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
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
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
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
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!