I knew that I definitely would use my gorgeous navy blue plates (The Blues, by Arabia of Finland). And I couldn't wait to finally showcase my fabulous mid-century barware...
(one of my all time favorite finds from a local antique store!) Could I mix in some cobalt blue pieces? No...they just did not look right with the navy. Something about these little gold tea light got me thinking. I have some chrysanthemum plates tucked in the back of a cabinet.
They're a bit orangey...but could they work? And much to my delight, they were just the ticket!
As much as I tried to using the gold chargers...again...they work perfectly with the gold in the runner. This time, I have used by blue plates as a layering piece, topped with a plain white plate and finished off with the beautiful salad plate. Wanting to work a bit more orange into the setting, I remembered these adorable little porcelain vases (Dansk) and decided to use them as placecards, filled with gorgeous orange gerbera daisies.
A simple paper tag tied on with a thin gold ribbon guides my guests to their special spot at the table. To accompany my gold tea lights,
and to give my table some height in the center, I pulled out my oh-so-verstatile candle holder (Crate & Barrel) and added some simple golden votives from Target!
A pretty gold garland with tiny orange berries woven underneath adds a last bit of sparkle. And so, my challenge has come to an end, and I must say, I really am rather fond of this table...
...and also my red and green and blue "not really my taste any more" table linens. Makes me wonder...what else do I have lying around that just needs some loving attention and a creative eye to become a beautiful tablescape?