By the Sea Table Setting Ideas

This decorista is feeling the by the sea table setting ideas vibe.  For those of us who look for any opportunity to show off our tablescape chops, the summer entertaining season is opportunity supreme.

There’s something about the combination of a summer day into afternoon or evening, good friends, great food, and a table set in by the sea style.


Yes, social distancing will guide the guest list and seating arrangement, but hosting a summer soiree we will be.

This post has become packed like a beach bag with sources and suggestions, requiring it to be split into two by the sea place setting ideas parts.

If summer entertaining in coastal style is your thing, grab a cool beverage, get comfy, and settle in.

Before we set the table, let me set the scene:

An interesting article in Better Homes & Gardens highlights findings from the book Blue Mind by author and marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols.

Blue mind is the reflective and peaceful state experienced as result of being on, in, or by a body of water.  Research backs up the author’s theory of proving how being on, in, or by a body of water as in lake, river, sea or ocean bolsters happiness.

Replicating a day or evening at the coast, beach or seashore in the form of tablescape set with striking place settings and tablewares engages the senses of sight, touch, taste, and sound, promotes visual happiness, and gives those who love to set a gorgeous table a stylish dose of vitamin sea.


Architectural Digest

By the sea table setting ideas, indoor or alfresco, serve as a passport to dining adventures where the dining table top becomes an inspired canvas.

al fresco


Visually interesting, unexpected, and conversation worthy pieces in colors and patterns not typically associated with the tablescape theme at hand is a fun and fresh way to approach place settings and serving pieces.

From coastal casual to elegantly formal to whatever floats your by the sea boat, well-appointed table setting options remain the best friend of the entertaining decorista.

Mary Hannah Interiors beach style dining room

Mary Hannah Interiors

Let’s by the sea table set, shall we?

Seagrass Charger

Seagrass Charger

Placemats and chargers made of natural materials such as wicker, water hyacinth, sisal and seagrass are decorating chameleons, and by that I mean they adapt beautifully to the style situation they are in.

Woven Design Water Hyacinth Placemat SetRomilly Woven Everyday 19″ Placemat (Set of 4)

Sisal Leaf Placemat in Natural

Sisal Leaf Placemat in Natural

Park B. Smith 4-pc. Karur Jute Placemats SetPark B. Smith 4-pc. Karur Jute Placemats Set

Food Network™ Resin Wicker Charger PlateFood Network Resin Wicker Charger


Faux Wood Charger Plates

faux-wood-plate-chargerFaux Wood Charger Plates

Vintage Wood ChargerVintage Wood Charger

The Pottery Barn Shell-Rimmed Charger is a shell of a good charger inspiration for a by the sea place setting accent.


Shell-Rimmed Charger Plate

Pier 1 has this Shell Border Natural Charger ($17.99 + tax), however, still somewhat pricey when you need several to set the table.

Shell Border Natural Charger Plate

Shell Border Natural Charger Plate

I’m thinking a knock your sandals off knockoff DIY project option may be a stylish alternative.

shell diy charger

Woven chargers as well as plastic chargers in your choice of color create the canvas.

Lay out your choice of seashells to get the pattern and sizing right.

You may prefer the look of the shells placed at the edge of the charger, in one concentrated area of the charger, or covering the entire rim in an impressive mix and pattern.


Once you get the placement and look to your liking, go ahead and place a dinner plate on the charger to make sure there is another clearance between the edge of the plate and the shells.

Stack a salad plate atop the dinner plate to make sure it too clears the shells.

**A hot glue gun is just that, hot.  Use caution and protect your fingers.**

Using a hot glue gun, glue each shell to the charger.

Prepare to impress.

After all, isn’t that the point?


Pier 1 stores will be closing soon, and their Going Out of Business Sale is currently underway.

There’s no time like the present to add dinnerware, placemats, napkins, and chargers from the sale to your place settings inventory.

Blue & White Capiz Shell Charger Plate

Blue & White Capiz Shell Charger Plate

Beaded Aqua Round PlacematBeaded Aqua Round Placemat

Glitz Beaded Silver Placemat

Glitz Beaded Silver Placemat

Blue Embroidered PlacematBlue Embroidered Placemat

Food Network™ Solid Round Placemat 4-packFood Network™ Solid Round Placemat 4-pack

braided flower placematBraided Flower Placemat

Frank Pitman Designs coastal dining room

Frank Pitman Designs

Not all residential dining rooms or outdoor areas are lucky enough to come with an authentic by the sea view, but don’t let that detail impede the by the sea details.

Lacquer Square Charger Plate, Set of 6, Silver

Lacquer Square Charger Plate, Set of 6, Silver

Seashells are brimming with by the sea color, texture and pattern inspiration.


The distinctive colors, textures, and pattern play of the conch shell horn.



Tales and truths of lustrous pearls found at sea.

Casafina Dinner PlateCasafina Dinner Plate

Conch shell decorative

Amina Dinner PlateAmina Dinner Plate

Reactive Gray Dinnerware

Reactive Gray Dinnerware

I love the colors in the Amina dinner plate from Crate & Barrel as the palette is reminiscent of the colors found in seashells by the seashore.

shell palate

by the sea shell

You can spend a pretty penny on dinner plates, and understandably so in some settings, but when a stylish pattern or color is available on the shelves of the dollar store and gives a good look, why would you?

Royal Norfolk Turquoise Swirl Stoneware Dinner Plates

Royal Norfolk Turquoise Swirl Stoneware Dinner Plates

Affordable options such as the Royal Norfolk Turquoise Swirl Stoneware dinner plate make a solid style base to build your by the sea place setting upon.


Taormina Aqua Dinner Plate (Set of 6)by CASAFINA

decorative coral


Coastal Home Small Sea Urchin BowlCoastal Home Small Sea Urchin Bowl

Color choices need not be too matchy-matchy.

Contrast keeps things visually interesting.

Hand Painted Coral Embossed Glass Side Plate, Aqua, Set of 2Hand Painted Coral Embossed Glass Side Plate, Aqua, Set of 2

Bayless Salad PlateBayless Salad Plate

I like to color, texture, and pattern outside the lines of what traditionally identifies the coastal look.

Chapp Exotic Jungle 11" Dinner Plate (Set of 4)Chapp Exotic 11″ Dinner Plate (Set of 4)

Tinsley Scallop Shell 8" Salad or Dessert Plate (Set of 2)Tinsley Scallop Shell 8″ Salad or Dessert Plate (Set of 2)


Durrant Capiz Shell Decorative BowlDurrant Capiz Shell Decorative Bowl


VIETRI earth glass dinner plate

Vietri Earth Glass Dinner Plate


Firenza Coupe 10.5" Dinner PlateFirenza Coupe 10.5″ Dinner Plate Set of 6

Struthers 10.5" Glass Dinner Plate (Set of 12)Struthers 10.5″ Glass Dinner Plate (Set of 12)


Ruffled Gold Rim Salad Plates, Set of 4

Place setting accents and accessories in Louisiana Gulf Coast fashion incorporate the style of home.


Snowcreek 9" Salad Plate (Set of 4)Snowcreek 9″ Salad Plate (Set of 4)

Set of 4 Ballad mini bowlsSet of 4 Ballad Bowls

Giant Sea Turtle Fruit BowlGiant Sea Turtle Fruit Bowl

Cronk Duch Architecture beach style Jacksonville dining room

Cronk Duch Architecture

Blue and white with shades of gray.

Need I say more?

Royal Norfolk Classic White Round Stoneware Dinner Plates, 10.5 in.

Royal Norfolk Classic White Round Stoneware Dinner Plates, 10.5 in.

 IMPULSE! Fantasy Crystal Clear Small Salad Plates - Set of 6 IMPULSE! Fantasy Crystal Clear Small Salad Plates – Set of 6

Larissa Dessert PlateLarissa Plate

Round Deniz Flower Silver Glass Charger Plate

Round Deniz Flower Silver Glass Charger Plate

Maliyah 12 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Maliyah 12 Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4

Mercer Grey Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 8Mercer Grey Round Appetizer Plates, Set of 8


When I was sourcing items for this post, I could not get immediately happy with the placemat selections in the coastal category.

