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5 Tips for No Fuss Table Settings

I would love to create lush table settings like the ones I so admire but then, reality finds me and usually hits me smack dab in the head!  My reality and yours may be similar.  When I entertain I have very limited space which means that I have to leave room on my table for the food I’ll be serving as well as to allow comfort for my family and guests.  Therefore, the table settings I create are functional, minimal, lovely and budget-friendly.

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5 Tips for No Fuss Table Settings

5 Tips for a No Fuss Table Setting

I’m so glad you stopped by today so we could talk table settings! When I see a table set for a meal I imagine myself seated at the table and enjoying the surroundings.  Taking it all in.  Each and every nuance and detail.

I would love to create lush table settings like the ones I so admire but then, reality finds me and usually hits me smack dab in the head!  My reality and yours may be similar.  When I entertain I have very limited space which means that I have to leave room on my table for the food I’ll be serving as well as to allow comfort for my family and guests.  Therefore, the table settings I create are functional, minimal, lovely and budget-friendly.

Today, I’m sharing my favorite tips for creating table settings keeping the above in mind while using mostly items you have on hand or items you can easily find for a good price.

At the bottom of this post, you’ll also find links to some blogger friends who are sharing lovely Easter posts.

Tablecloth, Napkins, Place Mats 

5 Tips for a No Fuss Table Setting

Tablecloths 

A tablecloth acts as an anchor or base for your table setting.  I recommend stain resistant tablecloths. I have a white linen tablecloth with matching napkins that I have only used a few times.  Every time I’ve used it, it’s gotten stained.  By the time I get the stain out and then starch and iron the beast (it’s 60 x 102 inches) plus the matching napkins I vow not to use it again.  If you have a tablecloth that stands up to stains and laundering, by all means, use that but in case you don’t, my second favorite option is a lace tablecloth.

Lace tablecloths hold up surprisingly well to use and laundering (when laundered properly!).  The one on my table is a 60 x 104 inch Princess House lace tablecloth.  It is vintage but it has held up to years of use.

5 Tips for a No Fuss Table Setting

Napkins 

Cloth napkins are wonderful for formal settings but there are beautiful paper napkins that can just as easily be used! I stock up on these when I see them on clearance.  They’re great for any day of the week and if you can get the matching or coordinating plates on sale any meal can be a special occasion.

Placemats

I don’t normally use placemats if I’m also using a tablecloth but to create a more formal feel I used fabric placemats for this setting.  Be aware of the stain dilemma, though.  I often find beautiful fabric placemats at the thrift store.  

Candles

5 Tips for a No Fuss Table Setting

Candles help to create a mood.  Even if the dinner isn’t a romantic one candles are a wonderful way to set the theme.  I usually light taper candles when entertaining but for this table, I used some egg-shaped candles I bought on clearance a few years ago.

Centerpiece or Floral Arrangement

My centerpiece of choice is fresh flowers.  Keep in mind that you don’t want anything too tall or too invasive.  You want everyone at the table to be able to see each other and communicate.

5 Tips for a No Fuss Table SettingI found this bouquet of hydrangeas for only $12.00 at a local grocery store.  I didn’t have a vase big enough to allow this bouquet to sprawl but I did have a large glass candle holder.  I removed the insert that holds the candle and used this as my vase.  I love the way it looks and since it’s see through it gives an open feel to the table.  To add a little depth to the vase I placed it on a silver tray from the Dollar Tree.

To add a little warmth to the glass vase I tied a large satin bow from my craft stash to the vase.

Dishes, Silverware and Drink Ware

Sweet and Simple Table Setting Pflaltzgraff Grandma's Kitchen

Special occasions are the time to pull out your favorite dishes.  My favorite set for Easter/Spring is my Pfaltzgraff Grandma’s Kitchen.  It’s also fun to use silverware and glasses that you may not normally use.

5 Tips for No Fuss Table Settings

I will be totally honest with you, though.  I didn’t have a working dishwasher for 10 years and during those years, I opted for pretty paper plates and paper napkins.  The china stayed safely tucked away during that time.

A Little Extra Something

For this particular table setting I added something spring-like to each plate.

White Chalk paint bird

A white chalk paint bird…..

White Chalk Paint Rabbit

A white chalk paint rabbit…..

Wooden Rabbit Bud Holder

a rabbit that holds a single flower bud…..

5 Tips for No Fuss Table Settings

and a fabric lamb that was my oldest son’s when he was a child.

I normally like to place a small gift, individual boxes of chocolate or small plants to each place setting for guests to have as a take away but since this is just for my family I used small things that I had around the house.5 Tips for No Fuss Table Settings

More Easter Inspiration!

Monday

Celebrating Everyday Life

Cupcakes and Crinoline

My Soulful Home

She Holds Dearly

Shabby Art Boutique

Tuesday

Redhead Can Decorate

Garden Therapy

On Sutton Place

Debbiedoos

Wednesday

StoneGable

Housepitality Designs

FrenchGardenHouse

Duke Manor Farm

Love of Home

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Kristin

Sunday 14th of February 2021

These are such great tips and I'm so glad you joined us this week for Welcome Home Sunday!

Denise

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Thanks for sharing your table setting for Easter, so sweet. I went to the website and I love many of her linens, greats garden table cloth is so pretty! I have some dishes that are perfect for a table setting. Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks, Denise

Mary Beth

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Thank you so much for stopping by Denise and you are officially entered!

Margaret

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Asking me to choose my favorite April Cornell anything is like asking me to choose my favorite child. I just cannot do it! Will it count if I say 'All of them"?

Mary Beth

Thursday 16th of March 2017

I totally understand your dilemma, Margaret! :)

Sarah | She Holds Dearly

Thursday 16th of March 2017

I love how you broke this down, it is going to help put so many hostesses at ease. Happy Easter!

Mary Beth

Thursday 16th of March 2017

Thank you so much, Sarah, and a Happy Easter to you as well!

Debbie manno

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

The best little touches are the sweet and no fuss! You got it just right:)

Mary Beth

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Thank you so much, Debbie!