Dining when you live alone (or sometimes just eat alone… think dorm or an apartment with roomies) can sometimes be boring! Well, I’m here to say that you can elevate your dining experience with a little help from Table for One Lovely Tablescapes for Single Dining!
Hey all! Are you ready for the weekend! I sure am! I left work just a wee bit early today, as I was feeling a bit ‘meh’. Came home and took a little nap, and I feel better. Better enough to introduce to you the first installation of a new series here at My Wee Abode: Table for One, Lovely Tablescapes for Single Dining!
The Inspiration for Table for One
Earlier this year, I shared a photo on Instagram of a tray with my dinner place-setting on it. The photo originally came from a post where I shared about Three Items Every Small Home Should Own. I shared how a simple galvanized tray is so useful in a small home, including for eating my meals (a dinner table takes up too much real estate in my little home!)
I received so many ‘likes’ and comments on the Instagram photo, I decided that regularly sharing a “Table for One” might just be the ticket for those of us who live alone, or even in a home where room-mates don’t always eat together. 😉 So, let’s get to it, shall we?
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Table for One Lovely Tablescapes for Single Dining #1
For the very first Table for One, I decided to go all summery! (Summery is a word, right?)
My inspiration for this tablescape came from the Sand Dollar Lane Subscription Box. The theme for this month was Dining Al Fresco, but since it’s been so pickin’ hot here in So. Cal., I decided to bring the dining inside! (More on Sand Dollar Lane in a bit!)
Make it Simple and Easy
I love the light and airy feeling this table setting has. When dining during the summer, I like to make things simple (okay, who am I kidding, I ALWAYS like to make things simple). “Simple” works great for me being in a small home, too!
Take a look at my very first post Pros and Cons of Living in a Small Home for more about small-home-living.
I just love that pink sand dollar plate on the ivory-colored ‘charger’. So summery (I’m making it a word) and coastal!
And I think the details on the two plates complement each other perfectly! I wanted to add some dimension and interest to the table setting so I added this pretty floral napkin. I like using cloth napkins, as they are economical AND lovely!
Wrapping the napkin in twine and tying a little shell to it was super easy, and, again, gave a nod to the coastal summery vibe!
To dress up the tablescape even more, I added a little farmhouse vase with some petite flowers, a little sand-colored pot and a starfish. (Yes, yes… the flowers are faux… didn’t have time to go get real ones! Hehe!)
Simple, but so pretty! (I love how the linen runner gives an added ‘airy and light’ feel to the table.)
I learned that putting the flowers near the glass made for a more interesting setting AND photo. In five years, we’ll look back together and say, “Remember when you were figuring out how to style and take photos? Remember that first Table for One? You’ve come a long way!” At least, I hope we say that! 😉
Love the detail on the goblet!
Sand Dollar Lane Subscription Box
Now for the fun stuff! Shopping!!! (okay… MORE fun stuff!) Sand Dollar Lane subscription box offers a curated collection of coastal farmhouse home décor with a different theme every month. Each box contains 4-6 full size home decor items worth an average of $75-95!
My July box included:
- 4 pink sand dollar melamine dishes
- 4 aqua melamine goblets
- 1 orange melamine pitcher (my fave)
- 4 teal placemats, and
- 2 silicone ice cube trays (palm tree and flamingos).
Where is the orange pitcher you ask??? The outside (al fresco) photo shoot went south, but I’m gonna show you the pitcher anyways! (Remember, folks, 5 years!)
Isn’t it sweet?! It’s hard to tell here, but it has the same scroll-y detail as the goblets.
The August subscription box theme is “Light and Breezy”… you can get a sneak peek HERE. To get your first Sand Dollar Lane subscription box, simply click on my affiliate link HERE, or on the Sand Dollar Lane photo in the sidebar. Want 10% off???? Use the code ‘myweeabode10’ at checkout!
So, what do you think about this first Table for One tablescape post? I’m totally learning as I go along, so would love to hear what your thoughts are! What should I include next time? What did I miss this time? Let’s chat in the comments!
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