Much to my delight, I came across this Oisin Sea Creature placemat which set into motion a sourcing session with not your average by the sea place setting options in mind.

Oisin Sea Creature 19" Cotton Placemat (Set of 4)Oisin Sea Creature 19″ Cotton Placemat (Set of 4)


Royal Norfolk Classic Black Stoneware Dinner Plate, 10.5 in.

Amari Ceramic PlateAmari Ceramic Plate

Nippon Black Dessert Plate - LinesNippon Black Dessert Plate – Lines

Classic Stripe 4 Piece Bowl Set

Classic Stripe 4 Piece Bowl Set

St Tropez Salad PlateSt Tropez Salad Plate

Vietri Octopus salad plate

Vietri Marina Octopus Salad Plate

coastal place setting

Luxe Interiors +Design

Reef Gold Charger Plates Set of 4-1

aquarium decor coral ornament

Penzo Dinner Plate Feathers with gold rimPenzo Dinner Plate Feathers with Gold Rim

Rimmed Dinner Plate

Denby Dinnerware, Halo Wide Rimmed Dinner Plate

By the Sea Table Setting Ideas

Seaside Small Oyster 6.5″ Bread Plate (Set of 4)

Although a red, white, and blue palette is more closely associated with a nautical theme, it is 4th of July appropriate for a by the sea table setting.



Dansk Belgium & Parisian Dinner Plate

Dansk Belgium & Parisian Dinner Plate


Porto Plates in Ribeira Pattern

Noritake® Hanabi Salad Plates (Set of 4)Noritake® Hanabi  Plates (Set of 4)

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Gold leaf oyster shell salt and pepper cellars add a touch of unique by the sea elegance to the tabletop.


Gold Leaf Oyster Shell Salt and Pepper Cellars


Ocean Round Sculpted Dessert Plate

Maximillian Palmera II 6" Appetizer Plate (Set of 4)Maximillian Palmera II 6″ Appetizer Plate (Set of 4)

Seaside 8" Appetizer PlateSeaside 8″ Appetizer Plate

Shiraleah Assorted Fish Plates (Set of 4)Shiraleah Assorted Fish Plates (Set of 4)

As far as flatware patterns go, I’ve sourced several color, texture and pattern selections in various price points and styles.

Reed & Barton® Gloucester Shell 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

Reed & Barton® Gloucester Shell 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

Towle Living Abbott Gold Plated Forged 16-Piece Flatware Set

Towle Living Abbott Gold Plated Forged 16-Piece Flatware Set


20-Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service

Handmade Twist N Shout 20 Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set Service 4Handmade Twist N Shout 20 Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set Service 4

Espinoza 5 Piece Flatware SetEspinoza 5 Piece Flatware Set

Kashmira 20-Piece Antiqued Pewter Flatware SetKashmira 20-Piece Antiqued Pewter Flatware Set

Skandia Birch Mirror - 20 Piece Flatware Set, Service For 4Skandia Birch Mirror – 20 Piece Flatware Set, Service For 4

by the sea table setting ideasHouse Beautiful – Photo Björn Wallander


Global Amici Catalina Ombre Hobnail Pitcher Aqua
Charlton Home Beaded Carafe

384 Cosmos Water Bottle

  Blenko 384 Cosmos Water Bottle

Alba 12 oz. Drinking Glass (Set of 4)

Alba 12 oz. Drinking Glass


Montauk Sand Highball Tumbler, Set of 4
Bormioli Rocco Sorgente Water 10.25oz Set of 4 – Clear
Vidivi Diva Highball Glasses (Set of 6)

Libbey® Cobalt Blue Goblets 8 pc BoxLibbey® Cobalt Blue Goblets 8 pc Box

Vintage Glass Goblet Set of SixVintage Glass Goblet Set of Six

tortoise-shell-tumblersTortoise Shell Tumblers

Hive LA Home coastal beach dining roomHive LA Home

Bridgette Oval Capiz Shell bowll

Bridgette Oval Capiz Shell Bowls

Threshold Ashwood Round Serving Bowl Set 2-pc.

Threshold Ashwood Round Serving Bowl

Striped Rattan Wrapped Salad Servers (Set of 2)Striped Rattan Wrapped Salad Servers (Set of 2)


Still Teak Wood and Black Resin BowlTamarind Wood Server

2-PIECE SADYE RESIN SALAD SERVER SET2-Piece Sadye Resin Salad Server Set

Crofton Round Wood Coffee Table TrayCrofton Round Wood Tray



Seafood Shell Baking Dish

Acacia Wood 4-Piece Calabash Bowl SetAcacia Wood 4-Piece Calabash Bowl Set


Over and Back® Dune Marble Bowls in Brown/White (Set of 4)

Vintage fish plate sets, platters, and cutlery sets make such a pretty place setting.


Martha Stewart

On one of our treasure hunting trips over to Houston, Dave and I lucked up on an antiques shop specializing in English smalls (china, silver, decorative accessories).

fish set


I bought a divine service for 12 fish service with platter and a set of fish knives and forks for a phenomenal price.

We were big eBay sellers at the time, so listed they were.

Dave tried to convince me to keep the service, but I reasoned we would come across more of the same in our hunts.

We have, but not of the quality or the fabulous price.

Live and learn.

Limoges Fish Plates Vintage French Plate SetLimoges Fish Plates Set

Variegated colors.

Patterns and textures created by nature’s wonder.

Salt kissed air.

A symphony of sea waves.

Place settings, serveware, and tabletop accessories in a by the sea theme set a coastal scene and seen.

Next up in this By the Sea Table Setting Ideas series is serving pieces, table linens, a simple DIY project idea, and tabletop accessories.

Sea you then.

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Super Bowl Get Together Ideas

Super Bowl get together ideas buzz is all around.  Regardless if your favorite team is in or is out, as tradition dictates most of us will be joining in on the Super Bowl merriment from the comfort of home- the favorite party zone.

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Super Bowl get together ideas drive the ultimate game day excitement down the field.

Fan favorite food.

Halftime show performance showcases.

Commercials dripping in social media buzz and advertising gold.

My tried-and-true Super Bowl get together ideas entertaining formula consists of four quarter basic components:






Samsung - 2.1-Channel 300W Soundbar System with 6-1/2" Wireless Subwoofer - Black

Samsung 2.1 Soundbar with 320W Wireless Sub 

The next best thing to experiencing the sounds of the Super Bowl live and in person is watching the game in enhanced audio quality.

Samsung - Wireless Rear LoudspeakersSamsung – Wireless Rear Loudspeakers


Winston Wine Red Stationary Chair and Ottoman by Home Styles

Winston Wine Red Stationary Chair and Ottoman by Home Styles

Comfort factors into the game day experience, and comfortable seating options score big points with the crowd.


Greendale Home Fashions Ribbed Microfiber 20-inch Buff Square Floor PillowGreendale Home Fashions Ribbed Microfiber Square Floor Pillows

Safavieh Manchester Antiqued Brown Tufted Club ChairSafavieh Manchester Antiqued Brown Tufted Club Chair



Carlisle Wood Seat Backed Counter Stool
Kendall Metal Counter Height Stool with Wood Black/Cocoa Brown

saucer chair

Faux-Fur Saucer Chair


Pasargad Home Genuine Leather Paris Club ChairPasargad Home Genuine Leather Paris Club Chair

I’d rather spend my Super Bowl Sunday knee deep in the fun rather than in a stream of spilled food and drink.

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table Gold - Project 62Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table Gold – Project 62™

Cylinder drum accent tables placed in strategic areas in and around Dave the Builder’s man cave serve a stylish purpose by offering a place to sit one’s food and drink.

Defense Football Player

Defense Football Player

These bronze finish resin figurines from Hobby Lobby (don’t forget the 40% coupon) can be used over and over again which makes it a super affordable Super Bowl decorative accent.

Bronze QuarterbackBronze Quarterback

In this neck of the woods where mild winters allow magnolia trees, ligustrums, and your basic garden variety greenery to maintain color and growth, cuttings and clippings are readily available for  centerpiece arrangements.

