I am lucky enough to have a Caspari store in my town and I am always inspired by their fabulous displays! (Think Anthropologie but with an emphasis on entertaining!) It’s one of my “happy places”. When I was there the other day I spotted these robin’s egg blue faux lizard placemats and I immediately scooped them up. Then I turned and saw that they had matching paper napkins! I’m crazy about robin’s egg blue (or aqua or turquoise or whatever you want to call it!) and when it’s mixed with orange like this I think it looks like pure summer! I felt so inspired I couldn’t help but come home and create a table setting with them and share it with you. Whether you’re having lunch with a girlfriend or company for dinner – you can set a pretty summer table with these colors! Here’s how I did it:
When setting a pretty table I like to pull out the “good stuff” – even for everyday and that includes china & silver. But to keep it from feeling too formal I like to mix and match the pieces. Whether it’s layering complimentary plates or pairing random patterns of silver – mixing it up a little keeps it fresh. So now whenever I’m at a yard sale or antique shop I’m always on the lookout for pretty plates, forks, knives & spoons to add to my collection.
I like anything sparkly and making a napkin ring with some bling is a great way to make this setting shine! I chose this brooch because of the blue colors but also because the leaf pattern feels a little tropical which I thought suited the beach shell napkins quite well. To make this one I simply looped a small piece of ribbon through the back of this brooch and tied it to this plain silver napkin ring. Hot glue is a great way to attach these if you really want to commit – but I’m a little bit fickle with my table decor – so I prefer this ribbon technique. Accents like napkin rings are one of my most changed elements so I want to remain flexible.
I also want to mention that these napkins are paper! Yep, you sure can use paper napkins when entertaining – if they are this pretty! Here I doubled the napkins for a lovely layered look of the orange with a pop of the blue at the end.
As you saw in my video tutorial last week – I love paper medallions and use them whenever I can! Here I couldn’t resist embellishing this one with a starfish pendant to continue my beachy theme.
I was in Target last week and one row that I always like to check out is their candle aisle. I love candles! They are affordable decor that add style, ambiance and a pretty scent to whatever space you use them in. When I saw this lovely bird I knew she’d be a perfect compliment to this scene so I happily bundled her into the cart for safe keeping. I think she’s perfect on this table, don’t you? I don’t have the heart to light her though – she’s so pretty I want her to last as long as possible!
I like the mix of the crackly pot my oranges are nestled into and the reflective mercury glass vase! Because they’re both a little distressed I they compliment each other nicely. I also like the different heights. They help to add visual interest, I think.
You can put almost anything under a glass dome and it instantly becomes treasured art in my opinion! Here I am displaying a favorite piece of faux coral. I like how the cloche adds height without bulk because you can see through it!
This antique cheese server – yes, it’s really for serving grated cheese! – was an awesome yard sale find!! I thought it was for serving cream or something but it also has a tiny little scoop and the owner explained it’s original intent to me. I don’t know that I’ll ever serve cheese in it but I sure love how it looks – even sitting around empty!
While I did add a few fresh flowers to this setting – both easily available at your local grocery store – it’s the oranges that really steal the show in my opinion! Here I combined navel oranges and clementines because I liked the mix of big & small shapes.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my aqua & orange table and maybe got an idea or two for creating your own! Do you have a favorite part? I’d love for you to tell me in the comments below!
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