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Style a Table with Purple and Green and a Surprise Centerpiece!

You never know what is going to spark a tablescape. In this case, it was all about the tablecloth and napkins! I spotted these napkins and the tablecloth at April Cornell.

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With summer weather fully upon us here in Florida, this called for an alfresco dinner in the garden. The lovely outdoor dining set I use is the Giardino Dining set from Ballard Designs.

As you can see, this table has narrow open spaces between the slats on the top. I want my linen tablecloth to lay smoothly. To have your tablecloth lay smoothly, you need to have something smooth underneath it. You don’t need to invest in an expensive table pad.

I found this $6.00 outdoor tablecloth at Target. It is quite thin so I knew I could cut it to the size I wanted. You can see the back of it is a cottony-type of backing. I put the cloth on with the backing on the top side.

This allowed my cloth to lay smoothly without any wrinkles.

The next thing was to decide what I would use for my place settings! Into my dish pantry I went to find just the right pieces! I began with Hester and Cook paper cabbage placemats.

I used Fiestaware Mulberry dinner plates and topped them with cabbage salad plates.

These pale pink embossed plates added another layer for interest.

The final layer is this soft pink dogwood blossom bread plate. I rarely do a plate stack with this many layers, but these all just called to me.

My little garden area is the perfect spot for hosting an alfresco luncheon or dinner. My vintage Fostoria Navarre Clear stemware always compliments an elegant table.

I was so glad that I bought the napkins to coordinate with this luscious tablecloth!

There are so many beautiful flowers of purple and green I could have chosen for my centerpiece. I was thinking about all of the pretty green hydrangeas I spotted at Trader Joe’s. For some time I have been wanting to make a centerpiece with artichokes. Then, for some reason, it grew into a centerpiece of a variety of vegetables in purples and greens. This is what I ended up with! You can see all of the details on how to make it at Create a Stunning Centerpiece with Vegetables.

Sources from this blog post:

Giardino Dining Set
April Cornell Bella Linen tablecloth
April Cornell Bella Linen napkin set
Mulberry Fiestaware dinner plates
Wild Rose Silverware
Navarre Clear by Forsythia
Silver Decorative Bowl for the centerpiece
Hester & Cook Cabbage placemats

Other dishes that would work well with this tablecloth:

This beautiful bread and butter by Royal Staffordshire is available from Replacements.

These pink salad plates comes in a set of four from Williams Sonoma

One last plate I had to include, this Kingsley Luncheon plate by Spode would look so pretty on this tablecloth!

Which one of these plates would you add to your tabletop collection? let me know in the comments below!

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