Football Ceramic Sports Planter

Football Ceramic Sports Planter

The cuttings and clippings make a nice showing on their own, but really kick the look up a notch when mixed with a couple of fresh bouquets from the supermarket floral department.


A DIY Lombardi Trophy is a simple project to do with an equally simple item list.



Tapered bud vase.

tapered bud vase

Glue sticks and glue gun.

glue gun

Silver spray paint.

silver spray paint

Glue the football (angled) to the vase.  Allow to dry for at least one(1) hour.

Once the football is completely adhered to vase, spray paint your championship masterpiece with silver spray paint.

clear glass cylinder vase

Another inexpensive decoration involves glass cylinder container(s) from the dollar store.

Red Glitter Ball Filler

kraft Crinkle Cut Decorative Paper Shred

Fill the containers/vases with glitter balls and crinkle paper shreds in team-inspired colors.

red crinkle cut shredded paperTop it off with a football and there you go.

Wilson NFL Super Grip Composite Leather Game Football

Wilson NFL Super Grip Composite Leather Game Football

football centerpiece

It’s not how much it costs, but the wow factor it creates.


Black & White Striped Bottle Labels 24ctBlack & White Striped Bottle Labels 24ct

Black and white stripes bring to mind a referee uniform and make a great theme to decorate with.


coaches whistles

Dress up beverage bottles with these black and white striped bottle labels.


black and white ribbonBlack & White Ribbon

Pick up a pack of coaches/referee whistles for this next idea.

Black and White Variegated Polyester Cotton Blend Baker's TwineBlack and White Variegated Polyester Cotton Blend Baker’s Twine

Feed black and white striped ribbon or baker’s twine through the whistle ring and tie around the neck of the bottle.


Black and White Striped Popcorn Boxes

Black and white striped popcorn boxes and treat bags are a good call for serving popcorn, nuts, and party mixes.

Black White Stripes Party Favors Cello Bags

Dave the Builder and I love In-N-Out Burger.

In-N-Out Burger is always on the where to eat list when we go to Las Vegas or Dallas.

We go with the eating in the car option complete with lap mats and paper trays.


What better time copy the eating in the car concept than a Super Bowl party.paper food trays

Scrapbook paper is just the right size and design for lap mats, placemats and coasters.


Football Field Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

Football Textured Scrapbook PaperFootball Textured Scrapbook Paper


Footballs Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″

I like to buy items that easily fit with other occasions and themes.

Football Helmet Bottle Carrier

wine bottle carrier football helmet

Football Helmet Wine Bottle Carrier

Novelty Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener, Bulldog

Novelty Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener, Bulldog

Igloo 5-Gallon Heavy-Duty Beverage Cooler, OrangeIgloo 5-Gallon Heavy-Duty Beverage Cooler, Orange


Spiked the Ball Tea


1 gallon iced tea

1 gallon lemonade

1 750mL bottle honey whiskey



Combine the iced tea, lemonade, and whiskey in cooler and stir.  Add ice.

Always drink responsibly.


Big Party Pack Festive Green Paper Coffee Cups 40ctBig Party Pack Festive Green Paper Coffee Cups 40ct

This beauty fits in with the I love of all things copper theme.  I’m seriously considering adding it to the cart as a hostess gift to myself.

2gal Glass Modern Beverage Dispenser - Threshold™2gal Glass Modern Beverage Dispenser – Threshold™

These Dollar Tree party ware beverage glass solutions aka football shaped glass tumblers will carry you through the entire season.

Football-Shaped Glass TumblersFootball-Shaped Glass Tumblers

An artificial grass table runner can be used on Super Bowl Sunday as well as  springtime gatherings, Easter eggstravaganzas, and bridal showers.

Artificial Grass Table RunnerArtificial Grass Table Runner

From a drop by the supermarket spread made for good times and gathering friends to an instant pot-slow cooker feast, easy yet impressive dishes make a taste touchdown.


The recipe for Instant Pot shrimp boil from Damn Delicious is what

Click here for the recipe.

The idea behind the Super Bowl party nosh is to pair good times with good eats.

Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese BallJalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball Recipe from Peas and Crayons

Clocking time in the kitchen preparing complicated snacks takes you away from the play-by-play action.

Easy is the game plan, so let’s take a look at easy recipes.

Top Shelf Living Missouri Slate Cheese BoardTop Shelf Living Missouri Slate Cheese Board

The ever popular cheese platter and charcuterie board goes into the Super Bowl snack hall of fame.


Variety is the spice of life and the rule of the cheese charcuterie board.  Work with what is available, on sale, and in season.

Here’s the items that make the tray.

One sharp, one mild, one soft, and one blue cheese.

Next, I select a trio of in season fresh fruits such as grapes, dates, berries, and apples.  Dried apricots and dried cranberries round out the category.

If I have good olives on hand I’ll add them to the tray.  Pepperoncinis complement well, too.

Creole pecans and mixed nuts bring the kick and the crunch.

Fig preserves, honey, and bacon pepper jam are my jam.

An assortment of crackers and breads of your preference.

Prosciutto and smoked turkey (house favorites).

Wood Cow 2 Piece Cheese Board & Platter Set

Wood Cow 2 Piece Cheese Board & Platter Set

Oversized Carved Wood Tray - Hearth & Hand™ with MagnoliaOversized Carved Wood Tray – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Dip is the official unofficial food of the Super Bowl soiree.

Four quarters.

Four dip recipes.


Copycat Chili’s Queso (Slow Cooker Version) from Creme de la Crumb is a Super Bowl appetizer tour de force.

This baby is easy, slow cooker easy, and a crowd pleaser.

Click here for the recipe.

Best Ever Cheesy Pizza Dip

Football and pizza is a natural pairing, and this Best Ever Cheesy Pizza dip from Jen at Yummy Healthy Easy is exactly that.

Recipe is here.

Super Bread Bowl Dip

A football shaped bread bowl full of dip.

Need I say more?

Click on the link for the how to make instructions and Kale-Artichoke Dip recipe.

Baked Kale Artichoke Dip Recipe from Delish

Slow-Cooker Boursin Spinach-Artichoke Dip

If one is good, two is better.

Spinach and artichoke star in this Slow-Cooker Boursin Spinach-Artichoke Dip making it a 5 star-4 quarters dip champion.

Click on the link for the recipe.

Slow-Cooker Boursin Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Did someone say wings?

Big Boss 16 Quart 1300-Watt Oil-less Air Fryer & Tabletop Convection Oven

Air fryer madness is sweeping the kitchen nation, and if you’ve got one you know why.

I call cooking/frying food in an air fryer a healthy compromise without any compromise at all.

Food cooks with less fat, faster than traditional methods, is not limited to frying (grills, roasts, bakes), and the best feature- no oil!

This alternative to traditional frying takes countertop kitchen appliance must have to the next super easy to use with super delicious results level.


Delish – Photo by Parker Feierbach 

Our niece swears by this Best Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe from Delish.

Upon her rave review and Super Bowl get-together ideas suggestion, I’m including it for your recipes consideration.  Click the link for the recipe.

Best Air Fryer Fried Chicken


It’s not a Super Bowl party in Louisiana without a pot of Chicken and Sausage Gumbo.


It’s Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana, and King Cakes are everywhere.

We’re loaded up on them for Super Bowl I could go for something sweet Sunday.

Wild Sports Football Field Tailgate Toss Cornhole SetWild Sports Football Field Tailgate Toss Cornhole Set

The games people play pre and post game keep the party going.

Super Bowl squares is our favorite!

football brackets score game

Described as a family game for anyone that has ever seen a movie, the Blockbuster Party Game looks like fun.

The Blockbuster Party GameThe Blockbuster Party Game

Who doesn’t love the how many chocolate footballs in the jar game.

palmer footballs

Palmer Chocolate Footballs 450ct

Whatever works for you works best for your Super Bowl get together.

That’s the winning point of these Super Bowl get together ideas.

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Home Bar Styling Ideas

Home bar styling ideas reach beyond a portable card table or kitchen countertop.

