I don’t know about you all, but I am pretty obsessed with home decor, I assume you all are as well which is why you are here. I am also obsessed with all of the inspiration online, people have the most beautiful ideas for their homes! One topic that always makes me ohhh and ahhh is tablescapes, they are so dang pretty. But, when you actually break them down there is a ton of details, smaller decorations and all of that adds up to an expensive tablescape. I had a girls night recently and set up a Simple coastal inspired tablescape.
This post was not a planned blog endeavor, I had the table all set up for my friends. My kids and Dale were out of the house for a fun evening out, the light was streaming in the windows, the music was playing and the whole space looked so pretty. I snapped some pictures because taking pictures of my home is now second nature to me. When you are a home decor blogger natural light streaming in a room is never wasted.
I had three girlfriends over, we laughed, gossiped, and had a wonderful time. Last week I came across these pictures and thought how nice and simple the table was. I realized this is what others might find inspiring too. Maybe coastal decor is not your thing, but setting up some pretty table decor without having to go crazy spending money or shopping is something anyone can relate to. I put this Simple coastal inspired tablescape by using what I already had! Which makes it insanely low maintenance to put together.
Let me break down the simplicity of this tablescape. I had these wood chargers, which add such a warm feel to the table. I set the plate on the charger then folded a turquoise napkin. Once that was done I placed a large shell on each napkin. I had two real shells and two silver shells. I staggered them to have one of each on each side of the table. Lastly I added the awesomely rustic stick silverware. I love that they feel like pure nature.
To make a table centerpiece the biggest thing to remember is size. Nothing is more annoying than having to look around a big decorations smack dab in the middle. I get that the tall centerpieces look amazing, and a big table full of beautiful decorations is so visually appealing. I decorate my home for the pretty aesthetics, but I also decorate my home to be enjoyed. This girls night in I hosted was for good conversation, so much laughter and face-face time with my girls. So I used a few lower items to sprinkle in the center of the table.
In the center layer a few items, with varying sizes. This will make the center feel decorated and not forgotten. I also like to tie in the color scheme with with place settings and the centerpiece. In this case it was rustic, nature, shells and blue. Which I have a ton of decorations to compliment these colors because they are so prevalent in my home.
That is something to always keep in mind. Decorating in a theme can be wonderful and fun. But have some staples for a tablescape that will always blend with your home. Then you can add a few extra items for a specific theme. I have these place settings and they flow with my nature themed home so well, they work from Winter into spring, summer and fall. I layer in the colors of each season without having to purchase new place settings for each season.
Keeping the table not too cluttered is nice too. Most dinner parties there will be appetizers set out, maybe multiple drinks, salad or even the complete food menu. Having a nice tablescape to greet people but then having to clear off half of it right away is not ideal. Which is why keeping it simple allows for the dinner party to flow, and even have the host enjoy the time!
My dining room went through a few nips and tucks, a mini makeover. I added the new cabinet, and rearranged the existing furniture. It did a world of difference in how the room functions. There is room for people to gather around, which is my goal. My home has been called casual and comfortable, which makes me so happy. Yes, I want it to look nice and put in a lot of effort for it to be that way. But ultimately I want my home to be welcoming, come in, put your feet up, get loud, let the kids run around, turn the music up and let’s make some wonderful memories. After all, we owe it to ourselves and to our home to truly live in it. Which is why this Simple coastal inspired tablescape was the perfect blend of decorated and functional. I could welcome my friends for fun, they felt welcome, and then we got down to relaxing with good food. Which I shared no pictures of, I am a home decor blogger, not a food one. I have zero skills in the kitchen and we had spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Even I can manage that. I can also manage a low maintenance tablescape fit for a evening in with my best girls!