Big Love & Kisses to Miss Heather Blaha.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
You know I'm going to say it . . .
Hit up those Flea Markets. Here you will find plates, glassware, silver serving pieces & flatware. Don't be afraid of a little tarnish. Tarn-X is your best friend and besides- it adds a little character!
|These trays were $7 each|
|Less than a minute later these loves have a new life|
|Doilies from the Dollar Store|
Fear Not. It's a dollar
Milk Glass vases are easy to find in second hand stores & markets. I just adore the crisp white against fresh flowers. You can also readily find various glass containers for candles or flowers.
|I found this vase for $3|
|Milk Glass & Vintage Bottles|
|just add votives|
Do yourself a favor and grab a bunch of Mint Julep cups. You will find yourself using them for everything. I even store makeup brushes in one. Pencils in another. Sometimes chopsticks. Occasionally cigars. These little fellas are your entertaining & decor staple.
|any flower, grass, leaf or herb will do|
Empty wine bottles & simple glass containers are a Stress Free & budget friendly alternative to expensive floral arrangements. The key is to keep your flowers monochromatic and add tons of candlelight.
|This table was put together in under 5 minutes|
|Simple is better. Consider glassware as vases.|
You already own plenty.
|The total cost of these flowers? $12|
varying height & containers stretch your flower dollar
|Burlap. The cheapest & chicest of all fabrics|
|From a previous party|
vase = free
Candlelight is a must. I always like to use black candles as they are unexpected, edgier, and add a touch of glamour. The best way to ensure the glow is to incorporate at least one votive per guest.
|Black tapers offset the sweetness|
|3 votives. 3 guests|
|Stock up. 5 for $10. IKEA|
Table linens are a great way to either mellow out the scene or amp it up. High impact. Low cost.
|Graphic Love. $20 for set of 4|
|Kavita Napkins Set of 4 $12|
|Jonathan Adler Talitha table runner $34|
|Prakesh tablecloth $18|
|$40 Union Jack tapestry|
Makes for one fabulous tablecloth
|Adore. Set of 4 for $28|
Inject texture & pattern with plates & accessories. If you keep with a standard white setting and mix in pieces you will save on both time & cash. Layer in the unexpected for a custom, not cookie cutter, effect. It's ok if you can't find a complete set. Mingling different patterns with simple white dinnerware is charming & smart.
|IKEA 365 series. The prefect canvas. $4|
|A fabulous base. NeoBaroque Dinnerware $24-32|
|Not the same.|
This is a Good Thing.
|Chevron adds a punch|
|Gold rimmed glasses I found at Market|
$6 for set of 6
|HomeGoods has the best selection of|
White Dinnerware on the cheap
This love was $3
Above all, Relax & Enjoy yourself & company. Dinner parties are for getting together. Not stressing. If all else fails- Keep it unpretentious. And remember, simplicity leads to elegance.
|leave the fuss behind. Have a glass of wine & enjoy!|