Jenn Feldman DesignsJenn Feldman Designs

A home bar serves up more than just cocktails when the spirits, wine, glassware, decor finds and beverage accouterments are stylishly displayed on a bar cart, accent cabinet or table, bookshelf, inside a media cabinet,  antique armoire, or atop a mid-century modern credenza.

gold mirrored media bat cabinet

House Beautiful

The mix and the marvel is in details, proportion and placement.

Silverwing Interiors

Silverwing Interiors

Styling a home bar works off the same principle applied to styling a coffee table.

styled-blue-bar-cart-blakely interior design

Blakely Interior Design

X marks the center spot which is the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34"x34"

Metal Mirror 2-Tier Bar Cart, 34″x34″

The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow and engage the eye.

Emma J Shipley Des Animaux Coaster

Accessorizing the bar cart, cabinet, tray, or tabletop proves an entertaining and easy endeavor when you have a theme to build upon.

Play it up with whimsical finds and unique additions.

Ginger Barber Interior DesignGinger Barber Interior Design

Tudor Rattan Ice Bucket

Tudor Rattan Ice Bucket

Cape Coral Collection Shell Vase Utensil HolderCape Coral Collection Shell Vase Utensil Holder

Pelican Coastal Table LampPelican 38.5″ Coastal Table Lamp

Fresca Fish Glass By Anthropologie in ClearFresca Fish Glass By Anthropologie in Clear

Hand-painted shell motif platesHand-painted Shell Design Plates


Take the party and the home bar styling ideas outside.

Silver Hammered Beverage Tub

Silver Hammered Beverage Tub

a-weathered-sea-captainA Weathered Sea Captain Oil Painting Reproduction Print

1940s Vintage Lobster Dish1940s Vintage Lobster Dish

Tea Towel with Lobster Motif

Tea Towel with Lobster Motif

A vintage lobster dish makes a great dish for cocktail garnishes, stirrers, or nuts.

McKenzie Anchor Ice Bucket

McKenzie Anchor Ice Bucket


House Beautiful

19th Century French Empire Antique Mahogany Commode

19th Century French Empire Antique Mahogany Commode

1900s Art Nouveau Cranberry & Gold Flash Glass Pitcher "Delaware" by Us Glass Art Nouveau Cranberry & Gold Flash Glass Pitcher “Delaware” by Us Glass

Dublin Triangle DecanterDublin Triangle Decanter

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Amanda Reynal Interiors

Goldinger-Dublin-gobletGodinger Dublin Goblet – Set of 4

Handmade Blown Glass Blue Blossoms Glasses Set of 6 Handmade Blown Glass Blue Blossoms Glasses Set of 6

You can’t go wrong with classic blue and white porcelain vases and accents.

Plum Blossom Ginger Jar Plum Blossom Ginger Jar

Penelope blue and white table lamp

Penelope 22″ Chinoiserie Table Lamp, Blue/White, Set of 2

The secret to successful entertaining is creating an ambiance of effortless elegance.

foyer-bar Martha Stewart – Photography by Paul Costello

This image exemplifies just that as the simple yet elegant touches set the tone and the style for an evening of sips and toasts.

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Dorset Toasting Flutes, Set of 2

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

Gold Rim Coupe Glasses

chinoiserie-home-barHouse Beautiful

Faron Console - Distressed Copper Base

Faron Console – Distressed Copper Base

Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral Ellis Art Print 23 Beautiful Antique Sea Ocean Red Coral



Viv All Purpose Big Wine Glasses, Set of 8

red-lacquer-trayRed Rectangular Lacquer Serving Tray


Red Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused FlakesRed Murano Glass Bowl w/ Infused Flakes


Rue Magazine

Vintage Stieff Historic Newport Decanter Tags - Set of 4


Antique Silver Sentiment PitcherAntique Silver Sentiment Pitcher

Garnish your home bar with a hint of whimsical.

Ezra Brooks Whiskey Bear decanter

Sterling Sage

Mix and mingle classic accents and barware essentials with modern with vintage, metals, colors, textures, and patterns.


Cocktail stirrers, straws, mixology tools and accessories house well in vintage candy dishes.




Dolly Parton Framed Canvas PrintDolly Parton Framed Canvas Print

Stunning glassware and decanters cut heavy with style and pattern.

cranberry glass decantersEBTH

Fabulous, fun, and funky accents and accessories.

What On Earth Great Places Arc De Triomphe Table LampWhat On Earth Great Places Arc De Triomphe Table Lamp

A conversation piece.

I use my vintage Antoine’s creamer as a jigger which never fails to start the “where did you get this?” conversation.

Antoine vintage creamer

This is the way we make a stylish bar cart.

Golden Square Bar CartGolden Square Bar Cart

Console, cabinet, chest, or cart- cheers to the glamorously chic home bar, stylish and responsible entertaining and the holiday sip and social season.


Colville Bar CartColville Bar Cart

Rondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. DecanterRondo Crystal Whiskey/Liquor Rectangular 25 oz. Decanter


Real Simple

Pryce Gold Rocks GlassPryce Gold Glassware

vintage-heisey-gold-accent-candy-dishVintage Heisey Paneled 22 kt Gold Accent Candy Dish

neo-classical-Traditional-HomeTraditional Home on Pinterest


Lagasse Bar CartLagasse Bar Cart


Duggins DecanterDuggins Decanter


Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Anchor Hocking Fairfield Green Glass Pedestal Bowl

Making spirits bright this holiday social season starts with the well-appointed home bar.

Holiday-Happy-Hour-Bar-cartHouse & Home

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

Melania 9 oz. Stemmed Wine Glass

toasting cocktails

Better Homes & Gardens

Pimpernel Macarons Set of 6 Coasters

Pimpernel Macarons Set of 6 Coasters

allison elebash interior designAllison Elebash Interior Design

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Tadcaster Bar Cart

Set of 6 Exquisite Bohemian Crystal Style Cut Czech Drinking Rock Glass Cups Tumbler SetSet of 6 Bohemian Crystal Style Cut Czech Tumbler Set

The essential pop of color welcomes style home.

gentlemens bar cartSouthern Living



Poulan Tray Bar Cart

Poulon Tray Bar


Cast Aluminum Wine Cooler

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

Rattan Rectangular Tray with Rounded Corners and Cutout Handles

S/6 Whiskey Neat Note CardsSet of 6 Whiskey Neat Note Cards – Lana’s Shop

In Spirits of the Holiday Style-


Domino – Photography by Cassandra Monroe

Thorold 2 Door Square Accent CabinetThorold 2 Door Square Accent Cabinet


Gold Sitting Deer Looking Right


gold swan cocktail picks

Gold Swan Cocktail Picks

White Stoneware Plates with Gold Rims, 8 in.

White Stoneware Plates with Gold Rims, 8 in.

Large Gold Hammered Serving TrayLarge Gold Hammered Serving Tray

Viski Raye Cocktail Glasses Gin & Tonic Cups, Clear, Set of 2

Majestic Gifts Inc. S/6 Glass Highball TumblersMajestic Gifts Inc. S/6 Glass Highball Tumblers

Wilshire Decanter, Red

Wilshire Decanter, Red

Snacks go well with seasonal cocktails, and the clear candy kiss dishes house nuts, pretzels, etc… in holiday fashion.

bar mix

Snacks go well with seasonal cocktails, and the clear candy kiss dishes house nuts, pretzels, etc… in holiday fashion.

 Candy Dish Collection from Godinger Candy Dish Collection from Godinger

festive bar cartSouthern Living – Photography by Kat Teutsch / Big Leo

dark magnolia wreath


Holiday Gatherings Tartan Plaid Appetizer Plates Set of 4   4pk Porcelain Wexford Dinner PlatesMetallic Stripes Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4Metallic Stripes Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4

mint julep cups set


bar menu mirror Southern Living

faux boxwood garlandBoxwood Garland

HomArt - Long Match Box Set of 2 - Oh, Christmas Tree - Gold Foil - GreenHomArt – Long Match Box Set of 2 – Oh, Christmas Tree 

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Britta Optic 3-Gallon Punch Bowl

Dollar store nickel-plated serving trays make a lovely presentation and prove budget-friendly.


