DIY Table Settings

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For those who love to entertain, but aren’t quite ready to invest in a permanent set of tableware— plain white plates will go a long way. The key to creating a place setting with character, is being willing to engage in a little hunting and gathering. From nature’s nicknacks to pretty pieces of paper, these four place settings utilize items that nearly all of us already have lying around.

1. Go Green

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A fresh leaf tucked into a napkin ring made of pearly paper and a recycled scrap of leftover gift wrap for a placemat. These are just a few elegant ways to up-cycle objects to create a truly green presentation.

2. Rock and Rope

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A bit of twine and a smooth stone are the perfect complements to this placemat, made from the crisp, clean lines of a deconstructed gift bag.

3. Something Blue

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A trim ribbon neatly tied around a napkin and plates, a sandy stone, and a blue vintage bottle on a striped kitchen towel give this place setting a relaxed and beach-y vibe.

4. Bright and Bold

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It’s okay to play with bold prints and hues when dressing your table. Look around your home for materials with colors that catch the eye and play off each other well. A bright ribbon from a discarded chocolate box tied nonchalantly around a napkin has a charming effect. A whimsical figure from the shelf adds unexpected dimension to the fun print on this tea towel.

When it comes to preparing a personal place for your guests, don’t hesitate to think outside the box. If you give yourself the opportunity, you can find inspiration in just about every nook you look!