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We have a little tradition where we mark the start of the school holidays with a homemade brunch. During term time we rarely get the chance to have a slow, relaxing breakfast together, so when the holidays start, it’s nice to be able to sit down and catch up over some good food.
The winter school holidays start tomorrow here in Victoria. Rather than just prepare some food, I thought I’d take the opportunity to be a little ~creative~ and put together a little place setting for our “Yay, holidays!” brunch.
While I love the super fancy, elaborate table settings you see on Pinterest in theory, I’m going to be honest: I have absolutely ZERO motivation to spend that long putting together a tablescape. When it comes to meals, I’m already busy trying to avoid burning the toast or setting off the smoke alarm with my inability to cook bacon. I don’t need to be worrying about tidying up a complex table setting on top of that
So I decided to keep things nice and simple.
Inspired by the dusty hues of autumn, I put together this little table setting.
I started with a white linen-look tablecloth. On top of that I laid down a rectangle of stone-washed linen fabric, then placed a wood slice on top. A lot of craft stores stock wood slices (that’s where I got mine), but you can also find them on Amazon.
I put two run of the mill IKEA plates on top of the wood slice then placed two DIY drop cloth napkins on top of the plates. I made these napkins a while ago. The white napkin is just bleached drop cloth, while the purple napkin was made by mixing three Dylon fabric dyes: Smokey Grey, Intense Violent, and a teeny bit of Velvet Black).
With the napkins in place, I looped some jute twine around the napkin and added a little name tag I whipped up on my computer.
To finish, I pulled a few sprigs of dried lavender and silver wattle off my flower drying rack and slid them into the jute twine. I used these plants simply because I had them on hand, but you can really just pick something pretty from your garden and go with that.
All in all, each individual place setting took about five minutes to assemble, which isn’t too bad, all things considered.
I’m pretty excited for brunch. Now I just have to figure out what to actually make.
I’m 99% sure it’ll involve chocolate.
How do you like to set your table? Do you prefer elaborate or simple table settings? Do you have a go-to simple table setting you use again and again? I’d love to hear from you!