WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY - Beautiful and Budget Friendly

It's another TABLESCAPE THURSDAY hosted by our lovely friend, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. For dozens of beautiful tablescapes, please pop over to her site for a visit.
My tablescape is called "Beautiful and Budget Friendly" and it goes to show that you can have a lovely table on any sized budget. So this week I decided to pull together an Easter tablescape featuring items from the DOLLAR TREE. Everything except the rattan basket trays came from the DT and I've outfitted the entire table for under $30 Bucks! Chocolate bunnies were my original inspiration for color and theme. I found these Beatrix Potter bunnies and decided that yellow would be the perfect complement.
In yesterday's post I showed how I put together my little flower vases. Here they are all lined up in a row. The little votive candle holders came 2 for $1! They are wrapped in yellow print paper with soft purple flowers.


To add a little pizzazz to the white stoneware plates, I cut a length of yellow grosgrain ribbon and tucked it under the edges of the plate. The chocolate bunny added the only other embelishment.
These cut glass goblets and juice glasses are by Libbey. They are rather weighty and I loved the design. It really catches the light.
I found the brown metal candle holders with the daisy punchouts and thought they could be used as coasters. They worked perfectly. (Look under the goblet)
Finding these yellow, white and brown striped placemats was exciting because I knew they would pull my color scheme together. Yeah! So bright and cheery! These will work great during the summer months when we grill and dine outside on the deck.

There is no pattern name printed on the back of these plates. I really liked their simplicity. Rule #1 - If you don't have a big budget for tableware, buy WHITE dishes. Nothing is more versatile. As you can add additional pieces, you can mix in color and pattern with salad plates or bowls, etc.

It's a little hard to see but I layered shredded cardboard between the basket tray and the plate. It gives a nod to the grass found in children's Easter baskets. I found this in the gift wrap sections at DT. It was available in various colors but I liked the natural look of the brown.

Well I hope you've enjoyed "Beautiful and Budget Friendly". With just a little money and a little imagination you can pull together lots of fun and beautiful tables. Hope you have a very Happy Easter! Until I see you again,
Happy Decorating!
~Alisa









46 comments:

Terri and Bob said...

I love the brown and yellow! The coasters are totally adorable and can be used in so many creative ways. I have a post today too, on our daughter's first anniversary. I don't know if you are a reader on my blog, but if you are interested, write me at steffes3@embarqmail.com

Peggy said...

HI Alisa, Yours is the very first tablescape that I like to visit on Thursday mornings and you never disappoint. Well put together and loved the simplicity of the bunnies at the plates. The bright yellow is so cheery. Enjoyed it! Peggy from PA

susan said...

I'm a Dollar Tree girl too! I can walk in with a gloomy mood and $5 and come out a happy camper! Thanks for showing us a budget friendly tablescape!

carolinajewel said...

Lovely table! Those yellow daisies are so cheery and your table fits that cheery bright mood so well. I love the shredded paper under the plates - great idea! :D Jewel

Scribbler said...

You always do the most creative things -- things why I like your blog and never miss it.

Scribbler

Melanie said...

What a great idea to use the BP bunnies!
Melanie@Bella~Mella

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a pretty tablescape! And I love your tape idea for the flower frogs - thanks for passing that tip on! Just lovely!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful table Alisa!! I love it all and could not believe you shopped the Dollar Tree, for these wonderful elements!

Great job!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Very pretty and cheerful. I love that your did it on a budget.

Dream Mom said...

So pretty and cheery! I love the chocolate bunnies and the yellow ribbon; it's great to see something different than the usual pastel bunnies. I love those striped placemats and the texture from the basket and the shredded cardboard. Beautiful job!

santamaker said...

Lovely easter setting and even better that it was DT !! The ribbon you put under the bunnies is just the perfect touch.

once in a blue moon... said...

this is adorable, such cute bunnies! you do great table...

Bo said...

Awesome tablescape with many clever ideas...I'm going to remember the shreds under the dinner plate! ;-) Bo

marty39 said...

