One of the things we love most is hosting friends and family in our home. We have always loved sharing time with people we love around a table. Growing up, my mom always set a beautiful table and while I am not as creative as she was with her tablescapes, I still like to switch things up each time we host. This particular gathering for my dad boasted a large dose of blue & white.
When we hosted this party for my dad, temperatures were still sky-high so I wanted to keep things light and bright.
Pattern mixing doesn’t have to be difficult. You just have to remember scale. My rule of thumb is to mix three patterns and keep in mind the SMALL + MEDIUM + LARGE rule. If you have patterns that vary in scale it works beautifully.
SMALL + MEDIUM + LARGE
You can see above that the blue and white spheres in the bowl have a small scale pattern. From there, the fabric used for the runner is a bit larger in scale and finally the buffalo check acts as the large scale print. That keeps things from looking like a hot mess!
Napkins: Target dollar section (they come in pairs for $3). I only found a few a first (hence the striped napkin) but have since found more!
Runner: Fabric from Michaels. The key is that it comes in a nice long length to cover my table when the leaf is in use.
Ceramic Spheres, White Bowl, Rug and Tufted Chairs: HomeGoods
White Chairs: Wayfair
Table: World Market
Blue & White Chairs: Serena & Lily
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Don’t over complicate things. Once the patterns were used, I kept is simple with our daily dishes and flatware. I added two candles and two bouquets of fresh flowers. With the blue and white color scheme it’s nice to keep it clean and basic.
There is just something about buffalo check. It makes my heart skip a beat. I really love the clean and classic look and the runner throws in the trendy Shibori style that you are seeing everywhere now.
Ultimately, it’s just about this moment. Gathering with ones you love. I like making people feel welcome and loved by setting a pretty table, but it’s the laughter and story telling that leaves the lasting impression on all of us.
You can see other tables and parties I’ve created under the Gatherings tab at the top of my blog.
Where did you get your beautiful rug??
Barbara M. says
I love blue and white. My china is blue and white and while it is not as versatile as white china, I bought it many years ago and still love it to this day.
Hope you are feeling better, Courtney!
Dawn Scheurich says
Simply lovely, Courtney, as usual! Hope you are feeling better ???? Dawn
Family gatherings are one of my most favorite things to do and I love the photo of you and your family on your Dad’s birthday. So so special. Your table is beautiful! Blue and white is so pretty and classic. I wish our Michael’s carried fabric. Hope you’re feeling much better today Courtney. xo
Tell me about your table. I love the look of it, but wonder about crumbs in the grooves. I have a tiled tabletop currently in our eat-in kitchen and the grout lines drive me batty. Let me know what you think of yours. Working on finding a new table for our dining room. Thanks!