Today – Let’s talk about how anything goes! Sometimes you just have to say, “I’m going to just do it, use what I have and mix it all up and see what happens.” In my experience, sometimes it’s a success and other times a total mess. The lesson to be learned here is that the more you go out on a limb the better story you will have to tell about your tablescape. Your creation will create a conversation for better or for worse. Taking a chance on things in life can sometimes be a bit scary, but at the same time, staying within what is considered normal or safe can often be boring.
Tablescapes have become an art form, yes you read that correctly, anytime you step out of the norm and what is expected to add something from your heart and change it up a bit, it is considered an art form. This can include anything from home decorating, outdoor landscaping, fashion, or poetry – whenever you are using your creative juices. Places like Pottery Barn and William Sonoma hire the best decorators to create their tablescapes before certain events or photo shoots. Think about it, if a high end decorator is hired to create a tablescape, it’s an art form! Therefore, you too are an artist when you are creating your tablescapes.
Forget the perfect pretty setting that you see in Better Homes and Garden and set yourself loose to get wild and be open minded to the fact that anything can go on your table. Any color can be mixed, nothing needs to match, use what you have in your house, go outside and get inspired by nature, get ribbon, or twine, allow yourself to have fun (or should I say force yourself to have fun). The easy way to do this is what Anthony Robbins says at his events… “Pretend you are the decorator that has been hired by Pottery barn and have fun with that pretending, you will be amazed at what happens.” Sounds kind of crazy but if Anthony Robbins suggests it, it’s worth a try!
For this tablescape, I mixed what I had during a move from one house to another. The dishes are from one of the Pioneer Woman’s many collections of dishes (she is on the food network and blogs about life on the ranch). Since there is a mix of colors in these dishes, anything goes! I went ot on a limb and really had fun – mixing flowers as napkin rings and a sarong as a tablecloth. The glasses are pink from easter and the candles are blue votives mixed with some votives from india. As I said, nothing actually goes together, but anything goes. It works because I decided not to care and to just have fun with what i had available to me that day.
Many times the glasses do not need to all match nor do the candles or napkins need to all match. This allows your guests to see that this is going to be a fun and casual dinner or lunch or just a fun evening. It takes the pressure off of the formality that sometimes people feel when they come to someone’s house for dinner.
For you next table I want you to be adventurous and create something bold, bright and beautiful! I chose something from the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook to celebrate those blue colorful dishes mixed with orange napkin holders, elephants on the table and all sorts of candles that do not match!! But it all came together and made for a fun festive evening.
Expect the unexpected and have a beautiful evening.
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I sure hope I’ve given you some ideas you can use
But mostly I hope my blog has been a happy place for you today.
And that later you find time in your busy schedule to stop yourself and simply dwell on the good moments that have happened in your day.