I love the cheery color of the yellow and chocolate. So pretty. Beautiful attention to every detail. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

ceekay said...

I love, love, love the dollar tree. I can't believe the women I know who Won't shop there! Just as your table shows, you can have elegance and theme without spending a lot of money. My favorite is using what I have and updating with a few dollar tree accents. I had the little brown candle holder in my hand, but I didn't buy. That's ok. I can go back!!

Janie's World said...

I love this tablescape! Very natural, but chic. I really like those trays used as individual place mats - very creative!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Alisa,
This is all so pretty and Spring like!
What a great budget friendly design as well.

Love the simple look of the Yellow ribbon and the chocolate bunnies on the plate.

Awesome TT!
~Melissa :)

Barb said...

Alisa,
Just beautiful. so bright and cheery.

Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Barbara
Jean

Lynda said...

Alisa, your tables are always a delight! No one has an excuse for not having a pretty table when even Dollar Tree has great finds we can use. :)

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Fabulous table! I loved how almost everything came from The Dollar Tree. That store is a great for helping with our tablescaping. I can afford to shop there. Thanks for showing us that a tablescape doesn't have to be expensive to look good.

~CC Catherine said...

Alisa, This is a super budget friendly post., but it's also so springy and elegant! Yellow to me is like a huge smile! Love it! ;) ~CC Catherine

Domestic Designer said...

Just beautiful! Love the yellow! You did a great job

Chari said...

Hi Alisa...

Girl, I love your pretty table!!! Love the bright yellows with the chocolatey browns!!! Your centerpiece of vases of yellow daisies is absolutely stunning...it really makes the entire table! And I just love how you covered the little votive candle holders in the pretty pastel paper! Such a nice added touch. What a grand idea...using the yellow ribbon across the plate and then to top it off with the cute Beatrix Potter chocolate bunnies...adorable!!! A fabulous table done on a budget! I did the very same thing for this week's tablescape...shopped Dollar Tree! It was a fun challenge...you'll have to come by and take a peek when you get a chance! It's always such a pleasure when you visit!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Christi at A Southern Life said...

The flower vases are the perfect touch. Love the bunnies.

Meme said...

Some wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

The American Homemaker said...

I love it! The colors and everything are just awesome!

momof3girls said...

I love the reminder of using paper wrapped around the votives to change the theme!!! Cute & inexpensive- luv it!

Mary@Boogieboard Cottage said...

I love the cheerfulness and simplicity of your Spring tablescape!

Linda said...

Really darling ideas Alisa, love the yellow with the chocolate browns. And you look so pretty in the blue by the way!
Linda Q

Shelia said...

Hi Alisa! Oh, you've outdone yourself! Your table is beautiful! The yellow is so fresh looking! Regardless of how much things costs, it's how a table is put together that matters and you know how, Dear One.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Love the yellow ribbon and chocolate bunny. The yellow ribbon really sets it off!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Alisa, I love this! Yellow is one of my favorite colors. This is so pretty and springy! Kristen

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Alisa, Love this color scheme...it's sooo cheerful! :-) The placemats are great...can't believe how inexpensively you put all this together! Love the sweet coasters. Beautiful tablescape! Susan

Cass @ That Old House said...

Gorgeous, brilliant table! Lovely composition.
Cass

Zoey said...

Elegant simplicity! I really do like the chocolate and yellow color scheme.

Great idea to put coordinating paper around the votives.

And I love the handled baskets used as chargers.

prairiedog said...

You have such good ideas!I really enjoy your blog.
Cyndi

The Stylish House said...

Alisa,
You set a lovely table, love the BP bunnies. The yellow sings spring, beautiful tablescape!
Cathy

Mary said...

If you had not said budget friendly, I'd have thought it was a very pricey table! LOVE the brown and yellow pairing, and ll the different textures on the table. Perfect!

Miss Janice said...

The yellow and brown is really cute...I love the bunnies, the placemats, and the trays!

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