Rebecca Gallop has a terrific eye for simple beautiful things, which she shares on her blog, A Daily Something. Since it’s prime party season, we’re sharing her tips for creative tabletop styling + outdoor entertaining all month right here!
Mixing and Matching with Vintage
Thrift shops are a wonderful place to find beautiful vintage dinnerware for your tabletop, and they don’t all have to match. The beauty of mixing and matching is just that: finding the balance between coordinating and eclectic details. This setting transports me to my grandmother’s backyard for an afternoon tea. Soft colors, an abundance of fresh blooms, and an assortment of both brand new and vintage treasures.
For the dinnerware, the modern feel of the Organic Shaped Dinner Plates provided some subtle boldness to an otherwise refined tabletop. Paired with vintage gold-rimmed Fire King salad plates and vintage floral soup bowls, the white plates stand out. The Gold Flatware is perfectly elegant and appropriate for a garden party, while providing modern lines to the setting.
For the tea setting, rather than just using a vintage tea cup and saucer, I added a layer with a Blue Tile Terracotta Salad Plate. And no garden party tabletop is complete without grandma’s doilies, which provide a daintiness between the bold patterned plate and the softness of the tea cup and saucer. This layered stack is my favorite element of this table.
For the centerpiece, I flanked the table with flowers in silver vessels. Peonies and vintage silver containers add a charm and elegance to the table. For a daytime soiree, rather than lighting candles on the table, stuff candlesticks full of fresh blooms and greens. Cascading strawberries lend a certain unexpected romance, and are a wonderful way to add light touches of color.
By pairing a few charming, vintage details with items you can easily purchase new, and thinking creatively when layering, you can create a unique garden party spread in no time!
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