Creating a Table Setting on a Budget

One thing I love, especially while celebrating a holiday, is having a beautiful table setting. But before all the fun, some planning needs to begin, I always find it best to start with choosing a colour and/or theme to use, and then go from there. Sometimes, this can be incorporated into the centrepiece, the tablecloth, a napkin, or even a serving platter, which can then set the mood.

Let’s start the planning of creating a table setting on a budget:

 The table covering:

  • This is a place to get creative if it inspires and complements the colour palette.
  • You can use a bed sheet or coverings, or any extra material which you can add a hem.

 Choose the type of China you want to use:

  • White china makes any food look good because it will not conflict with food colours
  • Pattern pieces can add colour and texture to your table, which provides a sense of warmth, and you can always mix-and-match similar pieces to create a more dynamic feel.

Have extra bowls on hand

  • They always come in handy, whether serving a side soup or salad, use as condiment holders, side serving dishes, chip bowls etc.

Large wine glasses and large glass mugs are a must for an informal dining experience

  • Anything can be served in them, and you do not have to worry about having different types of glasses for each serving drink.

How to add colour to the table:

  • Napkins: you can place two napkins in different colours or patterns in one ring. To cut on costs, you can purchase a white set of cloth napkins, and then find a heavier paper napkin to add the pop of colour.
  • Flowers: You can never go wrong with fresh flowers, but avoid using flowers too big for the setting, you want to be able to see and communicate with your guests and not have to talk over flowers.
  • Place seat holders: Having pre-arranged seating, can seem formal, but, by adding these, it gives you the opportunity to add more colour, or add an elegant touch to an informal setting.

Now that you have decided on all the elements you want to incorporate in your table setting, it is time to put them all together. At this point, you may want to add a little something extra or remove some items if the setting seems cluttered. This should be fun, and use your eye for design to make sure you have created your vision.

My Latest Table Setting:

As we have just celebrated Easter Sunday, I wanted to share the table setting I used for the holiday.

My table setting budget was $60 – now, let’s get to work:

First, my colour scheme was incorporated by side paper plates (yes, I said paper plates), they were used to add colour to the table. These are heavy-duty paper plates from Winners, costing $4.50 for 12. This is a cheaper alternative to purchasing side plates, and these were used to serve dessert.

Keeping with the colour theme, my table placeholders were made from the eggs that Jason and I decorated together. When completing projects like this, use it as a time to get creative, try painting a design, or using lace. The eggs we decorated were sitting in egg cups purchased from Winners ($8.99).

NOTE: A great place to purchase egg decorating materials is Michaels (check for a 50% off coupon), the Dollar Store, Walmart or any arts and crafts store. 

I purchased jewellery from Ardennes ($5), and have many left over for future projects, this not only added an elegant touch to the eggs but created a statement, additionally spending $10 for extra egg decorating materials from the Dollar Store and Shoppers.

When working with a budget, my first stop is always Winners to find a great centrepiece. This is honestly my favourite store, and you can find great deals, and something unique. But thankfully for me, this year Jason purchased a beautiful flower arrangement.

When using flowers for a centrepiece, especially when it is for a one-time event, always check the clearance section as this can have flowers marked down, up to 50% off. This gives you the opportunity to mix and match some of your favourites!!

I purchased a light blue table runner (Winners: $19.99), and white napkins (Winners: $9.99) with silver napkin rings, which I covered in a rose gold beaded ribbon (Dollar store: $1.50) to tie all the colours together.











Using from my home:

  • Charger Plates – silver in colour (can be purchased from any home accessory store, starting at $1.99)
  • Dinner Plates – white in colour
  • Wine Glasses – silver steamed
  • Drinking Glasses
  • Cutlery – silver in colour

With a grand total of $59.97, I stayed within Budget, and my Easter Table Setting was completed!!

Keep in mind, after the holidays, Easter materials will be significantly marked down, this is a great time to purchase items for next year’s table setting, to save even more!

I hope I have provided you with some tips that you can continue to carry forward for your next table setting!

Please leave any questions in the comment section below, as well, share pictures of your beautifully decorated table settings!

Katie xo

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