Setting a formal table should be done with ease as if it were everyday decorating. For those of us who love doing tablescapes, it’s like making a collage. It’s about color, texture and pattern. We have shown you how to combine these elements on our post today. Experimenting with what you already have and can readily get your hands on, moving those things around and putting them together cohesively as well as mixing them up a bit is the key to success. By doing so, you can create a sense of movement and variety in your tablescape; one that is unique to you, your home and your heritage. You don’t have to go shopping or spend a lot of money. To be creative, you have to be willing to step out of your comfort zone and do the things that speak to you, and make you happy. That can be accomplished by looking around your home, pulling things together that you love and build a central theme for your tablescape. Remember, your table should be beautiful as well as functional; however, your guests and the conversation should be the focus, always. Coming up with your own idea and using a combination of china, crystal, silverware and linens you already own is half the fun. We have used a crisp white linen tablecloth and matching dinner napkins as the foundation for our beautiful formal tablescape; these items are a good investment to make. You will be able to use these companions dressing them up or down, depending on your selection of china and crystal. We have chosen to formalize our table by using silver, antique etched crystal stemware, Wedgewood bone china and sterling silver flatware. Notice that we have not used placemats; the simplicity of the setting demands your attention. Our birds, artichokes and china create a flowing color scheme that is pleasing as well as beautiful. A touch of whimsy is given by our parrots! The French epergne and candelabra add the distinction this table commands. Elegance and beauty are exuded from this beautiful setting. Look around your home and pull together the things that have meaning to you, combine them with all those beautiful heirlooms you have and create your own tablescape. The holidays are coming. Get busy girls, you have work to do!