Recently my mom – Little Debbie, as we gangsta rappers like to call her – asked me about tablesetting with amber colored glassware. I suggested turquoise but I think she probably already had that in mind. Then last week I went over to her house.
Bada boom bada bang!
She had not one but two tables set with the glowing warm gold glassware and the fun blue color that made me oh-so-proud to call her Mum. The best part was that both arrangements had very different feels, styles and set ups even though they shared a common color palette. And because I am always prepared to snap photos…I snagged a few to share with you.
The first tablesetting was in the dining room. And since it was in the more formal space, it made perfect sense to create a more formal arrangement. She used lots of deep browns to warm up the blues…and tied in those browns with the perfect accent plates. Those accent plates (which sported different pictures of fruits with that washed-out blue background) were placed upon a stack of various sized plates. The base plate, a coppery toned plate with a metallic feel, was placed on a round Easter placemat which was then placed on a turqouise square placemat. Don’t you just love the layered placemats? And I can’t get over how great the rugged masculine dinner plate pairs with the frilly pastels of the round placemat. Can you imagine if she had only placed the placemats down? It woulda looked plumb crazy. But then adding the layers made it look cohesive and distinguished.
I also love the fact that she added LOADS of texture with the different elements. See the rough but small texture of the woven placemat, then the soft and ruffly feel of the round placemat, followed by the smoothness of the brown plate, then even more interest with that glass plate that looks like cracked glass topped with a plate that has the texture literally painted on? And that’s not mentioning the amber glass cup.
Finally, she finished off the entire thing with a simple stacked centerpiece. Yup. That’s one glass cakestand with a turqouise plate on top for a punch of color followed by a generic glass vase filled with dead roses. Yes…dead. as. a. doornail. Wait. That’s not right…what is that saying again? Dead as a doorknob? Dead as a doorbell? Whatever. They were dead. And on either side was a couple large glass candlesticks with turqouise hued candles.
Pretty fabulous, right? The way the warm colored roses accented the dishware was uber elegant, right? And the fact that those roses didn’t require any upkeep meant a winning centerpiece in my book. They are like the George Clooney of centerpieces….no commitment but always looks good
Now on to numero dos in the turquoise and amber tablesettings. This one is quite different.
First off – it’s totally informal. And island-inspired.
The glasses and the placemats were the same as the previous tablesetting. What was different? Everything else.
But the thing that made this tablesetting work was the way mom integrated the colors with the rest of the tableau. Using a little wire and some fun beads, mother-dearest created some cheap napkin rings to bring in all the hues in the fun scarf that she draped in the middle of the table. The napkins & the crafty napkin rings coordinated the glasses to the scarf but also the rest of the centerpiece.
Speaking of the centerpiece, a silver hued tray was filled with a glass hurricane, a faux coral, and some glass accents. I love that she worked in so many sea-inspired elements such as the sand nestled around the oversized candle, the turquoise coral, and the clear orbs that looked like bubbles.
And of course, I can’t forget to mention the quirkiest centerpiece item – a walking stick. with a head like a whale. Jonah wouldn’t forget a thing like this
Isn’t it great to see how a little challenge like “how do ya use amber glassware?” turns into two very different but still beautiful tablesettings? I love it when people turn something a little old-fashioned into a chic design element…even if it is on the tabletop. So all I have to say is good job ma! Now go give yourself a couple thousand Bower Power points.
So what do you guys think? Double the pleasure? Double the fun? And how bout that crazy walkin stick? I never would have thought to incorporate such a strange item into a tablesetting…would you? Any other wacky items you’ve seen lately as a centerpiece? Or maybe you are still gawking at those dead flowers…anyone else a bloom drier? Or perhaps this is just a good reminder to get out your thinking caps when it comes to that old dishware?