Whenever I host friends, I always treat my dining table as an opportunity to decorate and create a beautiful display and my recent coffee and pastry get together was no exception.  I had so much fun putting it together and so today, I’m sharing a few tips on how to create a  beautiful and everyday elegant dining display.

TIDBITS&TWINECreating a Beautiful Dining Display


First and foremost, I believe that an elegantly set table doesn’t need to be overly fussy or even include the “good” china.  In fact, basic everyday dinnerware is like the little black dress.  It can be dressed up or dressed down and used for any occasion to provide everyday elegance.  These basic items are practical enough for everyday use, but elegant enough to create a beautiful display for a gathering of friends.

TIDBITS&TWINE - Beautiful Dining Finds for Everyday Elegance
1. Creamer   2. Sugar Bowl  3. Aqua Glass   4. Salad Plate  5. Napkin  6. Spatula  7. Mug  8. Mason Jar 9. Drying Rack



I love the 3-tier Glass Drying Rack because unlike so many, it is more compact and so fits on the counter under the kitchen cabinets allowing easy access to cups and mugs without being in the way.  I also love basic white or cream dinnerware because they coordinate with everything and allow the food to take center stage.  These Provence Salad Plates have a delicate fluted edge that adds interest and detail while still maintaining their simple look.

TIDBITS&TWINE Basic White Dinnerware can be dressed up on down depending on the occasion!


Tips & Tidbits

  • To get the biggest bang for your buck, invest in some basic pieces that are practical enough for everyday use but pretty enough for special occasions.
  • When creating a dining display (or tablescape), use a variety of heights for added interest.  Choose an item to act as a centerpiece or anchor object in the display and then work down from there.  Smaller items can be given height by placing them on pedestals, trays, or even wooden cutting boards.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix it up!  One display can include both old and new,  shiny and dull, smooth and rough, to create a unique and custom look for the occasion!
  • Group like items together so that they are within easy reach of your quests while maximizing your available space.



Are you ready to see how the display turned out?  Click {HERE} for all of the pictures and details!



Tidbits&Twine - Signature




Note: This post is part of a partnership with World Market but all of the opinions and ideas are my own. I always make a point to share with you only things that I truly love and this is no exception!




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  1. Kim,
    This has been such a fun series. I really love the items you’ve featured and I know I’ll be frequenting my World Market/Cost Plus more often in search of some treasures.

  2. What a great post! I love mixing and matching my collections for table displays!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

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