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Setting an everyday table in blue, teal, and turquoise

7 January 2014

The holidays are over, winter is really settling in, and I wanted to break up the monotony without throwing a big to-do. You know, just a little sparkle for everyday life.

This doesn’t exactly sparkle, but I really love how all the blues come together in a not-matchy-match kind of way, but it looks intentional, ya know? (I’m mostly making this up as I go, by the way.)

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I started with a silver fluted charger that I picked up for next to nothing at Tuesday Morning. Then there is a cobalt Fiestaware dinner plate that J-Mo and I got for our wedding. Next comes a white Pottery Barn caterers box salad plate (I can’t believe how often I use these “everyday” dishes for fancier settings!), topped with a turquoise Fiestaware dessert plate.

Everyday Table Setting_Cobalt Turquoise Fiestaware 1_heidikinscooks_Jan 2014I layered two napkins together (the only two I had in the blue-turquoise-teal color scheme), they are both from Pier 1 a few years ago, one a cute floral print and the other a solid teal hemstitch.

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The flatware and tumblers are my regular 10-years-old pieces that have been used at least ten thousand times. I would like to pat 21-year-old me on the back for making such a classic choice, and buying flatware and glasses for 12, not 4.

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I bought a $1.00 “Manager’s Special” bouquet of these light pinkish-purple daisies and put them in a glass pitcher from my grandma, and that’s it! Easy-peasy everyday dining with a little bit of flair.

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These kind of remind me of dance-y party dresses; the “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes” song kept running through my head while I was putting this together. The Julie Andrews version, not the Carrie Underwood version.

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I feel like this kind of setting–everyday but fancy–is like that awesome pair of jeans or comfy pencil skirt that makes you look like a million bucks but feels more like pajamas. Or the hairstyle that takes 5 minutes, stays put all day, and makes you look like a movie star.


Silver fluted charger: Tuesday Morning
Cobalt Fiestaware dinner plate: Homer Laughlin
White Pottery Barn Salad Plate: Pottery Barn Caterer’s Box
Turquoise Fiestaware dessert plate: Homer Laughlin
Floral napkin: Pier 1 (old)
Teal napkin: Pier 1
Silver napkin ring: Macy’s
Silver flaterware: Target (super old)
Tumblers: Target (super old)

  1. 7 January 2014 7:06 pm

    I’m sorry to see your personal blog end but I’m glad you’re still “around”. This is a beautiful fresh table setting – one area I def don’t pay enough attention to: presentation.

    • 8 January 2014 10:08 am

      It’s been a fun new hobby, I figured I may as well use (and share) all those dishes I’ve been collecting for years! :)


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