Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday On A Serious Budget


I've seen a lot of beautiful table settings in Blogland, so beautiful at times I've been green with envy. But not green enough to go out and spend a small fortune on table settings, especially since I always try to invite at least thirty guest when I host a party. The more the merrier I say! Well Susan, of Between Naps On The Porch is the hostess of Tablescape Tuesday. I've really enjoyed looking at the different Tablescapes so I would like to share one of my own. (Cheap)

I'll start with a charger from Hobby Lobby for 1.87, paper and plastic plates, plastic cups, napkins, all from Party City, and cutlery from The Dollar Tree. Which are all good for a quick clean up.

Centerpiece - a candle holder, candle, glass beads, and pine sprigs from the Dollar Tree, and a candle ring from Big Lots.

Put together make for a table setting that's easy clean up, unbreakable, and quite pretty too.

So next time you want a no fuss, inexpensive, throw away, beautiful, table setting. Hop on down to the nearest Dollar Store and take your pick.

Very easy way to host a large party, and you never have to use the same settings. I can't wait to show you my settings and decorations for the Christmas party that the Savings Club I'm in will be having here in December. I used this table setting for a Fall atmosphere, when I had my club meeting early this month. I only set the large table and we really enjoyed ourselves.


I served Chili, with all the fixins, shredded Mexican cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, tortilla chips, Mexican cornbread, sour cream, buttermilk ranch dressing, and for desert Pat @ Back Porch Musing's recipe for Pumpkin casserole. Everything was so good!


Thanksgiving we're going to my husbands niece's house but, we will celebrate Christmas here at our house. Christmas is also my husbands birthday. Deb

34 comments:

squawmama said...

Dang girlfriend you beat me to it... it was funny... You know since we live in the motorhome all we ever use is paper plates and on a rare occasioon corelle ware... LOL I had told my girlfiend I was going to do a tablescape Tuesday with paper... LOL LOL Great Job!!! I loved it... Now we (you & I) can have disposeable Tablescape Tuesday... LOL Have a great one...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

PAT said...

Deb, I love it! It's beautiful and practical! And I thought I was doing pretty good with my $1 plates from Wallyworld! This is great.

Glenda said...

Love the coordination between the chargers and the plates. The colors play off of each other so well. Definitely says Fall to me.

Bo said...

Hi Deb...if you hadn't squealed on your "dishes" I'd never have known the difference from real...haha. Now this just goes to show that a table can be made pretty with a minimum of cost & a lot of creativity! Love it! ;-) Bo

KKJD1 said...

Very nice way to create a table setting that does not cost a fortune.Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Karen

Kindra said...

I love your table on a budget! You can't even tell! What is a savings club? Your parties/get-togethers always look like fun!!

Connie said...

I just love that, sweetpea!! I've always wanted to see a holiday table set with "throwaways"! Hah, certainly works for me. You can even find paper plates now in gorgeous colors and designs. I'm with ya, honey, NO MESS, NO STRESS!!!
Smooches,
Connie

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Deb you are so creative and practical, I learn a lot from you!

Your table looks so pretty!

ann said...

YES.I AGREE WITH BO,IF YOU HADN'T TOLD US,WE'D NEVER HAVE KNOWN.IT'S ALL LOVELY...ANN

Lana G! said...

Love - Love - Love this! I especially like the way you did the candles! What a great tablescape on a budget!

ellen b. said...

Hi Deb! Look at all those places you set. Looks like one of our Thanksgivings :0)
You did a great job on a budget for sure. Enjoy...

CIELO said...

Good morning.... just hopping from house to house from Susan's to see all the lovely tables... ;) So nice meeting you! Please visit the house in the roses for more Tablescape Tuesday!

cielo

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I have decided that this Christmas, as much as I love dishes, we are eating on paper plates for our big family dinner on Christmas Eve. I almost need a tissue.... I am/was that upset over the prospect! But it normally takes me at least a half a day to clean-up & our family has 4 birthdays the week of Christmas so it is especially hectic @ my house. Your pics have shown me that I don't have to give up on teh idea of a beautiful table...I just have to treat plastic & paper like china. ;o) Thanks!

