I want to share with you how to create 7 unique place settings using a white plate.
The same white plate in each place setting.
Because creating an effortless, yet stunning, tablescape lies in one simple item – the white dinner plate.
Did you know that your white dinner plate is considered the “little black dress” of a table setting?
It’s the one item you can always use as the foundation of a place setting. No matter the holiday, the color theme, or the style you are going for on your table.
It will always work.
In a pinch, your white dinner plate will be your go-to piece.
Think of a white dinner plate as the canvas for your place setting.
You can layer under it or on top of it, You can incorporate eye-catching patterns, natural elements, or decorative items with it.
Check out the unique place settings using a white plate below, and how they are each different, yet simple and attractive.
How To Create 7 Unique Place Settings Using a White Plate
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Before diving into each of the place settings, I want to be clear ~ these are simple place settings. I didn’t add silverware, glassware, or decorative items. I want you to feel they are attainable. My goal wasn’t to blow you away with amazing place settings that you don’t feel you can replicate.
I want you to feel you, too, can easily create these place settings.
They’re to provide inspiration. For you to see how versatile a simple white dinner plate is in a place setting.
That a white dinner plate can be the core of your dishware.
1. Natural place setting with a white dinner plate
To create a natural looking place setting, start with a beautiful rattan placemat. Then add your white dinner place and a salad plate.
Next slip a soft, airy linen fringe napkin through the easiest DIY napkin ring.
2. Mixed pattern place setting
Your white dinner plate is the perfect backdrop to a mixed pattern place setting.
Start with a plaid placemat and add your dinner and salad plate.
Then select a napkin with a different print, but with colors that compliment the placemat. Also, choose a napkin ring with a pattern.
Now fold the napkin into a square, then take two opposite corners and fold them in to create a point. slide the point through your napkin ring about a third of the way down. Then fold the point behind the napkin ring, and fan out the bottom of the napkin.
Doesn’t it look like a pretty dress!
3. White dinner plate in a pretty place setting
White dinner plates are perfect for creating a pretty place setting.
Pick a soft colored charger plate, like my teal one, and add your white dinner plate. For the napkin, I opted to use one of my diy no-sew napkins and slid it through my diy paper napkin ring.
The best part of diy napkin rings is you can make them match your place setting.
4. Farmhouse place setting
Creating a farmhouse style place setting is all about the pattern. In this case ~ the stripes. The mix of thin and thick stripes.
Adding a napkin with a checkerboard pattern, in a matching color really gives it that farmhouse style.
Layering the napkin between your two plates provides a fun mix of white plates and table linens.
5. Classic all-white place setting
There’s something beautiful about an all-white place setting.
Start with a fabulous placemat, like the one below, with incredible hemstitch detail. Then add your white plates, and place a matching napkin, folded, next to the plates.
I just love the classic beauty of this place setting.
6. A white plate in a bold and colorful place setting
You probably didn’t realize how good a white plate looks in a colorful place setting.
Just start with a bold, colorful patterned placemat and add your white plates. Then pick a bold colored napkin that matches your placemat.
Grab a napkin ring with the same colors as your placemat and slide it onto your napkin. Wrap the ends of your napkin under the salad plate.
*My napkin ring is a piece of ribbon from Joann’s that I cut and attached the ends. Doesn’t it match perfectly!
7. Simply elegant place setting
Creating a simply elegant place setting with a white dinner plate looks effortless, and it is!
An elegant place setting must have a charger plate. Decide if you want to go with gold or silver. Then pick a sparkling napkin ring to match.
Voila! A stunning place setting!
After seeing these different place settings, you can see how the white dinner plate is the essential foundation and perfect backdrop for beautiful place settings.
With the right supporting pieces, the white dinner plate can have a big impact on your table.
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This is so fun and creative! Thank you!
Aww ~ thank you!
Pretty ideas – and those seagrass napkin rings are SO my style! Pinned – thanks for sharing!
Shelly ~ Yay! So nice to hear that you like them. Thank you for letting me know!
Thank you so much! I have white plates and I love the different ideas you share to add a pop!
These are some fab ideas! White Plates really are so versatile! Thank you for sharing!
So happy to hear that you like them! Thanks for letting me know.