We don't have a formal dining space in our house. We eat in the same room off of the kitchen for every meal. But that doesn't mean that the table isn't dressed up a little more on occasion.
I like a simple style for most meals and use a lot of white dishware for every day use. But I have been imagining a setting with these transferware dishes which have been stacked in here catching my eye for a while now.
I have pulled out a few things to herald the month of August and the end of summer. Tarnished silver seems like more of a fall thing to me. And I love monograms all year 'round. You can see the reflection of a single lit candle in the silverware on this table.
The dinner plates have a harvest scene pictured. You can also see a different wagon and barn theme on the soup bowls shown in the first photo above.
This pattern can also be found around online in blue.
I chose an old faded tablecloth by Ralph Lauren for this setting that I found some time ago at a thrift store that someone had given up just when it was reaching its pale glory.
It seems to have all the colors of August to me.
I chose a lettered napkin that often makes its appearance on our table this time of year.
I am still wanting to keep things light despite the use of a bunch of dark silver and china as a theme. I always have pieces needing a polish within arms reach, so it is only a matter of grabbing a few things already at hand.
In place of the silver loving cups I saw on a recent magazine cover, I am using a handled creamer and sugar bowl instead. I collect the monogrammed ones, but in general silverplate creamers are easy and cheap to find. (Really cheap, actually.)
They make a nice party favor or "placecard," especially filled with something special to mark an occasion.
And of course you could always serve one of the courses from them, or have them hold a pretty napkin to dress up the table.
I often use taller or raised objects as a centerpiece on a tablescape. This one incorporates an antique ironstone cake stand.
A vintage wooden spoon and woven towel adds to the ambience.
A little silver teapot and matching china sugar bowl finishes things off.
I thought I would use some tiny old inherited souvenir spoons as a nod to summer travel. Do you have a few of these to put to use? They can be so interesting on a table.
Are you starting to think ahead a little too?
I hope you are also still enjoying the last licks of summer!