Happy To Be said...

Deb...girl you are after my heart..I just told Nikki that matching paper plater with Solo cups are my really favorite things I use...and the Dollar tree how could any one not love it...my daughter is mamanger at ours so I go in once a week to see what they have and see her...now last week when my youngest daughter got married in the fall I made all center pieces from the Dollar tree and they turned out beautiful..Just loved your post today...Ooooh and thanks for coming by for tea today girl...hugs and smiles Gloria

Miss Janice said...

I love this post! There will be millions of people with a similar table setting this Thanksgiving. Lucky you--pick it all up and throw it away. Girl, I know that food will be delicious! I'm glad I found your blog and will be back later to read it all...

Shelia said...

Hi Deb! And it's so nice to meet you! I love what you've done with the paper and plastics - your table is really lovely! What a great clean up this will be!! Bo's right - your dishes look like 'real' dishes after you've set the table.
Thanks for coming to see my tablescape today.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Manuela said...

What a really good idea! It looks beautiful - great job!

Manuela

Kathleen Ellis said...

This just goes to show you can have a beautiful table with disposable dinnerware! The key is making it look as good as you did with the chargers and other embellishments! I use pretty printed paperware from time to time, too and "dress it up" with real chargers, stemware and napkin rings(sometimes those are just pretty ribbon tied around the napkin). You set a seriously pretty table on a serious budget!

Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comment!
Happy Thanksgiving!

salmagundi said...

I love my dishes, but sometimes the ease of paper plates just makes sense. Great job!! Sally

Risa said...

I just love your coffee table in your header, where'd you get it or who makes it. I'm looking for one just like it.

Love the blog!! :-)

ceekay said...

You know, I love the paper products and inexpensive items at the Dollar tree. Many a meal with my grandchildren are on good ole fashion paper plates and napkins!

laurie said...

Aren't you smart? What a pretty table you have set with paper and plastic. Love that throw away convenience. laurie

Liz said...

What an awesome idea! Sure makes clean up quick and easy. Your dinner sounds fun. And you have a beautiful table too!

~Liz~

Your banner is great. Your home must be beautiful!

Sweetie said...

Wow! Thanks for showing some more things from the Dollar Tree. Your tablescape is really great and you have a lot of ingenuity. With 32 for Thanksgiving dinner, I think I'll use your ideas. Thanks for a great post.
Sweetie

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Deb, You are talented! It looks gorgeous and I could never get that lucky with price. The plates are so pretty. My sis lives in B'mingham as well. :)
~Melissa

Carrie said...

Wonderful...your table looks great, and the cleanup must be really fast.
Sometimes we will set the table, but then use pretty paper plates on top of the china and/or nice paper napkins instead of the cloth ones, which stay in their napkin ring.

Deb said...

Thanks everyone for your very nice comments.

Susan said...

Deb...know one will be slaving over any sink washing dishes after your party! :-) Thanks for a fun Tablescape Tuesday post. Gotta love that dollar store...I've found some cute stuff there in the past...makes for a fun table.
Susan

Schotzy said...

Looks great!

Ruthie said...

That's a beautiful table! You really have a flair for decorating. It looks great - and the menu sounds yummy, too.

Smiles. Ruthie

nikkicrumpet said...

See now that is the kind of table I could set...well maybe not that well...but I love the whole paper plate and plastic cup idea!!! And it still looks pretty!

Sharon Rose said...

Hi there-I love your new header, very nice indeed! Hope you are keeping well too!

Becky said...

What a GREAT idea!! It's simple enough that maybe I could even do it! LOL!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This is such a good idea! I have seen some beautifully done tables with plastic and paper plates. That charger could be used in all seasons in many different ways! I love that not only does it all look beautiful, but clean up is so easy! Smart lady!

Kady