I have so much white in my dining room that I didn't want the entire table to be white too. How boring. This got my wheels turning trying to figure out a way to put blue on my table without spending a lot of money.
Then I had the bright idea to make a runner out of an old curtain panel. It took a total of 15 minutes, including ironing, and turned out fabulous. Plus, it's my favorite color so I know that it will make future appearances.
Next, I pulled out my gold chargers. I bought these a few years ago at Target and I use them all the time. They are the easiest way to dress up a table and they make any plate look fancy. Which is good because I don't own fancy china.
I decided to use my blue flower plates to add another blue element. I'm sure they have a name but I don't remember what it is.
I was really pleased with myself when I thought to use the mini picks as napkin rings. I bought them last year at Walmart after Christmas (on sale for .50 for 3) with the intention of putting them on Claire's mini tree but I thought they looked cuter here.
Add some votives and a few more red ornaments and "decorate table" is checked off my list.