I use these trays for everything from serving trays to cocktail napkin holders to coasters.

waiting-on-martha-bar-trayWaiting on Martha


crystal-cut-glass-bowl-honeysuckleRoyal Brierley Honeysuckle Crystal Bowl

The art of farmhouse style courtesy of casually elegant pieces.

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Cattle Graze I Hand Embellished Canvas Art Print

Henriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar CabinetHenriksen Coastal Inspired 2 Door Bar Cabinet

Standing Squirrel Nut BowlStanding Squirrel Nut Bowl

Gildan 2 Door Accent CabinetGildan 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Torched Copper Ice BucketTorched Copper Ice Bucket

Antiqued Copper-Finish Shaker & JiggerAntiqued Copper-Finish Shaker & Jigger

Tuscany Classics - Whiskey 3pc SetTuscany Classics – Whiskey 3pc Set

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Prosper Iron Round Accent Tray

Super cute idea for a farmhouse style home bar shot glass or jigger.

Pewter Cow Creamer

Pewter Cow Creamer


Home Bar FYI:

Shot glasses range in size from 1 to 1¼  to 1½ ounces.

A pony shot equals 1 fluid ounce.

A jigger equals 1½ fluid ounces.

industrial style home barSlesinski Design Group, Inc.

pinecone-base-lucite-lampPine Cone and Crystal Table Lamp

stag-cocktail-shakerStag Cocktail Shaker

Lenox Antler DecanterLenox Antler Decanter

bar-cart-lucite-chair-leopardBliss at Home – Bloglovin’


Ardsley Acrylic Klismos Upholstered Chair

Leopard Accent Plates - Set of 4Leopard Accent Plates – Set of 4

cheetah print napkin

Cheetah Print Napkin

leopard lumbar pillow coverLeopard Lumbar Pillow Cover



Regency Eagle Bevel Mirror

brass-bar-cart-stockedBetter Homes and Gardens

Molly+Martini+Bar+CartMolly Bar Cart

Springhill Traditional Carved 2 Door Accent CabinetSpringhill Traditional Carved 2 Door Accent Cabinet


Jax Double Old Fashion - Set of 4Jax Double Old Fashion – Set of 4


American Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter CarafeAmerican Brilliant Period Water Wine Liquor Decanter Carafe

Badash Crystal Chelsea Ice BucketBadash Crystal Chelsea Ice Bucket


bert the peacock gold spoon restBert the Peacock Gold Spoon Rest


Suave Glass Pitcher  ||  Twirl Decanter  ||  Odette Handcut Glass Decanter

Louisiana lagniappe reflects a sense of home state home which reflects a sense of my personal style.

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table

Stainless Steel Leather Console Table


arthur-court-ice-scoopArthur Court Alligator Ice Scoop


Arthur Court Alligator Pilsner Glasses

Set of Two Alligator BookendsSet of Two Alligator Bookends

croco ice bucketCroco Ice Bucket

Southern entertaining and the home bar go together like Tabasco and tomato juice.

holiday-home-bar-outdoor-entertainingSouthern Living

Take the home bar styling ideas outdoors.

Cocktails on the front or the back porch strike a chord of Southern charm.

I love how a bit of imagine results in an outdoor grill becoming a Bloody Mary bar accessorized with vintage serving pieces of silver, crystal, pottery, and porcelain.


Bali Collection Glass Carafe,  All Natural Handwoven Rattan Wrapping

Sea Grass Sleeve Tumblers

Sea Grass Sleeve Tumblers


Libbey Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers circa 1968

Southern Comfort Set of Four 22K Gold and Aqua Riverboat Highball Tumblers

vintage gold setter ash tray 1

Vintage Irish SETTER Bronze Dog Plaque Ash Tray Sculpture

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash

Cane Mixing Bowl by Mason Cash


Gold+Accent+TraySilver Accent Tray


Glitter Guide

A Mardi Gras mambo always adds Louisiana style to the mix and the mingle.

Louisiana bar themed accessories


Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Macdougal Gold Accent Tray

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass - Green - Large

Giada Acrylic Wine Glass – Green – Large

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses

Vintage Culver Mardi Gras Jester Glasses 

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses

Grassingt Clear 14 oz. Acrylic Every Day Glasses


Glass “Elixir” Bottle


Craine Fleur-Di-Lis 8″ Salad Plate (Set of 4)

Swint+Appetizer+Plate Swint 6.5″ Appetizer Plate (Set of 4)

A candle holder is a stirrer holder is a candy dish is a …


Vintage Gold Crown Candle HolderVintage Gold Crown Candle Holder



Everything old is new and in style again.

Breene 2 Door Accent CabinetBreene 2 Door Accent Cabinet

Jack Nicholson @ China Town Framed PrintJack Nicholson @ China Town Framed Print

Mayton 17" Table Lamp

Mayton 17″ Table Lamp

Zhori-Midcentury-Modern-bar-cartZhori Midcentury Modern Bar Cart – Holly & Martin

Marq burl wood trays

Marq Burl Wood Trays 

Man Walks Coasters

Man Walks Coasters


Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses

Drake Metallic Double Old-Fashioned Glasses


burl-wood-rectangular-trayBurl Wood Rectangular Tray


Mid Century Orange Party Bowl

Mid Century Orange Party Bowl


franklin-double-old-fashioned-glassFranklin Double Old-Fashioned Glass

Lion Wine Bottle HolderLion Wine Bottle Holder

Cocktails and conversation take place around unique home bar pieces.

Steven Sclaroff

Steven Sclaroff


Radius Decanter

Hendrick+InteriorsHendrick Interiors


Godinger Airplane Glass Snifter

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set

Airplane 5 Piece Bartool Set


Brixton 12-Ounce Rocks Glass

Brixton 12-Ounce Rocks Glass

Harrison Round TrayHarrison Round Tray



Steady-Temp 8 oz. Martini GlassSteady-Temp 8 oz. Martini Glass

pointdexter silver cocktail picks with hat set of 6

Pointdexter Silver Cocktail Stirrers

Before many of us became smarter and healthier and the laws of the land changed, the ash tray was part of the cocktail bar landscape.

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Vintage Military Hats Ashtray

Mid Century Ceramic Shoe Ashtray

Mid Century Ceramic Shoe Ashtray

A vintage ash tray repurposed as a cocktail spoon or stirrer holder makes a great conversation piece.

Joker Horse Shot GlassJoker Horse Shot Glass


I gifted our nephew the Godinger Rabbit Head Bottle Opener for Christmas, and was so impressed with it I ordered one for the Places In The Home home bar.

Rabbit Head Bottle OpenerRabbit Head Bottle Opener

Hammered Candy Nut BowlHammered Candy / Nut Bowl

stovetop sugar free candied nuts Stovetop Sugar Free Candied Nuts 

Entertain these home bar styling ideas for a finished result that’s one part glamour, one part personal style, and one part fabulous now being served.

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A Gouda Idea: Fall Entertaining

Those of you who are in fall entertaining, pumpkin, color, sweater, and comfy throw heaven, please do share, show, and tell with us what fall looks like in your corner of the world.

hey there pumpkin welcome mat

Hey There Pumpkin Welcome Mat

Our Canadian snowbird son called home this past Saturday to show and tell what fall looks like in his corner of the world.

He and his lovely wife were welcoming several friends in for an evening of fall entertaining featuring fireside cocktails and fall themed food and drink.


We discussed what cocktails and dishes would be served, the fall decor touches his bride was adding to the mantel, how good of an idea it was for his mom to suggest a first fire of the season to warm up both home and hearth, and at the moment it just happened to be snowing.


Louisiana temperatures can’t see fit to drop below 83 degrees with 98% humidity.

Meanwhile, the Canadian snowbird is not only enjoying fall, but winter to boot (or should I say aboot).


Cool, crisp, and cold weather signals it’s time to pull out the blankets and throws, start a fire in the fireplace, bedeck the abode to fit the season, and invite friends over to gather together for a it’s fall y’all celebration.

fall entertaining

Part of the fun of entertaining is coming up with festive and creative ways to put a festive spin on the presentation of drinks, snacks, entrées, sides, and desserts.

all-party-pumpkin-chip-holderBetter Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens shows how using a hallowed-out pumpkin lined with a fall themed kitchen towel as a serving bowl for chips brings the fall harvest serving A game to the table.


fall entertaining

Better Homes & Gardens

Apples and cheese make tasty pairing partners, and these appetizing apple-shape cheese are so simple to make.

