My sister and brother-in-law are in town to go to the races at Keeneland. They live in California and love visiting Kentucky.
The weather is perfect to eat outside, so I have decided to set the table for brunch in the garden. Spring is finally here to stay and I have opted for a true blue and white theme. I threw some oranges into a large cylindrical vase in the middle of the table, and poured the OJ to balance out the look. I chose the Meissen blue dinnerware to co-ordinate with the pagoda napkins and practical paper placemats (wink, wink). The raffia napkin ring completes the eclectic look, combining formal with relaxed.
I never limit the possibilities when setting a table, and am always open to pushing the limits of a look. Some people are so strict when it comes to matching everything perfectly, whereas I am more comfortable when things go together nicely enough, as I believe it sets a very relaxed tone. Combining the more formal china with uber relaxed paper placemats and raffia napkin rings, as well as napkins that kind of match (they are blue) is comfortable yet refined, relaxed yet tasteful.
Don't sweat it when you don't have all the matching parts.
Have fun. Improvise. Add personality.