touch was, without a doubt, my candlesticks and bobeches. For some this might be a bit fussy for the kitchen, but I am enamored with candles and crystal bobeches in particular, so I selected my golden ones with the rose colored drops and added glittered gold candles. After the cloth napkins I would say this is most significant update to a weeknight table that makes it special.Of course it’s always important when eating in the kitchen to keep the counters clear and the room uncluttered. It’s never going to feel like a well dressed dining room, but when you threw it together in 5 minutes, what’s to complain about?
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