Begin by rolling your favorite choice of soft cheese into a ball.

Coat the cheese in smoky paprika, finely crushed pecans or walnuts, minced fresh herbs, or crushed gingersnaps.

Press the top of the ball to create a spot for the stem.

Finish the “apple” by inserting a branch with leaves or a pretzel, bread, or cinnamon stick paired with a bay leaf to create a stem completing the apple look.

Silea Cheese Markers - Set of 6

Vintage Silver Plated French Silea Cheese Markers

 Rustic Farmhouse: Rounded Cheese Board & Knife Set

Fall, winter, spring or summer- farmhouse chic is a Gouda look.

It’s Pumpkin Time

pumpkins fall arrangment

My daughter-in-law is a loyal Michaels Stores shopper whereas her mother-in-law spreads the loyalty around in the name of the best deal.

This past Sunday, I lucked up on a super Sunday sale at our local JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores.

Wooden Slice Cake Stand

Place & Time Fall Harvest Wooden Slice Cake Stand

I’m stocked and ready to fall to Thanksgiving tablescape.


Several fall decorating-entertaining-tablescapes show and tell emails between the two of us garnered ideas and inspiration across the miles.

She suggested I take a look at the fall into Thanksgiving themed pillow covers available from

The grateful and the autumn pillow covers are on the way, and I can’t wait to see how the pillow covers in real fall decorating time will complete the look I have in mind.

I suggested she print and frame this lovely colorful fall printable from Refresh Restyle as fall favors for her guests.

The link to the free printable is provided under the image.


Colorful Fall Printable from Refresh Restyle

Our favorite time of the year season easily inspires a celebration.

Fall entertaining is a crisp breeze when good ideas, finds, and friends come together.

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State Dinner at the White House (Now with Updated Videos)

Company’s coming to a State Dinner at the White House.

As the White House welcomes President Emmanuel Macron and Mrs. Brigitte Macron of France for the first state visit of the Trump administration, the dining, dishes (china and cuisine) and decorating details intrigue me.

The White House released the details of the State Dinner complete with china settings, color scheme, and menu selections, and I do color myself impressed by it all.

Let me assure you this post is apolitical in nature, opinion and content.  Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton will be referenced, but only in terms of presidential china patterns, a State Dining Room renovation and the present First Lady’s attention to detail selections for the State Dinner.

Months of preparation, tasting, placing, selecting, and practice makes perfect pays off in a grand and regal way.

Dinner (see menu below) will be served in the State Dining Room.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the renovated State Dining Room in 2015, and the room is well-appointed in an updated color palette of light and peacock blue, ecru and various shades of white.


Gold accents and accessories lend  a new traditional tone while the look of the dining armchairs and side chairs emulate similar design traits of dining chairs designed by Georgetown cabinetmaker William King, Jr. in 1818 for President James Monroe.

The dining table and chairs will be removed and replaced with skirted round tables and gold Napoleon Chiavari chairs- ten to the table.


A color scheme of cream and gold takes the predominant palette lead.


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Spring colors of green and white will be represented by the green color palette detailed in the Bush china and spring green and white flower centerpieces and arrangements placed on the fireplace mantle flanking the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.


American Silver from the White House Collection and pieces from the Vermeil collection from Tiffany & Co. and S. Kirk & Sons will complete the place setting and tabletop presentation.


Tiffany & Co. 18K Gold Flatware Set

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

Rosenthal Meets Versace Gala Prestige White Wine Glass

I would love to show actual sneak peek images of the place settings for the state dinner, but those pesky copyright laws do get in the way of that idea.  For that reason some of the images in this posting are in the style of interpretations of the actual pieces.

clinton china pattern

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The large gold rimmed plate from the Clinton Service will serve as the baseplate.  Pieces from both the Bush and Clinton service will complete the dinner service.


Tiffany & Co. Gold Over Sterling Silver Candlesticks, Reproduction After Fenton & Creswick, Sheffield, 1762 – 12″


A trio of gold candlesticks will be placed on most of the guest tables while the tables towards the front of the State Dining Room will have a centerpiece candelabra carrying the desired look of elegance that is befitting such a stately occasion throughout the State Dining Room.


The Bush Service ~ Architectural Digest

Cherry blossom branches grown in the United States and placed in black urns atop pedestals will line The Cross Hall.


Cherry Blossoms ~ Washington, D.C. 

Decorative urn


Grand hall White House

First Lady Melania Trump ~ Facebook

More than 2,500 white sweet peas stems will share the fragrant spotlight with approximately 1,000 stems of white lilac in the State Dining Room.


Sweet Pea White Supreme

Stephanotis vines from California along with a variety of mixed garden flowers will be featured in the parlors.

Manet, Edouard - Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

Edouard Manet ~ Lilacs In A Vase, c.1882

The menu for the State Dinner is a mélange of America’s dishes and traditions deliciously seasoned with flavor hints of French influences.

First Course:

Goat Cheese Gateau
Tomato Jam
Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles
Young Variegated Lettuces

Main Course:

Rack of Spring Lamb
Burnt Cipollini Soubise
Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya


Nectarine Tart
Crème Fraîche Ice Cream


USA Today has shared the following video on their Facebook page.  I am thrilled to share it with you all, and may I just say the room is stunning!

New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial this year.  New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, and remained a French ruled city until 1763, when the city was taken over by the Spanish.  In 1803 the French took back control of New Orleans, and in the same year sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase.


The French influence runs deep throughout the city of New Orleans as well as the whole of Louisiana as seen in its historic homes, notable architecture, and regional dishes.

state dinner

The c’est si bon taste of Louisiana and the French-infused heritage of New Orleans will be  well represented at tonight’s State Dinner.  Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles, Tomato Jam, and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya tempt the Southern, French and Creole taste of Louisiana.   White House Executive Chef, Christeta Comerford, will prepare the main course of Rack of Spring Lamb and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya in a true New Orleans seasoning tradition.  The dishes will feature the spice trio Cajun trinity of celery, peppers, and onions, and will be spiced with herbs from the South Lawn.

C’est si bon!

Domaine Serene Chardonnay “Evenstad Reserve” 2015, Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir “Laurène” 2014, and  Schramsberg Demi-Sec “Crémant” will be served.  Selected to complement, these wines emphasize tradition, provenance and the historic friendship between the United States and France will pair well with the menu.

white house

The White House

From a state dinner at the White House to a dinner soirée at your house, attention to detail and good taste influence the selections we make when we entertain.   An impressive presentation with the accent mark on attention to detail never fails to make a lasting impression.

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Chinoiserie Themed Tablescape

The first four letters of the word epicurean spell epic, and epic is what this Chinoiserie themed tablescape feature has turned out to be.

Color, pattern and texture sets quite the impressive Chinoiserie themed tablescape.

Believing and adhering to the notion we eat first with our eyes, the visual appetizer is the tasteful first course of a palatable dining experience.



noun, plural chinoiseries

1.  a style of ornamentation current chiefly in the 18th century in Europe,
characterized by intricate patterns and an extensive use of motifs identified as Chinese.

2.  an object decorated in this style or an example of this style: The clock was an interesting chinoiserie.

Chinoiserie themed tablescape


The lines and color palette of Chinese and East Asian influenced dinnerware and decorative accessories create beautifully Chinoiserie themed tablescapes.

The retail selections available make it easy to set your table as Chinoiserie chic casual or formal as you wish.


Rosser 12″ Charger – Set of 4


Bordallo Pinheiro Vista Alegre Tropical Charger Plates (Set of 2)


Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Dinner Plates in Beige – Set of 4

Jacqueline-dinnerware Jacqueline Salad Plate~ Set of 4

Si- Kiang-Cocktail-Plate

Si Kiang Cocktail Plate


Aveline Double Old Fashioned Glass

Three Star Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo Wine Glasses in Amber (Set of 6)

Three Star Cristalleria Fratelli Fumo Wine Glasses in Amber (Set of 6)

Color, Pattern, Texture Options:


Echo Design Parvani 52-Inch Square Tablecloth

I own this table runner and I love it!  The design is versatile and the quality is exceptional.


