I get the most joy out of setting the table whenever I entertain at home. The thought that I needed fancy tableware and expensive linens to successfully dress a table was quickly turned around once I learned how to get creative with items I already owned. Inspired by the brilliant combinations of unexpected ingredients of Curate snack bars, I’ve created place settings under four different themes. For instance, layering plates doesn’t have to look uptight and formal, mixing and matching glassware can look completely chic and intentional, and throwing the rules out when it comes to “proper” flatware is totally okay. Oh, and don’t forget the flowers! They are the key to pulling the elements of your tablescape together. No vase? Just put them in a water glass, like I do! See? It’s all about being resourceful!

IndulgentThere’s nothing more indulgent than pure whites, bright golds and dark colors like black and brown. I’m also a big believer in mixing metals so I love the unexpected addition of silver in the flatware. And if you’re looking to add a bit of extra richness to the mix, stick to a single color when choosing your flowers.

Sweet & TartIncorporating a variety of colors can be tricky but it can be pulled off with sweet flair and cheer! Don’t hesitate when it comes to mixing or clashing colors. Choose a patterned plate or create a colorful bouquet to tie your colors together.

Harmonious BlendOmmmmm. Neutral + natural = harmony. I love combining earthy tones with elements like wood chargers to layer under dinner plates, natural fiber linens for texture, and wood serving platters to hold flowers, candles and condiments. Feeling zen?

Dark & TemptingThe antique and flea markets are where I love to go to find old treasures like candlestick holders, mismatched silver flatware and plates. I’m drawn to the mystery behind these pieces, each possessing a long history of stories – and now, they’re gathered by me so that I can tell my own.

(images by HonestlyYUM; this post was created in collaboration with Curate snack bars)