Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring Table For Two {Budget Friendly}

TSE is a happy woman today. I had the pleasure of catching up with an old friend for a few hours and we enjoyed a fab lunch in the backyard. It was a bit cool-ish, but I managed to find a sunny spot to set everything up. We enjoyed a light lunch of mini chicken salad sandwiches on pumpernickel, our favorite mini pretzels, watermelon skewers soaked in minty simple syrup and sipped on watermelon lemonade. I probably don't need to add that there were TONS of giggles all afternoon.

I had been working on a "table on a budget" tablescape for a few weeks, with the goal of using items from thrift stores, dollar stores and things I already owned. There was one stipulation to using things I owned, they had to be less than $5, and I pulled it off. It was easy to do because I'm forever shopping for a bargain, but this time, I was shopping in my own home. A few things to note, everything doesn't have to be a part of a matched set and ribbon is your friend.

The basic table began like this:

And the end result is a simple, uncluttered table for two.

I'll do a breakdown in another post, detailing each piece. Today, I just wanted to show you that you can create a lovely table on a very small budget.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and that you'll find inspiration to spend a little time thrifting or visiting a dollar store or two as well as shopping your home for great pieces to create a pretty table. You just may be surprised by what you'll discover. Why not start with Memorial Day?

Sheila Denise


  1. Thanks Q! It was a fun challenge.

  2. AnonymousMay 18, 2011

    Very nice, I love the green.

  3. Cynthia AllisonMay 18, 2011

    You always leave me wanting more. This is classically beautiful. I believe that you could have served hog mogs in this beautiful table setting and your guest would have licked their fingers with delight.

  4. Thank you Anon. That shade of green is my "happy" color!!

  5. Cynthia:

    You've given me a HUGE laugh!! Thank you for your kind words.

  6. Love the green!! One of my favorite colors and so perfect on your table! Stopping by from CG today~ I host a Friday decorating party if you would like to come join sometime- love this!

  7. Thanks so much Courtney. I'd love to join your Friday party! Thanks for the invitation.