Sherry Kline China Art Table Runner 


Options make the decorating world go round.

East of the Moon Cinnabar

East of the Moon Cinnabar


Bed Bath & Beyond Beaded Placemat in Jute/Coral


Matte Golden Beaded Square Placemat


Chinese Bowl on Teakwood Stand

Cambridge Silversmiths 20-Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service

Cambridge Silversmiths 20-Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service

Leopard love it and the Chinoiserie themed tablescape – an excellent pull from one to complement another choice.


Desert Leopard Plate (Set of 4)


Animal Print 8 oz Martini Glass

geometric print napkin

Geometric Design Dinner Napkin


Traditional Home

Gien Set of 4 Jardins Canape Plates

Gien Set of 4 Jardins Canape Plates

Christian Lacroix Sol y Sombra Dessert Plate

Christian Lacroix Sol y Sombra Dessert Plate

Ricci Argentieri Bamboo 5-Piece Place Setting

Ricci Argentieri Ricci Bamboo 5-Piece Place Setting

cabbage-serving-bowlFigural Cabbage Bowl


Michael Aram 2-Pc. Palm Serving Set


Petrus Regout Maastricht Platter


Meakin “Jamaica” Octagonal Plates – Set of 6


Thibaut Gazebo Collection ~ Masquerade

Thibaut Gazebo Masquerade marks the genesis of my decorating fascination with the colors, patterns and textures of Chinoiserie finery.


Aliza Teal Dinner Plate Set of 4

Lenox Pleated Colors Aqua Salad Plate

Lenox Pleated Colors Aqua Salad Plate


Vintage Mismatched Fine China Luncheon Plates – Set of 4

Hybrid Cloe Porcelain Fruit Bowl design by Seletti

Classic Touch Tumblers with 24K Gold Artwork in Assorted Colors (Set of 6)

Classic Touch Tumblers with 24K Gold Artwork in Assorted Colors (Set of 6)


Byzantine 24 Karat 5 Piece Flatware Set

Osaka Bamboo Trellis / Tea

Osaka Bamboo Trellis / Teal

Safavieh Lighting Serenity Teal Buddha LampSafavieh Lighting Serenity Teal Buddha Lamp


Havana Jacquard Napkins


Julie Accent Plate – Set of 4


Modern Chinese Porcelain Bowl w/Hand Painted Iris


Rose Medallion Bowl

vintage-chinoiserie-foo-dog-dragon-ceramic-platter-hand-paintedVintage Chinoiserie Foo Dog Ceramic Platter


Foo Dog Lion Statues

Mix patterns and textures while incorporating whimsical details.

Selecting pieces and accents in complementary colors creates visual flow and ensures continuity.


Apple Green Monogrammed Check Chinoiserie Napkins


Vietri Pastel Glass Collection Pink Salad Plate


Lenox® Pleated Colors Dinner Plate in Red

Pip Studio - Spring To Life Side Plate - Pink

Pip Studio – Spring To Life Side Plate – Pink

Elephant Theme Thai Celadon Ceramic Plate

Elephant Theme Celadon Salad Plate


Resler 5 Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Set


Pretty In Pink Napkin


English Staffordshire Style Poodles



Elegant Covered Vegetable Server



Bamboo Chinoiserie Lattice in Pink + Bubblegum Pink Serving Tray





Chinoiserie chic meets On the Lanai.  Home decor pieces and fabrics and Dual purpose similar aesthetic characteristics


Bamboo Lattice in Peach Fizz


Gladys Glover Vintage Bamboo-Style Chopstick Rests, S/5


cranberry-high-ball-glassesQ Squared Aurora Ruby Double Old-Fashioned Tumblers, Set of 4


Coordinates Drinkware Set with Cherry Blossom Design


Jusalpha Fine China Tea Cup and Saucer Set

Pip Studio - Spring To Life Teapot - Pink

Pip Studio – Spring To Life Teapot



Dana Gibson Ming Tray Table 

Art & Artifact Buddha Drinking Glasses - Set of 4Art & Artifact Buddha Drinking Glasses – Set of 4



Madcap Cottage Windy Corner Rhubarb

vintage-hollywood-regency-chinoiserie-ginger-jarsVintage Hollywood Regency Chinoiserie Ginger Jars – A Pair




La Gallina Matta Parentesi Placemat


Staffordshire Red Old Willow Chinoiserie Dinner Plates


Juliska Siam Dessert/Salad Plate

Loveramics - Willow Love Story Salad Plates - Set of 4

Loveramics – Willow Love Story Salad Plates – Set of 4



Classic Blue and White Dinner Napkins


Chinese Pagoda Embroidered Linen Hemstitched Cocktail Napkins

Argent Orfevres Orava 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting

Argent Orfevres Orava 5-Piece Flatware Place Setting


Blue & White Chinoiserie Glasses

VIETRI Accordion Tall Tumbler

VIETRI Accordion Marine Tall Tumbler

Churchill Blue Willow Round Vegetable Serving Bowl

Churchill Blue Willow Round Vegetable Serving Bowl


Noritake Bleufleur Oval Vegetable Serving Bowl


Indigold 13″ Serving Bowl


Chinese Five-Claw Dragon Bowl


Vintage Blue Willow Steak Knifes – Set of 6


Handled Willow Platter   –    Willow Platter

Vivid colors, rococo styling, and sumptuous patterns are the hallmarks of the Chinoiserie themed tablescape.


Tobacco Leaf Tin Plate 10″ Set (4)


Portmeirion Sara Miller Gold Plated Assorted Plates


Thirstystone Jewel-Tone Salt & Pepper Shaker Set


East of the Moon Porcelain

Williamsburg OD Dunmore Dragons Cobalt

Williamsburg Dunmore Dragons Cobalt


Ralph Lauren Home

Atmosphere is an important aspect of the memorable dining experience.  A table lamp(s) on the dining table promotes soft lighting beneficial to mood and tone.  The height of the  East Enterprises LPBFW088N Table Lamp, Multicolored  is dining tabletop friendly at 19.5 inches tall.


East Enterprises LPBFW088N Table Lamp, Multicolored

Classic blue and white porcelain accessories instill the all important touch of elegance.  Use decorative picture frames and easels with a bamboo motif for displaying a printable menu or place card.



Charlotte Moss ~ Architectural Digest



Benzara 57519 Pagoda Lanterns



Shepardson 2 Piece Sitting Foo Dog Statue SetShepardson 2 Piece Sitting Foo Dog Statue Set


Oriental Furniture Rosewood Carved Pedestal Stand 


Sandalwood Fan


White Ceramic Tureen

Decorative Picture This Chinoiserie

Decorative Picture This Chinoiserie Decorative Wall Art




Newport Mansions Chelsea Bird Mug


Foo Dog Salt and Pepper Shakers

As previously stated, destination decorating creates a passport to dining adventures, where the dining table top becomes an inspired canvas.

From place setting to ambiance to gracious detail, a Chinoiserie themed tablescape travels well.

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Southern Hospitality: Please Join Us For A Bridal Shower

Happy midweek all!  Today, because I am a proud mama and weddings are all around, I thought I would bring you into The Places In The Home fold by sharing with you this photo gallery from the please join us for a bridal shower we hosted for our son and his lovely fiancée when they were home for our nephew’s wedding in May.  Seeing that the happy couple live in Canada, it is difficult to be live and in person for the showers and luncheons celebrating the couple.  Skype and FaceTime amaze me, but pales in comparison to actually being in attendance in the moment.  It didn’t take long for me to come up with the idea of throwing the couple a surprise bridal shower.

bridal shower

The future Mrs. is not only taken with our son, but with Fixer Upper, Waco, Chip and Joanna Gaines and Magnolia Market.  What better way to surprise a Southern farmhouse chic girl at heart than with an afternoon Southern farmhouse chic-Southern charm-Southern hospitality eat, drink and we’re getting married bridal shower.

