For An Easy Table Setting … Shop Your Home!

For An Easy Table Setting … Shop Your Home!

As per the Greek tradition, the first day of the year is  celebrated with family and friends, sharing a well cooked meal and cutting the New Year’s Pie (Vassilopitta) which has a hidden coin for the lucky one of the year. This year, it will only be the four of us, but this is not keeping me from setting the table in a festive way. It’s really last minute and I haven’t thought about how to decorate my table, so there’s only one thing left to do and that is … shop my home!

Here is how to set the table with whatever you already have:

1.  Start with a tablecloth or placemats which are a must to any table setting. Depending on the celebration, use materials and colors that suit the circumstance. I have used plastic, wood, burlap, paper and many more in the past, but today I am using well ironed white linen placemats.

Placemat - mydearirene

2.  Add tableware that is appropriate to the celebration. Since it is New Year, I am using my very best china.

Tableware - mydearirene

3. Wander around the house for any decorative item that suits the event. I found nothing but some plastic snowflakes from the dollar store, but they certainly don’t look cheap with the white linen! I spread them around the middle of the table to fill the empty space.

Plastic Snowflakes - mydearirene

4. Candles on a table are always a good idea.  I’m using these LED votives that I got from Costco back in the Fall. I already used them in very different ways for the diy Halloween lanterns and the Thanksgiving table. Only this time, I am wrapping around them  a piece of faux white fur, that fits the season just right (use faux fur only with LED candles! Otherwise they can be a fire hazard!).

Candles - mydearirene

5.  Some greenery or flowers are always a must, but I have nothing on hand.  In my backyard I see that my camellia is ready to bloom.  I wish that the flowers were all opened, but this will have to do. I placed each camellia on a little dish that I had brought back from Greece this last summer, and that gives the color that was missing.

Camellia - mydearirne

6. Last, I am adding some clear glass gems (a remainder from a floral arrangement that was sent to us) here and there, on the table, and ready!

Large Camellia - mydearirene

I combined items and materials that I already had in the house, and in just a few minutes my table looks beautiful!

Table - mydearirene

It is always nice to be able to spend a lot to make a table setting look nice and professional, but using whatever we have at home is a fun, creative and inexpensive way, too!

China And Flower - mydearirene

A table that is nicely set for the meal shows your loved ones how much you care, creates memories and makes the meal much more enjoyable!

Table Setting For Four - mydearirene

 Happy New Year!


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Hi! I'm Angelica! For the last ten years I've been sharing my cooking, home projects and ideas with my sister Irene. "Once Again, My Dear Irene" is just an extension of our daily chats. Moreover "My Dear Irene" Continue Reading