Today I am showing you an India inspired tablescape, both the first time I styled it and the second time when I was actually happy with it. I usually don’t share my “mistakes”, but I want you to know I don’t always set out to style a pretty table and it works out perfectly. Sometimes I look at it when I am finished and just give up and put it all away. This time, I went about the process of making the table work by changing up some of the elements.
This is how my table was set at first. Without a cloth or a placemat, the plate stack looked blah to me.
The flowers were beautiful jewel tones that coordinated perfectly with my dishes, but this centerpiece was way too overpowering. It was time to jazz up the place setting and tone down the centerpiece. The first thing I thought was that those plain gold napkin rings did not do anything for these dramatic dishes. I remembered I had held onto these curtain tiebacks the previous owners had left in our home. I went to work fashioning some more elaborate napkin rings that I felt were in keeping with the feeling of my table. Cutting sections of cardboard tube, I hot glued sections of the tie backs to them, reserving the tassels for the end of the tube.
Those made a huge difference right then and there! I wanted to show you these lovely dinner plates without the elephant salad plates on top of them. These are lovely all by themselves, and without the elephant plates they could be styled an entirely different way. Even though this is from my “before” tablescape, I was amazed that these dishes are still available. I bought them 3 or 4 years ago at World Market, but they still have them, and had these pretty bowls that matched them. A couple of these with my jewel toned artificial flowers would be perfect for my centerpiece. Then when I discovered this cute little elephant cookie jar at World Market, I knew my centerpiece would be complete. I filled my little elephant with the same artificial flowers and perched the lid on top. Along with two of the bowls of flowers, my table was looking much better.After I was done fussing and fixing, my table turned out bright and colorful and ready to host friends for dinner! Do you sometimes start planning a table one way and end up switching to something else?