Creating a Rustic and Simple Table Setting

Creating a rustic and simple table setting while using what I already have on hand was a true challenge for me but I am quite happy with the results. This tablescape was put together with a variety of pieces I have collected over the years and I like the mismatched, rustic spring touches I was able to pull together for a simple table setting.

Elegant and simple table setting for spring

I will admit I have my Grandma’s china and recently inherited 3 more sets of china plus silverware but a formal table setting is not something I do often. After doing my research on Pinterest there will definitely be more formal dinner parties in my future.

elegant and simple table setting with mismatched china

Usually for each holiday I just put out a stack of plates, a cup of silverware, some cloth napkins and create a self-serve buffet line but I really like the layers of texture and mismatched dinnerware on the table.

simple and elegant table setting with cloth napkins and mismatched dishes

This year for Easter I decided to create a spring table setting with a nature theme while using things from my stash. I started by making my a unique wooden table runner from scrap wood I picked up at one of my flea market trips. 

Elegant and simple table setting with wooden farmhouse table runner and forsythia wreath

Then I added a layer of texture with a faux forsythia flower wreath nestled under the soup tureen my mom made in ceramics class in the 70’s.

Rustic elegant and simple table setting

I acquired some cedar wood slices along my travels and added them as a platform to hold one my my glittered candle jars, a votive I made out of a tin can and book pages and a golden bird from my stash.

wooden farmhouse table runner used with elegant and simple table setting

I painted some metal bird candle holders with my homemade chalky paint and distressed them with some sandpaper. The birds add to the nature theme.

elegant and simple table setting with metal bird candle holders

Then I started creating a place setting using mismatched plates in different sizes. I love the Pottery Barn leaf shaped plates that I picked up from the thrift store many years ago that tie to the nature themed table setting I have created.

simple and elegant table setting with cloth napkins and mismatched dishes

Something we always use is cloth napkins and I love the numbered ceramic napkin rings I found in my stash. I need to break those out more often as they add such a cute farmhouse touch to such a simple table setting.

Creating a rustic and simple table setting

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  1. Lisa says:

    Denise, I love all the texture and rusticity you brought “to the table” for this tablescape.

    The yellow forsythia wreath was just the right pop of color!

    I look forward to seeing future table settings styled by you.


  2. Kellie says:

    Denise, this looks so beautiful. I love the napkin rings and the cedar wood slices. How fun to inherit so many formal dishes! I can’t wait to see how you use them. Oh and Denise I love your dining room!

  3. Sam @ Raggedy Bits says:

    Love everything, Denise! Right down to your awesome table runner! You are like me and try to use things that you already have. Also love how your bird candlesticks turned out! What a fabulous transformation.

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