Spring Table Setting: Inexpensive and Easy Decor

It’s officially spring! Time to change the decor to lighter colors and fun seasonal decorations.

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Spring Table Setting

Spring color is addictive. I have been searching for lighter colors and couldn’t wait to put all of my spring items together on this table setting. We eat at our dining table for every meal so it works best to use decorations that can easily be moved to make way for dishes and extra place settings when needed.

These spring green linens came from the clearance rack at Pier 1 Imports. We already had the placemats, and I love how they look together.  I always prefer to use cloth napkins when ever possible, they are easy to wash and reuse.

The colorful napkin rings are also Pier 1. I spent about .50 cents on them. BARGAIN!

The Pier 1 store had the most adorable displays with bunnies and greenery. Just beautiful! I brought home one little bunny and used faux forsythia and bayberry balls that we already had to decorate my table without spending a lot of money.

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Real or Faux?

The butterflies on the greenery balls are from the Dollar store. I buy loads of them each spring, I just love how colorful they are. They look so real! They look great in planters too!

It wouldn’t be any fun if there wasn’t some Easter candy on the table, malted candy eggs are scattered down the table and the candy dishes are full of jelly beans. I will have you know that my teenage boys were waiting in the wings for me to finish photographing so they could eat the candy. Some things never change!

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The orchids on the table are real mini plants that have been sitting in my window sill all winter. They are so lovely! I discovered they Orchids bloom longer when kept underneath the glass cloches. The glass keeps the plants moist and they don’t seem to mind being a bit crowded under the curved glass top. We use cork discs under all our plants to protect the table surfaces underneath. Every time we go to Ikea I buy a bunch of these discs. They also make great hot pads for hot dishes at meal time.

To give our blue patterned dishes a new look, they were layered with some green plates from the thrift store in a darker shade of green. Shades of a color look great when used all together, and even the plates covered with ivy designs seem to look right.

The Centerpiece

Spring centerpiece with grapevine wreath.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThe center piece is super easy to make. It is a 5 minute project. More on that tomorrow!

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Here are some other spring decor ideas:

Butterfly Cloche with forced flowering branches.|Designers sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Butterfly Cloche

Spring Planter Arrangement is easy to make for your tabletop.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Spring Planter Arrangement

Spring porch display with flowers.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Spring Porch Decor 


My blogging buddies have lots more great ideas: check out these posts in the blog hop!


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Budget Fall Centerpieces

I am slow to decorate for fall, I like minimal decorations that are easy to put away when it’s time to being out the splashier holiday decor. Here’s my take on an easy budget-friendly centerpiece for fall!

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There was an interesting thing posted on Facebook this week. The most popular post on Hometalk last year was some simple Budget Fall Centerpieces. They had a whopping 1.5 million views. Wow, that’s a lot of page views! They were simple and beautiful, I can see why everyone liked them.

They weren’t my page views however. If they were, you would have heard me screaming all the way in Texas.

Daisies topside

I am slow to decorate for fall, I like minimal decorations that are easy to put away when it’s time to being out the splashier holiday decor. I also am not a huge fan of orange, but it’s growing on me.

One of my friends asked me to help out with some fall decorations for a dinner party. I had fun putting these together.

Modern Masters paint

I started with some quart size mason jars, you can never have too many of them. They make great vases.

I painted the jars gold with this paint from Modern Masters. This color sample was given to me at a blog conference earlier this year. I love how bright this gold color is! I gave each jar 2 coats of paint. Modern Masters is known for their high quality metallic paints. This gold is so rich looking!


The flowers all came from the Dollar Tree. These are faux Gerbera Daisies, leaves, and burlap patterned leaves along with some faux Millet and interesting grasses.

I cut the stems apart to fit into the jars without popping out. There are dried beans in the bottom of the jars that I use to keep the flowers in place, I use them for candles too.

Jar and bow

A bit of twine and bi-colored bakers twine finish the jars. I am not one for huge bows, I like simplicity.

Perfect for a simple dinner party.

Colorful and inexpensive, these 6 jars cost less than $20.00 to make.

What could be simpler than that?

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Teal Thanksgiving Decor

Teal tablesetting



It is snowing here today.  Can’t believe it! We haven’t had a major snow before Thanksgiving in many years.

I spent my day dreaming of Teal Thanksgiving Decor by the light of the fireplace.

I was thrilled to find the teal accessories I had been dreaming of in the stores this week.

Sometimes it’s hard to find the stuff of your dreams, you know?

Perhaps it’s just me.

I started with these beautiful hurricane candle holders from World Market. They were a bargain at $4.99. I filled them with little pinecones and wooden circles from the craft store.

I spotted the teal napkins at World Market as well. I bought a big stack of them for the holiday buffet table. You can never have too many napkins at our house.

I love the colored napkins with my white dishes. It’s the only set of dishes we own. They are old and chipped, but I love them anyway.

White goes with everything in my book.

The cups and saucers are a thrift store find, they don’t match a thing and I like them that way.


 I came across the same color teal fabric that matched the napkins at JoAnn Fabrics. I didn’t see a matching teal table cloth in the World Market Store, and buying a table cloth wasn’t really in the budget anyway.

I scored two yards of this linen blend for a whopping $7.00 with the weekly coupon. Yes!

A tablecloth was born!

I decided to not have a traditional center piece this Thanksgiving.

The food is the focus of the holiday, why not use it for the center piece too?

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I found this slate cheese board at Marshall’s recently. I have always wanted one of these. We eat more cheese than any other family on Earth. It was a must have.

I picked up a few veggies for display with the cheese, some artichokes and a couple heads of radicchio.

Something about the purples and greens in the same space together calls to me. These are some of my favorite colors.

A few pieces of fresh rosemary complete each place setting. I love the way it smells.

There will be lots of rosemary present in our Thanksgiving meal!

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The “give thanks” reference on the cheese board comes from the lyrics to the Shaker song Simple Gifts by Joseph Brackett which was written in 1848.

 For some reason, this song makes me think of the Thanksgiving holiday and counting all our blessings, no matter how simple they are.

The song goes like this:

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

Just so you know, it has taken me all day to complete this post. I think that’s a record for the longest post ever! I am forcing myself to learn to use a new photo editing program, Adobe Lightroom. It will take me some time to get used to it, but I know it will be worth the trouble.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving yet?