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Dressing Up Your Table for Special Occasions
May 5, 2015 | By Liza Yaptinchay

Tweak Your Table
5 Fresh Ways to Dress Up Your Dinner Table



If you're planning on entertaining, your plain, same old breakfast table setting is going to have to go into hiding for the time being.


Having guests over is a special occasion and you will want to make a good first impression. Give your table a much-needed makeover with simple tweaks that are sure to make your gathering a success.


Remember, you don't have to buy new stuff or spend all day conceptualizing. Just look around, take stock, and see what you already have at home.


Aside from the usual color combination tricks you can use when picking out linens and dinnerware, here are some home items you can re-purpose for your dinner party.



1. Mirrors – For the base of your centerpiece or tablescape, use a mirror! Time to get the full-length mirror hanging on your bedroom wall and shake things up a bit!   Create a shabby-chic theme, antique theme, or modern theme with the mirrors you have around your home.


2. Accessories / Beaded Pieces  ( for Napkin Rings, Wine Glass Charms, Placemat)  - Add color to neutral linen with beaded pieces. Re-purpose your old shell bracelets from when you last went to Boracay. Re-purpose old bead necklaces that have just been hanging from hooks in your room.  Even old bead earring you have lost interest in can be re-fashioned! If you’re feeling crafty, jazz up your old placemats with some plastic beads and a glue gun.


3. Jars / Bottles / Glassware – A collection of jars and bottles can make a beautiful tablescape.  Look around; see what you have, and start experimenting with colors, different shapes, varying height. Jam jars, mason jars, wine bottles, perfume bottles, wine glasses… a series of them can look awesome.  Fill them up or keep them as is. It is entirely up to you.


4. Garden Pieces / Pieces of Wood / Rocks - Look to your garden and the outdoors for some tablescape inspiration. Instead of buying traditional candle stands, a nicely shaped piece of wood or large rock might just do the trick! Rocks, wood blocks, pebbles can all be part of your table décor. They go great with candles and plants!


5. Fruit / Veggies - If all else fails, and there is nothing you can re-purpose from your home, then fresh greenery, fruits, and veggies will always make a good impression!


Liza Yaptinchay is a full-time Mom, freelance writer and licensed Interior Designer.  She loves colors & design, crafting, and spending time with her two adorable kids.

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