Tips And Must Haves When Starting Your Tableware Collection -With Chloe Crabtree

Im so excited this week to share with you an interview I did with Chloe Crabtree from the blog Celebrate and Decorate, where you can find much more than seasonal crafts and pretty tablescapes: recipes, home tours and inspiration for entertaining!

Q: Chloe, when/how/why did you start your blog Celebrate and Decorate?
A:  I started my blog back in February of 2012.  I began blogging at the encouragement of a friend.  I was looking for ideas for hosting a baby shower for my niece and came across all kinds of blogs from Pinterest pins.  So many of the ideas I saw made me say, “I can do that even better!”  So, Celebrate and Decorate was born.  I really began with wanting to share home entertaining ideas. I wanted to share the complete package, the invitations, the party decorations, and the menu with some of the recipes.  Of course, tablescapes are a big part of this, since so much of my home entertaining is dinner parties or gatherings around a luncheon or dinner table.

Q: You have so many wonderful tablescape posts in your blog, which is your absolute favourite one and why?
A:  Thank you so much.  I think selecting one tablescape as my favorite is like saying that one of my children is my favorite over the other.  I have a few that truly stand out in my mind as ones I really was proud of, each for a different reason.  
Welcome Summer with a Tropical Tablescape stands out all the way around because of the lush tropical feeling the setting evoked.  Interestingly, nothing was spent on flowers, all of the foliage was from local area plants.  I just feel this table was welcoming for my guests and yet impressive as they arrived at the dinner table. 

My Wrapping Paper Runner Christmas Tablescape from last December was so very well received and I felt it was elegant but carried through the festive feel of the holiday.  Lights were dimmed and the candles and lanterns lit to offer such a warm glow along with the voluminous garland decking the table.  

Back in 2016 I was feeling a little left out since I had never been invited to any blog hops by other bloggers.  It dawned on me, if I wasn’t being invited to the party, I had to host the party myself.  I hosted my first tablescape blog hop!  The table I styled for that was my Summer Beach Tablescape- I wanted so badly to style a pretty and unique table that those joining the hop would think was satisfactory for someone hosting a tablescape blog hop.  I think my DIY seashell chargers and the neutral tone of this table was all it could be!

Q: Your collection of tableware must be so impressive! For someone who is just starting theirs, what would be the must haves to have a good foundation?
Thank you, I am always trying to add to my collection.

Tips & Must Haves When Starting Your Tableware Collection

  1. First, work with what you have!   
  2. A set of good white dinner plates are a must.
  3. Get seasonal or trendy salad plates, as they can set the scene, without having to invest in complete sets.
  4. Solid color dinner plates can work with all kinds of different salad plates.
  5. Get sets of solid color linens, napkins and tablecloths.
  6. Invest in a good set of stainless flatware with a classic pattern, it can be used with a variety of table settings.
  7. I have been frugal from the beginning and other than two sets of good china that I previously owed, I primarily rely on Home Goods finds for several years.
  8. Don’t overlook thrift stores, and other places where you might find vintage tableware for less.  

Q: You did such a fabulous tablescape with our tablecloth! Talk to us about it.
Thank you so much!  I really love this cloth!  The pattern just spoke to me!  I had spotted these Caskata Bloom Salad plates and when I saw the Ardea Home Aster tablecloth, I knew it would be the perfect complement to the salad plates! My dining room has navy blue walls and this was such a perfect combination in the room!  A chinoiserie pot filled with vibrant green mums was the perfect centerpiece for this tablescape.  The tablecloth is the Aster “wipeable” tablecloth, that means no wine stains!

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any comments at all, I love hearing from you. Just send me a message, I read every single one of them.

xoxo, Ana

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