It’s tablescape day for my monthly dinner club and this month is all about a taste of Italy! I just love creating tablescapes and I can’t wait to show you a rustic italian dinner party table I put together.
If you’re coming over from Stacy at Bricks N Blooms, welcome! I’m so glad you are here! Wasn’t her Italian themed table so beautiful?
In case you are new here, I am part of a virtual monthly dinner club with 4 other blogger friends. Every month we create a tablescape and a menu around a theme.
Here are a few tablescapes that I created last year, in case you missed them. You can click the link at the bottom of each photo to see the post.
When I’m creating a tablescape, I like to start with an inspiration piece. This gives me direction with what I want the table to look like, and then the ideas start coming from there.
For this table, the inspiration was actually a couple of different things. The first thought I had was wine bottles.
I knew that would go well with an Italian theme, and the next thing was my small potted olive tree. I think wine and olives definitely says “Italian”.
a rustic Italian place setting
I started by putting a runner of brown paper down the center of the table.
For each place setting, I used a large oval plate/platter. I found a set of 4 at a thrift store recently, for $2 each.
Next, I layered an oval wooden board on top of the plate. Also thrifted for $2 each.
Then, I topped each plate with a mini baguette wrapped in parchment paper, tied with twine and a sprig of rosemary tucked in.
I pulled a piece of twine through the center of a wine cork and wrapped it around brown/white striped napkins as a napkin ring.
To get the twine throught the wine cork, I drilled a small hole, then used a needle with a large eye threaded with the twine.
My thrifted vintage silverware was placed to the left of each plate
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a rustic Italian centerpiece
For the centerpiece, I used my inspiration pieces which was my small olive tree plant and wine bottles.
Next, I added a few pieces of grapevine down the center of the table and around the olive tree.
I used a basket I already had for the olive tree container and placed it in the center of the table.
Then I used lots of wine bottles randomly place on either side of the olive tree and added an ivory taper to each wine bottle. I dripped candle wax down the bottle for a bit of a rustic look.
I have a collection of demijohns and they were the perfect addition to my rustic italian dinner party table.
In case you aren’t familiar with demijohns, they were used as early as the 1400’s for fermenting wine and beer. They were also used to store liquids such as wine, olive oil, cider, etc.
I had an empty olive oil can which was perfect to hold breadsticks.
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finishing touches to an rustic Italian dinner
I ordered vintage wine label printables from Etsy for less than $3.00. I placed them randomly along my table to finish off my rustic Italian dinner table. And sprinkled wine corks around the table, as well.
And lastly, I added a ring of grapevine to the back of the arm chairs on either end of my table.
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I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created a rustic Italian dinner party tablescape.
Next up, on our tablescape tour is Jen from Midwest Life & Style and you don’t want to miss her beautiful and creative table.
Be sure and take a look at all the other tables for lots of inspiration for creating your own Italian theme dinner party. Click the link at the bottom of each photo to go right to the post.
ciao for now,
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