I have an inexpensive way to collect accessories to use for my dining room table.
When I am out and about where there are dishes and dining table accessories, I have a given strategy for what I will possibly purchase.
Yesterday I went to World Market. It was morning and quiet and peaceful in there.
Kitchen Sections Of Stores:
I always love the section where dishes and all the dining accessories are because I get this feeling of cozy warmth when looking at items related to meals.
Meals are typically the time of day when people gather together.
I guess it goes back to my Granny having blackberry cobbler cooling on the counter when I came home from school.
That smell just takes me back to a time when coming home meant delectable smells from our small and simple kitchen.
The pleasant aroma of cobbler drifting through the open window made you smile before you even opened the door.
Rolling my cart through all the rows at World Market, I chose two dishes, two placemats, and two cloth napkins. This is my approach to collecting table settings for my dining table.
You don’t necessarily need 4 of everything. Or even more. Because you can mix and match what you already have with just two of everything else.
Dishes In One Color Family:
Another tip is to have all your dishes in one color family.
There are red and white transferware dishes in my open cabinet, but that is more for display.
To me, food just somehow looks better and more enticing arranged on white dishes.
If you choose all white dishes, then you can collect any pattern that is also of that color. The various shapes and sizes make for an interesting table setting.
I also bought the wooden measuring spoons for my kitchen. Because wood is another texture and it adds warmth.
What I Purchased:
- Wood measuring spoons – $6.99
- 2 caramel colored fringed placemats – $4.99 each
- 2 white plates – $5.99 each
- Buffalo check cloth napkins – $3.99 each
Rounded off to the nearest dollar, that comes to less than $40 for a whole new look.
The wooden spoons were the most expensive thing I purchased and really for my kitchen.
A Cheap Way To Have A Different Look For Your Table:
So if you take that purchase out of the equation, then you bring the price of adding two of everything to your dining collection down to $30.
I have other placemats and cloth napkins in various colors I can mix for a table setting for four. It makes things more interesting to not have everything match.
At one point I had 3-4 sets of dishes of all colors and patterns. But I find that having white dishes and various colored placemats and napkins is just easier to put everything together.
Here are a few tablescapes to show you how I mix and match what I had with the elements I purchased yesterday.
You Don’t Have To Buy Napkin Rings:
First of all, you don’t have to buy napkin rings.
I often just cut strands of ribbon and tie them around cloth napkins. Ribbon is cheap. You can often find it half off or on clearance.
I’ve been thinking about crafting napkin rings with some of the wood beads I have. That might be a fun project.
I have mixed the gold and caramel colors with two yellow placemats. There are no rules!
I like all the shades of yellow, going all the way from pale yellow to a deeper gold.
Above are two plates I purchased at some point at Tuesday Morning.
That’s a great place to pick up a couple of plates cheap. They’re usually under $5 each.
Greens & Golds:
I’ve tried to unite the green plants and wall decor with the golds and caramels of the dining table and place settings in the photo above.
Using just a few colors in various shades is a great way to unite and define a room or space.
Add whatever you want as the centerpiece for your table. Like this milk glass bud vase with one flower stem between a salt and pepper shaker.
To me, greens, golds, and browns are the color of nature and the earth which are so important to me.
Mix & Match:
In closing, mix and match what you have with a couple of dishes, placemats, or cloth napkins and you can save yourself a lot of money.
And you’ll still have something different to use for your dining table. You’re not striving for perfection. You just want a cozy space to dine with friends or family.
And another thing I think is important is setting a pretty place at the table for just you. Why not? You don’t have to have company over in order to treat yourself special.