Magnolia Market

Clear glass jars brimming with fragrant magnolias captured the farmhouse feel and lent a simple yet elegant touch.  When entertaining, I find it helpful to know your audience and to play to their taste.  The thought is in the decorating and entertaining details, and it’s that attention to detail that brings about a rave review.

southern magnolia flower

Faux flowers have their place, and in the bridal/wedding weekend celebration that place was inside an antique porcelain pitcher placed in the center of the dining room table.   I’ve been known to pre plan the s*%! out of a soiree or celebration.  Pre planning affords me the opportunity to find theme appropriate decor pieces and impressive dinner and drinkware at a price point that makes me very happy.

I always like that theme!

It also gives me time to shop sales and order items with plenty of shipping time to spare.  A case in point is the tulip bundles found on eBay.  You must allow at least three weeks for arrival when ordering from China, but the price savings makes it an appealing option.  The quality is apple to apple when comparing the faux tulip bunches to the ones I see in my retail rounds.

pink tulips

The bride-to-be admired the tulips several times over the course of their visit which pleased me to no end.  It was obvious the tulip bundles captured the essence of her preferred decorating style, and that signaled decorating success.

antique porcelain pitcher

Crochet doilies and lace napkins dressed the table in vintage style.

vintage crochet

Tulle is my gift wrap ribbon and bow material of choice.

blue tulle

Tying the knot in white wedding and something blue tones is simple in theory, beautiful in delivery.

bridal shower gift

wedding gifts

Gifts for a newlywed kitchen filled with love.

vintage ladies handkerchiefBride

Vintage handkerchiefs make lovely wedding and bridal gifts, and my almost daily Etsy search for just the right one for each recipient became second nature.  I purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for the bride and groom-to-be, her mother, and each member of the bridal party- a to/from gift from me and Dave the Builder.  I also purchased vintage monogrammed handkerchiefs for my nephew, his bride, his brother who was his best man, and for my brother- the father of the groom.  Did I forget anyone?

mens handkerchiefGroom

We began the bridal shower nibble and nosh with a cheese board featuring several cheeses, fresh Louisiana strawberries, blueberries, fruit dip, mixed nuts, dried cranberries, dates and figs.  The future groom loves my chicken salad so chicken salad it is.  I served the chicken salad with a tropical fruit salad garnished with avocado slices, Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.  We also dined on a true Southern favorite, buttermilk biscuits and honey ham sandwiches.  I made a mayonnaise and Dijon mustard dressing to go with the sandwiches.  The beverage station featured water with lemon slices, raspberry tea, almond peach tea, Riesling and Merlot wine.

white wedding cake

For dessert, we decided to surprise the couple with a cake in true bridal shower fashion.  The cake decorator and I got together and came up with an abbreviated version of the above wedding cake.  The icing color was a soft shade of ivory and the cake decorator suggested a “bouquet” of roses to top it off.  Dave the Builder thought the silver wedding bands added a nice touch, and the monogrammed cake topper was an on trend accent.

cutting cake

It’s become somewhat of a tradition to give each bride and groom in the Places In The Home family a heirloom silver sugar spoon as a wedding gift.  To this we added a silver-plated wedding cake server set and the monogram wedding cake topper to complete the gift package.

wedding cake server set

The bridal shower was a big surprise and a big hit.  Our son finally figured out why I kept insisting he bring an extra suitcase with him. The extra baggage fee charge is a bargain compared to what it cost to ship items from the US to Canada.  I was informed the Kate Spade cutting boards were used the night they arrived back to Canada.

That’s all the thank you needed.

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Keep It Summer Simple: A Summer Entertaining Mantra

Memorial Day weekend welcomes keep it summer simple entertaining, outdoor living, backyard cookouts, and the summer entertaing-picnic packing times that go so well with summer.

Summer entertaining ideas o’plenty are filling up my notepad file marked hot style in the summertime.

summer entertaining

Who remembers when the crudite tray ruled the appetizer course?

The ultimate crudite crate is a super cute summer entertaining idea.

Farmhouse chic is for sure the trend with staying power and one tailored-made for summer entertaining.  Millennials, brides-to-be, kitchenistas, decoristas, outdoor living entertainingistas love, love, love the ease of entertaining farmhouse chic brings to the table.

Silos Magnolia Market

Our Millennial son aka the Canadian snowbird and his bride-to-be completed their trip with a quick trip to Waco and the uber popular Magnolia Market.

They give the market, bakery and the metropolis of Waco a glowing review.

Magnolia MarketOkay, let’s get back to the crudites crate ideas.

Hand Made Modern Small Wood Tray

Hand Made Modern Small Wood Tray

As far as appetizers go, especially in the heat of the summer, I practice the rule of less is more.  Small bites and nibbles make the perfect edible complement to a cold beverage.

With that in mind, I think the Modern Wood Shadow Box from Target will make a big summer entertaining statement.

Like a picnic basket- pack it tight with fresh veggies for summer snacking.

Potato salad is a picnic-pot luck staple.

I don’t know if I would go so far as to categorize it as a vintage side dish, but potato salad has graced the summer picnic table of my great grandmother, my grandmothers, my aunts, my mother and my mother-in-law.

You get the picture.

vintage picnic basketChairish

Recipes for potato salad vary in ingredients and styles, serving warm or cold is in the palate preference of the fork or spoon holder, and to add mustard or not add mustard is a whole nother potato salad issue.

I came across Doris Day’s recipe for German Potato Salad, and thought it would make a great addition to this post.

Doris Day

Doris Day’s German Potato Salad


6 medium-sized potatoes

1 large stalk of celery, chopped in small pieces

3-4 scallions (white part only), thinly sliced

4 slices lean bacon, cut in small strips

2/3 cup water

½ cup cider (or wine) vinegar

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Cook potatoes in their skins until tender.  Cool slightly, peel and slice into a large bowl.  Add celery and scallions.  Fry bacon in saucepan until crisp.  Add water and vinegar.  Pour over potato-celery-scallion mixture, toss lightly. Cover and marinate thoroughly (several hours or overnight) before serving. Serves 4.

Julia Child is deliciously correct.

To her words I add entertaining well doesn’t mean entertaining fancy.


metal armchair patio

I’m coming to realize the correlation between vintage and comfortable is undeniable.

blueberries pineapples pears

I served this fruit salad at the bridal shower and the crowd went yum.



Pretty presentation, and that’s what counts.


Tropical Fruit Salad


2 cans tropical fruit, drained

1 can pear halves, drained

1 pint blueberries

juice of one(1) lemon

1 large ripe avocado, halved and cut into slices

1 small container plain Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons honey

black pepper


In a mixing bowl, toss together canned fruit with juice of one lemon. Cover and chill 1 hour.  Add to a small container of Greek yogurt two Tablespoons of honey and you’ve got the dressing.  Garnish with avocado slices, yogurt dressing and black pepper.

fresh fruit salad

Dollar store wine goblets in the style of oatmeal glass make a lovely serving presentation.  I am snacking on this fruit salad as I write up this post.

Delicious, if I do say so myself.

textured pitcher

By now you’ve realized vintage style glassware is a favorite.  Inspiration is everywhere, especially at the movies.

Scarlett O'Hara

Sparkling Spiked Peach Lemonade


1 cup sugar

1 cup of water

3 large peaches

6 cups sparkling water

1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ cup vodka


In a small pot, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Remove the skins from 2 of the peaches, reserving the third.  Cut an “X” in the bottom of each one, and place them in a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. Transfer the peaches to an ice bath, and peel when cool enough to handle.  Slice each peeled peach in half and remove the pits. Cut peaches into cubes, place them in the blender or food processor, and puree until liquified.

In a large pitcher, combine the pureed peaches, the cooled simple syrup, the sparkling water, the lemon juice and the vodka.  Stir to combine.  Add ice and stir again.

Cut the remaining peach into thin slices.  Stir a few of the slices into the lemonade and use the others to garnish the glasses.

Serves 4.

The Kitchn

Are you ready for summer entertaining?

Enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, practice the entertaining rule of KISS by keeping it summer simple, and bon appétit.