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My Five Favorites | Tabletop Accessories


Hello friends! Can you believe it’s already the first Tuesday of OCTOBER? Is anyone else wondering where this entire year has gone? I love the first Tuesday of the month because it’s the day I host My Five Favorites along with my inspiring friends Kris from Driven By Decor, Pam from Simple Details and Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles. I always look forward seeing what these ladies come up with each month and hearing from you on your favorites too. This month with the holidays fast approaching, we are all chatting about our must-have tabletop items for entertaining.

With tables in mind we are beyond excited to have the creative and talented Kelley from Kelley Nan guest hosting with us! You probably already know Kelley from Instagram (if you happen to be one of her 106,000 followers!); Kelley’s blog is also filled with all sorts of beautiful vignettes and gorgeous tablescapes.fall-table-with-garland-and-pumpkin-as-centerpiece

Thank you for joining us today Kelley!!



I typically gravitate towards simple and easy tablescapes, but there are some items I love to use that elevate a dinner to a special event. And you know my mantra…..enjoy-life-every-day-is-a-special-occasion


Here are a few of my essential table accessories.

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I have several beautiful, fine tablecloths, but I love to use scarves and wraps on my table too. They can give a table an unexpected and colorful punch. I threw this one on the diagonal to lend a little interest and let the wood tone peek out.


I handwashed the scarf after I used it on the table and it was good to go. I’m so glad I busted it out of the drawer and enjoyed it!


Blanket scarves are so big this year. I keep an eye out at Charming Charlies or TJ Maxx for inexpensive, pretty wraps that could work in my house. I just ordered this black and white plaid one to wear to football games this fall, and I’m thinking it would be fun to do a Thanksgiving table with it with deep garnet and magenta colored flowers. You can also drape a blanket scarf over the back of a chair or your couch for a touch of cozy this fall. See – I can think of all sorts of ways to justify a purchase! Just ask my husband 🙂



In addition to something special on the table, cloth napkins are a must. The entire wicker chest in my foyer is literally stuffed with linens of all colors,

but truthfully my favorite napkins are simple white cotton ones.


Tarjay has hemstitched 100% cotton napkins, 4 for less than $8 and you will have them for years. Definitely an essential tabletop item! Soaking them in diluted white vinegar is a great way to get stains out and keep them white.




Best thing we registered for almost 20 years ago, hands down! Our white dishes are used daily and dressed up for special occasions too. We also have fine china but our white dishes are so versatile that 9 times out of 10 we use them rather than the china. They easily mix with other white pieces, work with any season and color palette, and food looks great on white.


Our set is Staccato by Crate & Barrel and it is SO hard wearing, we still have most of our original set after 2 decades and a family of five abusing it every day.

I picked up 4 of these scalloped plates last spring to have extras for a crowd and think the edging is cute. The center of the plate is not as deep as my Crate & Barrel ones but they do the trick for a dinner party.




Break out the good stuff for special and ordinary occasions alike! I like mixing in my Galway or Waterford Crystal wine glasses with everyday drinking glasses.


I love the way crystal catches the light and sparkles, it makes a table dance and come alive!


My blue glasses are from the Chistmas Tree Shoppe and they have been surprisingly decent quality for $2 apiece! Be careful when you buy colored glass that the glass is actually colored and it’s not clear glass that has been dipped into a colored solution, which wears away in the dishwasher eventually.





Water hyacinth chargers are great for bringing a little texture to the table. I use them all the time, not so much to protect the table but more because I just like the way they look.

img_5515Ikea has similar place mats for under $4. These chargers are sold in a set of 4 and look like better quality than the ones I have.




My #1 favorite element for a table – fresh flowers or greens! They make such a difference to brighten and cheer a space!



Hooray for Trader Joes and a yard of overgrown vegetation!


Even for Sunday brunch, just a few cuttings from the yard bring some life and cheer to the table. (Those apple cider donuts were insanely good by the way, they were devoured before the rest of brunch could be served!)



Light | Lantern (similar) | Chairs | Chargers | Plates | Glass Hurricane | Crystal 

That’s a wrap! My five favorite tabletop accessories:

Linens – White Plates – Crystal & Glassware – Chargers – Flowers & Greens

What are your favorites??

Grab another cup of coffee and check out what these lovely ladies have to say on the matter and thanks for stopping by!

Kris | Driven By Decor

Pam | Simple Details

Jennifer | Dimples & Tangles

and our special guest host,

Kelley | Kelley Nan

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Lynn Spencer

Saturday 15th of October 2016

Hi Lisa...we clearly share a brain! I have drawers overflowing with cloth napkins and collect them when I travel. I love to pull out the napkins to remember where I was when I purchased them. And after my Waterford sat in my china cabinet for the past 20 years, I'm finally using my wine glasses on a regular basis. It does seem that everything tastes better when in a beautiful glass. Thanks for all the great table setting tips. The scarf idea...Brilliant! And now I just need to know...what time do I need to arrive for dinner tomorrow?

have a great weekend, Lynn


Sunday 16th of October 2016

Come on over Lynn! I enjoy my good crystal so much, I'm glad you use yours too! It's such a waste to never use it isn't it? Hope you have had a wonderful weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by :)


Monday 10th of October 2016

All fab Lisa! I like the scarf idea, I will steal that someday! ;-)


Monday 10th of October 2016

A great use for the millions of scarves I have! I highly recommend for inexpensive ones!

Gretchen Thomas

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

I travelled over from and so glad I did! What a gorgeous post and feed. Love your tips!


Thursday 6th of October 2016

Hi Gretchen and welcome! Thanks for stopping by from Kelley's! She is the sweetest isn't she? Her tablescapes take entertaining to a whole new level!

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Tuesday 4th of October 2016

Agree, I think flowers make everything better.


Tuesday 4th of October 2016

Lauren don't they? :) I think I cut weeds in my yard this week - anything that's green and not poison ivy will do!

Pam @ Simple Details

Tuesday 4th of October 2016

I'm going to go check my scarves, that's a great idea! (I love your new one, too. It would be pretty for Christmas with red.) Yes, to white dishes, ours were a wedding present 20 years ago, too! And, I can't believe you all have woven chargers ~ where have I been, I love them!!


Tuesday 4th of October 2016

I need all the blanket scarves I can get for Friday night football games! I can't believe you don't have woven chargers! Shocked!! You definitely need them :)