Whether your spouse is away for work, or you live in a college dorm, or if you simply have a home all to yourself, dining alone can be a lovely experience. Today, I’m sharing 7 elements of a single fall tablescape in installment 2 of Table for One!
TABLE FOR ONE, THE BEGINNING
A couple months back, I had the opportunity to share about a wonderful farmhouse coastal subscription box from Sand Dollar Lane. The box I received contained items for “Dining Al Fresco”, and I decided to blog about it. However, the box included (among other beautiful and fun items) place settings for four. Well, there is only ONE in my home, and not much room for a table for four (at least not that would be easy to photograph 😉 )
You can see the very first installment of Table for One HERE, along with the info for Sand Dollar Lane Subscription Box.
After trying to figure out how I was going to do a full tablescape, I thought, “Single dining can be lovely, too! Why can’t I do a tablescape for one?” So I did! Table for One was ‘born’, and I loved it! And so did lots of others!
7 ELEMENTS OF A SINGLE FALL TABLESCAPE, TABLE FOR ONE #2
Today, you’ll see what elements create a lovely and colorful fall table for one person. However, remember that this table setting can translate into two, four, six or more settings!
Element 1: Set Your Table for One On a Lovely Surface
When living in a small home, like My Wee Abode, there are only so many places where you can have a meal. I normally like to eat on the floor, doing blog work (just keeping it real), but I do use a nice tray. 😉 I also have my wonderful portable island, which makes for a nicer dining experience, and this is where today’s single fall tablescape, table for one #2 is being featured!
Element 2: Use a Tablecloth or Placemat
Tablecloths are often a nice touch for a formal dinner party. But, when setting a table for one, you often don’t need a tablecloth because you usually sit at a small table or counter.
For this single fall tablescape, I used a vintage, round linen cloth. Not sure what this was used for originally, but I have used this often in My Wee Abode as a foundation for a vignette, or just softly draped out of a basket. Today, it gives the effect of a placemat.
I think the round shape and embroidered detail adds a lovely touch to the plates.
Element 3: Use More Than One Plate
When setting a table for one, using more than one plate elevates the dining experience. (It’s also helpful to use a smaller plate for smaller portions… so I’m told! 😉 )
Here, a white beaded plate is used as a charger underneath an aqua blue gradient glass plate. Love the ombre look of this plate!
Element 4: Use Nice Utensils
If all you have is bent and chewed up silverware (we all have had battles with the garbage disposal, right?), it’s time to pick up a few replacements. Using lovely silverware makes dining much more enjoyable, and you can pick up pretty vintage silverware at just about any thrift shop, flea market, or consignment store. Mix and match them… it adds interest to a table for one!
Element 5: Use Pretty Linens
Since I moved into My Wee Abode, I have had to work on keeping a tighter budget. One of the things I have done is to start using cloth napkins in place of paper napkins. My fave napkins are the set I picked up at Walmart from the Pioneer Woman line. They were inexpensive, and they wash and dry so nicely!
Other options for napkins… make your own or pick up single napkins in the clearance section at HomeGoods. I have a friend that even uses pretty and soft wash cloths as napkins!
Element 6: Use Stemware
There’s just something special about drinking a beverage out of a pedestal glass or mug! The goblet shown here is from the Hearth and Home line at Target. Right now, they are on clearance, but still not “clearanced” enough for this girl! I picked up one for this tablescape, and I hope to add 3 more, as soon as the price goes down a wee bit more (Don’t worry, there were LOTS of them). This girl needs to replace her Coke glasses with some big girl glasses. 😉 Keeping it real… See what I mean HERE!
Element 7: Set a Lovely “Centerpiece”
Last, but most definitely not least, add an element of ‘extra’ lovely to your single fall tablescape by setting a ‘centerpiece’. You don’t have to get fancy here… just some florals, greenery (faux or real), and a candle will give your single dining time a bit of atmosphere. And, if you do use faux florals, you can keep the whole centerpiece there for several days or weeks… you don’t need to set it each time!
For this fall tablescape I used a couple sprigs of faux eucalyptus, tiny white flowers, one of my DIY Velvet Pumpkins, and a votive candle. Easy peasy!
Bonus Element: Don’t forget the Salt and Pepper
My dad always wanted two sets of salt and pepper shakers on the table, one at each end. He liked the convenience of not having to pass the spices back-and-forth (yeah, he was funny that way!) So, as a nod to my dad, I like to keep a nice set of shakers on the table. 😉
I hope these 7 elements of a single fall tablescape have been helpful! Do you like to add special touches to your dining table, whether for single dining or for your fam? What do you do to make your meal times special?
I love hearing from you in the comments! I read and reply to every single comment, so please share! 😉