FOOD + DRINK, TABLEWARE | August 4, 2008

Summer Fashion for Tablecloths

table linens by simons :: playing with pattern :: bird plates chirp dinnerware by lenox

Get inspired for casual summer entertaining with three different table linen looks.

I selected tablecloths from Simons, a retailer with stores in Quebec and Montreal. Simons sells women’s wear, men’s wear and home fashion at affordable prices. I often bought table and bed linens from their own brand.

Playing with Patterns

I cannot wait to throw a brunch with this setting. Everything starts with a china pattern. I am so glad that I selected the Chirp Dinnerware set because I can experiment with new tabletop styles.

I discovered that lots of accessories harmonize with the Asian feel of these teal and watercolor bird drawings. I did not expect that when I selected this pattern from the Simple Fine collection by Lenox. I chose this pattern because the drawings were cute and different from my own tableware. I wish to disclose that Lenox sent me a complimentary set last spring to get familiar with their line.

I bought the yellow floral tablecloth to go with the dinnerware set. I wish to use it more often. Then, I found these cute bird plates. The three patterns do not compete with each other. In fact, they complement each other by telling their own side of the story.

The bird plates go well with white plates; they look better against a creamy white. The groove texture of my white Sophie Conran for Portmeirion dinnerware produces an interesting look.

More Ideas

The vibrant, sun-filled stripes won me over. The Viva Accent Striped tablecloth is ideal for summer dining in the city or in the country. It looks great with red or pink, even though there is none on the tablecloth.

I bought 12 napkins because I think that a set is appropriate in this case. From time to time, you can mix some solid color napkins with the striped napkins. Just make sure to match the solid color to a stripe color.

The mocha Graphic Check tablecloth picture shows how you can update for summer an autumn look. The use of props adds interest to any tablescape.

The last two tablecloths can be used all year long. You simply need to change the accessories. The key is to put emphasis on a seasonal vibe.

SOURCING:
+ Chirp Dinnerware by Lenox – price: $99.95 USD per 5-piece setting
+ Viva Accent Striped tablecloth – starts at $14.99 CAD
+ Graphic Check tablecloth – starts at $14.99 CAD
+ My Bird salad plates were bought at Zone

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3 Responses to “Summer Fashion for Tablecloths”

  1. Good info
    thank-you

  2. 2 jere Mullen (@jeremullen) said:

    I have looked everywhere for the tan salad plates with birds on them. where did you find them and do you know who they are made by? I need three more, the yellow black bird, red black bird and the blue orange bird. You will have saved the day if you could help me!

  3. Jere Mullen: I bought my tan birdy salad plates at Zone, a retailer with 5 stores: three in Montreal, one in Quebec and one in Ottawa. For more details, check out my post.