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  1. Lisa
    May 5, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

    I love the idea of layering the placemats- I hadn’t thought of that before!


  2. angela
    May 6, 2009 @ 7:55 am

    thanks for the great tips so many times we will find great items at thrift stores and not know how to display


  3. Emily
    May 6, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    This is a great checklist. We often opt for floral tablecloths in colors that coordinate with our other decor. Then we use a centerpiece such as a large candle, several candles, a large vase, etc. Once, we set floating tea-candles into a large urn of water for a Christmas party. That was beautiful! It’s a challenge to make a beautiful table for large gatherings when you’re preparing for 15, 20, or 30 people.


  4. ellen b
    May 6, 2009 @ 4:35 pm

    What great tips…
    Thank you


  5. Mid-Atlantic Martha
    May 6, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    What great suggestions! Thanks for the share.


  6. KBeau
    May 6, 2009 @ 5:01 pm

    All great tips. I’m going to have to go back and read your buying tips.


  7. abeachcottage
    May 7, 2009 @ 2:49 am

    oooh, some good tips here

    happy tablescaping



  8. Susan
    May 7, 2009 @ 3:58 am

    great tips! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan


  9. Marty
    May 7, 2009 @ 5:56 am

    What a great tutorial. I am in the very beginning learning stage of tablescaping. Some really creative and helpful suggestions. I so look forward to the next post on tablesetting. Great information. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty


  10. Chandy
    May 7, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    I’m glad I already do most of these tips! Yay! Subscribing to Better Homes and Gardens and Good Housekeeping are paying off. ;-)


  11. Chari
    May 7, 2009 @ 9:32 am


    What a wonderful and informative post! I’m always “up” for more tablescaping ideas! It’s funny…I’ve got a future tablescape in planning mode and have thought to use 2 placemats…layering them for more color! Sheeshhh…and I thought my idea was an original one…hehe!!! Thanks again for all of the great ideas!!!

    Warmest wishes,


  12. Kim
    May 7, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

    Great info! Thanks for sharing it.


  13. Topics about Weddings | How to Design Budget Tablescapes that Look Expensive
    May 8, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    […] Homemaker Barbi added an interesting post today on How to Design Budget Tablescapes that Look ExpensiveHere’s a small readingLast week in Tablescapes: Budget Table Settings that Look Expensive , we learned 8 different ways to buy budget tablescape supplies.  If you haven’t read it already, go check it out.  Now, we’re going to learn how to take all those thrifty table setting items and put them together into frugal tablescapes that look expensive (but won’t break the bank). The first part of creating gorgeous magazine-quality tablescapes on a budget is to start with frugal supplies that look expensive.  […]


  14. Sunny
    May 14, 2009 @ 11:05 pm

    Barbie, Thank-You so much yet again for the BEST ideas. It goes to show to use what you have and round things out using yard sales, thrift shops, and flea markets……That is what I do!!!
    I am complimented , all of the time on most things in my home…..I like to have different items from what most people have with the cookie cutter items. I have always wished to have all kinds of different things, and my Artistic side does peak out and show itself all of the time!!!

    Thank-You again for giving everyone such good ideas, and for helping so many people.

    Sincerely Yours, Sunny :-D


  15. CyberGwen
    June 1, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    Love the tips!

    I find when it comes to tablescaping, it is really time to think outside the box. There are very few things that can’t go on the table, it is all about scale. The favorite scape that I have done was for New Year’s Eve. I took some extra black velvet that I had around, threw is over a box for some height, and then placed my grandmother’s old rhinestone costume jewelry around it. It sparkled and shined once I placed some candles on the table.


  16. CyberGwen
    June 4, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    I don’t think that I did take pictures, but I will the next time! So many times I get so excited about the doing of projects, that I forget to take photos of the before and after. BAD Gwen!


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  18. Farah
    April 19, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

    What a great tuotorial it is… I am desoeratly in search for a good hints about tablescaping… and you did it in a fab way… easy to understand … and interesting to read… not like a burden to read… My heartly thanks for sharing it… I am going to follow you too
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  19. Lauree Sayne
    February 7, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    I love your checklist and the layering, it adds so many opportunities for variety! Even though this post is a few years old, it still works. I’m going to feature it on my page later this month.


  20. Home Ever After
    May 7, 2009 @ 8:07 am

    @Marty: Glad to be of help! There’s a lot to learn in the beginning, but once you know the basics, the fun of designing can take over :)



  21. Home Ever After
    May 14, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    @Sunny: Congratulations on your stunning house and creative decorating using budget goodies! You are very welcome and thank you for all the compliments. I made this site just for you, and for everyone like you and me who love to get and share new ideas. You made my day with your kind words, and I know more and more each day that Homemaker Barbi is achieving its mission to help and teach people something new every day. Thank YOU!



  22. Home Ever After
    June 1, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

    @Gwen: I use boxes a lot too under draped fabric. You can add the shape you need, and no one will ever know (or care) what’s under the fabric – all that matters is the end result. Do you have pics of your New Years’ tablescape?


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