and became the inspiration for this tables cape. With my newly repurposed blue jeans, I felt the rest of the table should feature items that I already had around the house. Of course the first things that came to mind were my favorite navy blue plates (The Blues by Arabia of Finland).
They are quite large, so I chose to use them as chargers. Time to pile on more blue.
Next came these blue dotted dinner plates for West Elm. Oh, how I wished I had some shabby chic salad plates to go with my scrappy runner, but nothing I had seemed quite right. I could make one exception...certainly the many vintage shops or antique stores around town would have the perfect plates. No luck again. Every so often, I like to make a quick loop around Home Goods...and look what I stumbled upon! OK, so they're reproductions....but exactly the look I was going for, and only $3.99.
I had hoped to finish my table setting with items I already had...but I really do love how these little toile plates contrast with my modern dotted plates. To keep my table from becoming too blue, I selected these tropical print napkins that I had sewn for another occasion. It just so happens that the same fabric appears here and there in my runner. I chose to use, and reuse, my mom's wedding silver...
...and I thing it looks just charming. Of course, blue glassware would be a perfect choice. I paired these gorgeous goblets,
with their gold stems and cobalt accents with my green footed, cobalt water glasses. Time to reuse my favorite centerpiece.
This time I filled the center with shiny blue glass pebbles and nestled tea light into them. For a bit of height, I also pulled out these chunky square glass candle holders...
...with navy blue tapers. Would I be able to find blue flowers? Must have been my lucky day. Whole Foods had these beautiful and huge hydrangeas.
I think of hydrangeas as an old-fashioned flower...which seemed to fit with my slightly mismatched theme...but I chose to show them off in this very modern ceramic vase (an art show find from many years ago). I couldn't be happier with this table.
Creating that runner was really a lot of fun. I'm already thinking about starting another one...pink and purple and linen perhaps. You'll just have to stay tuned! My mind is now focused on that big meal coming up soon. Of course, my mind is spinning...deciding how to set the table. Need some inspiration? I am sure the following parties are full of fabulous ideas, so please join me at...