I’m sure I’m not the only tablescaper out there who sometimes gets stuck and just cannot think of a way to do a table. That happened to me yesterday. I wanted to use my colorful Pioneer Woman plates and went through all kinds of tables in my brain, but I just seemed to hit a block every time.
Finally I settled on this floral table runner and matching placemats.
I knew that this would not be “matchy-matchy,” but was hoping for some contrast.
I know it looks a little weird in the photo, but it really is not all that off the wall. Adding black San Remo flatware and a purple napkin helped to ground the place setting and I ended up liking the color on top of color.
I used purple goblets, of course. I do have couple of red choices in my collection but they are darker that the bright orange-red of the plate rim, so purple it is.
The next block occurred at the centerpiece. I got my wooden votive holder out. I love this holder that my son made for me a number of years ago and don’t remember to use it often enough.
Stuck again, I went with more Pioneer Woman. These accessory pieces that I chose, like this creamer and sugar, are also bright and colorful to add to the color on the table.
This small pitcher is supposed to be a measuring cup. However, there are no measuring marks on the inside of it, so I just use it as a small pitcher.
Although I liked the final product, I was not crazy about it. I’ve done better tables and I’ve certainly used my Pioneer Woman products in better ways.
Luckily, I recently read that she is now coming out with table linens, so maybe it will be a little easier for me to come up with tables once that happens.
I was so dissatisfied with the table that I started disassembling it almost as soon as I had photographed it. I had another idea that I wanted to get started on while I had time. I started with Dollar General placemats and red Wal Mart plates.
You may remember that I purchased a mismatched set of chef plates at my flea market quite some time ago. A few days ago I noticed some more of the smaller chef plates at a different booth, so I grabbed them.
I now have 6 of the small plates that are labeled Tabletops Lifestyles.
I love the cheerful chefs on these plates and that I now have enough to do a different chef at each place setting.
They are really cute and the red plate underneath is perfect with the chef plate.
I decided on the matching napkins, but what napkin ring to use? I was stumped until I remembered these chairs. OK, they do look more like ice cream parlor chairs than pizza parlor chairs, but use your imagination! These could totally be in a pizza parlor!
Large red goblets and San Remo flatware finish off the place setting.
For the centerpiece, I was really not satisfied with any of the runners that I have. Why not use a platter rather than a runner? Hey, it works for me!
You may remember that my whole chef table craze started with these cute chef accessories that I picked up at Family Dollar. I like the chef votive holder sitting on the platter.
However, I wanted to be a little more creative than that, so I decided to use a “bouquet” of cooking tools as the centerpiece…they seem to go with the chef theme. I literally just moved my kitchen tools from the pitcher where I normally keep them to the Pioneer Woman one and centered it on the platter.
I flanked the pitcher with my Family Dollar chef accessories. This chubby little guy actually holds a pot scrubber, although I just use him for décor.
I moved the votive holder to the other side.
I really like my finished table!
I like it so much that I’m sure I would have never even done the Pioneer Woman one had I thought of this one first. I also liked it so much that I decided to do a corresponding chef theme in the kitchen.
Remember, I still have the larger chef plates from my original purchase, and I only have 2 of them, so they are perfect for the kitchen. I was hunting for my solid red placemats when I remembered that these chef plates are accented with grapes, so I chose my grape placemats.
Going with the grape theme, I used my purple napkins. What napkin rings to use? I chose these twisted black metal ones because they are sort of reminiscent of a grapevine (OK, not really, but use your imagination!).
Everyday Chateau flatware finished off the setting.
What stemware to use? Obviously, the purple goblets. But I had mind my vintage ruby red glasses, so I put them together on the placemat and decided that they didn’t look too bad together.
I even think that they look pretty good together and, of course, I had to use grape-themed charms on the wine glasses.
I love these cute little charms!
I borrowed the chef votive from the dining table and flanked him with red and white votives. Cute, right?
I replaced him with the chef candy dish.
Love my simple kitchen table with its “cheffy” theme!
As a matter of fact, I was really pleased with both of these chef tables. That being said, the next piece of info may surprise you.
As much as I like these plates and these table, I have decided to let them go. If you clicked on my links to other tables with these chefs, you saw that I have only used the plates one other time and the accessories twice.
I really don’t see myself using them any more than that. You also know that I have a “something in, something out” rule when it comes to tablescaping items. I had actually only purged one set of 4 plates when I received the Pioneer Woman items at Christmas, so I was overdue in letting something else go. I will keep the salt and pepper shakers, obviously, but the other chef accessories and the chef plates can go bye-bye.
It will actually be a while before I put them out at the flea market since my booth is full right now, so I will pack them up and have them ready to sell when I get room. I will happily sell these outright to any reader who is interested. Because I do not have an Etsy shop at this point, I will have to sell them via email, snail mail, and money order or cashiers check. I will list the 8 plates (6 Tabletop Unlimited chef plates [2 have chips] and 2 larger chef plates, unmarked) as one lot and the 3 chef accessories (votive holder, candy dish, and scrubber holder) as one lot. I will give a discount for purchasing all of them. You can email me for prices as well as your zip code so that I can figure shipping costs.
Sometimes it takes being blocked to gain creativity and get unblocked once more! Have a great week!