While pristine white can be formal, it seems to work best in everyday settings. A whimsical garden gate tells your guests to expect the unexpected, and to have fun.
Mixed patterns in the dishes, glassware, and cutlery are united by white and gold. Crystal echos the ice just outside my door, but it takes on depth and dimension as candlelight casts a cozy glow, bouncing colors across the table.
Instead of a traditional centerpiece, a tureen serves as the focal point. Grocery store flowers can be pricey, but a single bunch of mums or daisies can be put to good use. Pottery creamers are perfect for mini-bouquets.
Clear votives add a bit of romance and make everything sparkle.
For tablescaping inspiration, and to view hundreds of tabletop ideas, visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her weekly event, Tablescape Thursday.
China: Gibson (Big Lots) and Baroque (American Atelier)
Tureen: Baroque (Replacements, Ltd)
Ecru Napkins: April Cornell
Bee Box: Horchow
Flatware: International Sterling "Wild Rose" mixed with stainless (Barbed Wire and Twig)
votives: Big Lots
White heart placecard holders: Amazon.com
Pitchers and crystal: wedding presents, garage sales, antique malls