Day 26: Using Accent Dishes to Compliment Your Table Setting

Thanks for joining me in my “30 Days of Summer Entertaining” series. (Scroll down to the bottom for previous posts in this series) :)

Over the years, I’ve loved picking up accent dishes from the Dollar Store or clearance isles, that can be used for salad or dessert plates, or even side plates for bread. They go so well with standard white dinner dishes.

Start with a solid tablecloth, then your white dishes, and then add bright, cheery “accent” dishes.

I bought these daisy plates for $1 from Target. They really add a touch of happiness with my daisies that are blooming right now!

You can add fresh flowers, or even snip ONE flower from your pots and add fresh greenery.

Tie it all together for a fresh and summery tablescape!

Do you use accent plates to compliment your table settings?

If you’ve missed the last 25 days of this series, you can catch up now:

Day 1: Summer Entertaining is About the People
Day 2: When Perfect Robs You of Something Good
Day 3: Who To Invite to Dinner
Day 4: Planning the Menu for Outdoor Entertaining
Day 5: Setting the Table Using What You Have
Day 6: Using One Classic Water Glass
Day 7: Napkin Options for Summer Entertaining
Day 8: When You Feel Like Canceling the Party
Day 9: Leave Your Technology at the Front Door
Day 10: Candles That Enhance Good Conversation
Day 11: Serving Flavored Herb and Fruit Water
Day 12: Leafy Greens and a Tiny Bit of Agave
Day 13: Keeping Nut and Fruits and Cheeses on Hand for Easy Appetizers
Day 14: Move Your Table to a Different Space
Day 15: Greek Salad on a Stick and Getting the Kids Involved
Day 16: Three Lies of Perfectionism that Ruin Entertaining Moments
Day 17: Be Creative When You Run Out of Linens for Your Dinner Party
Day 18: Gather Around a Fire for Intimate Summer Entertaining
Day 19: Last Minute Father’s Day Invite and Pork Chops with Glazed Apricots
Day 20: Summer Entertaining GIVEAWAY from National Pork Board
Day 21: Create a Simple Appetizer Basket for Last-Minute Guests
Day 22: How to Change the Menu When Guests Cancel & Sweet Summer Salad
Day 23: Keeping the Conversation Strong with Summer Berry Crisp
Day 24: Music at a Summer Dinner Party
Day 25: Adding Dried Rosemary to your Barbecue

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7 Responses to “Day 26: Using Accent Dishes to Compliment Your Table Setting”

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    Kirstin — June 26, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    I have some smaller clear plates that we use for dessert, but I don’t really have accent plates, but I love the idea. I’m going to start keeping my eyes open

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    Cheryl — June 26, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Oh yes…I love accent plates! I adore dishes (I’m thinking that most women do!) and would love to have a huge collection. But cost is a factor, and storage space is too…so I content myself with my white dishes and jazz up my table with serving pieces or accent plates.
    What do you think of using melamine accent pieces with your white dishes? Do you think it’s a no-no to use “mixed media”? ;-)

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    Dawn W — June 26, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    I do use accent plates. I have three main sets of dishes (one solid white) and mix in accent plates with all of them. I have some solid accent plates (think seasonal colors) as well as some themed plates (snowmen, seashells, etc). I think it makes the table look so festive without any extra effort. Accent plates have actually come close to an addiction for me at times. It’s like being able to get a whole new dinner service for just a few dollars. Now, if I could just get that warehouse to store them all! Ha!

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    Darla — June 26, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    You are so clever, the plates and flowers make the table don’t they? I don’t really use accent plates as such. I have blue/white china and then I have a set of ruby red dishes so I mix the red sometimes. I also have a collection of old “candlewick” (clear glass). I mostly have serving pieces of that so sometimes I mix that with the blue and white.

    Darla

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    Trisha — June 26, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    What a beautiful idea! Economical and very doable. Thank you!!

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    Barbara Collins — June 27, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Why yes I do! Thanks for all the tips this summer. So inspiring.

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    Heather-Marie — June 28, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I love how you are thinking ahead but how do I make sure I am not wasting money? I have a basement full of cute things I bought but I have a hard time bringing things together. Do you have a plan in mind when you buy things on clearance? Or am I missing some kind of gene that helps me make beautiful settings? LOL

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