i love throwing dinner parties. brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktail etc it gives me an excuse to buy all the ridiculous plates and glassware that i love to hoard so much. i use to think that i needed to buy 8 of everything (because you know i have so many parties of 8 over for dinner). my family is up to 7 and everyone comes over once or twice a year. a simple trick i found is to buy pieces in 2’s or 4’s (and if i super love it 6’s) . because you can always set up a table that coordinates rather than be uniform. plus i think it ads to the character of the meal. i am a huge fan of the mix and match table setting.
i curse the day that west elm moved into the area. west elm, target, anthropologie all of ya. curse you. i can’t help but pick up pieces here and there…especially when it’s all on sale. i always try to set the base first. this was for my parents anniversary and it’s february so i didn’t want to do anything to “holidayish” still but also didn’t want to go to springy yet because it’s…10 degrees. i decided a little gold glitter shimmer to add to the festivities and keep it glam but not overly seasonal. i bought two of the long white tablecloths from target for $17 each. they are a super good buy because they provide a blank canvas, protect your table and they wash easily. perfect right?
i had no reason to buy gold flatware but this set for some reason was on sale for $11 for a 5 piece set at target. i bought all there was left from the neighboring three targets. i could only rustle up 5 sets so i had to mix in some silver pieces. which is ok it ads to the charm of mismatching. i love how it made the gold in the fishs eddy plates i picked up from west elm (oh and the napkin rings and the napkins) west elm west elm weeeest elm.
the tall juice glasses were a wedding gift (you know they are good if you have kept them almost 7 years!) and the small clear juice glasses and green flutes were a super clearance buy from anthropologie two years ago. to this day i am still kicking myself for not buying all of them. they were $2 each!!! i go through these phases of “im going to be good, i do not need these” then i kick myself because it’s like… WHY did I show restraint for the $2 items but not the $50 items. abigail. dumb. i actually use these little mis matched juice glasses all the time when serving brunch because they make tropicana look fancy.
the candle sticks were a recent purchase from target. they were $12-$14 each and i’ve been debating about going to get more because i think a cluster of them would look awesome on my mantle and you can always use good candle sticks right? right. the greenery was left over from christmas from joaan fabrics. i thought it still gave it a pop of color and a hint that winter is still here.
does anyone else obsess over table settings? do you only stick to uniform pieces or do you mix and match? i think as long as they all follow the same season, color scheme and fit the tone of the meal (green and gold = light and fun brunch) (buffalo check = hearty winter dinner)0