Remember the beautiful baby blue chargers I splurged on recently from Amazon? I’ve been meaning to set a table with them since they arrived, and this past weekend after a long-awaited trip to Goodwill and a peek into the trunk of my car, I finally got to set my table. I’m so excited to share it with you!
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I felt like these chargers suggested a fairytale theme – like a luncheon that Cinderella herself might attend. I even have a vintage planter in the shape of a fanciful horse and carriage that I was dying to use as the centerpiece.
What I really needed was the perfect dinner plate. This is where my recent trip to Goodwill came in. Now yes, I have at least a hundred dinner plates in my house… I’m sure I could have found four that would have worked very well. Probably something in a Limoges, or possibly a Homer Laughlin. But when I saw “Chelsea” by Royal Prestige on the shelf at Goodwill for $1.49 each, I just knew I’d found the perfect dinner plate for my fairytale tablescape. I mean – look at her!
From here it was a short search through my Limoges to find four coordinating salad plates (oh those gold double edges get me every time!)
And the trunk of my car? Well I had searched my stash for the perfect “floppy flower” napkin rings (because every fairytale includes a castle with a beautiful garden, right?), but I hadn’t found anything in a set of four. Then I remembered the silk floral garland I had bought on another junk jaunt a few weeks ago. Where was it? In the car trunk of course – and voila! Four perfect pink silk roses to be made into napkin rings!
This table was coming together impossibly well. I chose Wallace “Napoleon Bee” flatware because certain princesses are very good about attracting wildlife.
Blue and green glassware with a wave motif on the stem in case a certain little mermaid might come to the table.
And at long last, the absolute perfect table for my “storybook chairs.” I had found and painted these unique vintage dining chairs a few years ago, and did some hand painting/finishing on the details across the backs. I’ve always loved how they turned out – like very old furniture in the illustrations of children’s books.
Well as it happens, they echo almost perfectly the styling of the chargers, so I brought them in off the enclosed porch to serve as “star seating” at the fairytale table.
Here are a few more views around the table.
An image for Pinterest in case you’d like to save my Fairytale tablescape for future ideas.
And of course the “put-away shot,” with all our elements rounded up and ready to go back to their respective places.
Looking for more tablescape inspiration on a budget? Check out my Facebook Group, Thrifty Tablescapers! Our creative members share tablescapes created with vintage, secondhand, hand-me-down, and otherwise budget-friendly tableware!
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I’m sharing for Tablescape Thursday over at Susan’s blog, Between Naps on the Porch. Click through for more tablescape inspiration!