Dear Carolina Tablescape


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Good morning, chic readers! We’re so excited today to share with you a super fun project that we got to do with Mikasa and some other fun bloggers, creating DEAR CAROLINA-themed tablescapes! (Enter below to win 4 place settings of the Mikasa china we picked and a copy of the book!)

We wanted to have a little party in Beaufort, of course, and, for our soiree? We’ve been big fans of DEAR CAROLINA sip and signs, so we thought we’d have one at our house!


We had the pleasure of setting our table with this fabulous Mikasa Ortley dinnerware. We love the pattern, of course, but the best thing about this china is that it is made with the highest-quality bone china — but meant for everyday use!


It’s the kind of intersection of form and function that would make Khaki, the designer main character from DEAR CAROLINA, very proud! When you have kids and work and a million commitments, easy entertaining is a must!


And this beautiful Mikasa Laura glassware is so amazing. Thin and delicate yet durable, it is made from lead-free crystal and transitions fabulously from brunch to Bordeaux!



Another touch Khaki would love? Hydrangeas cut fresh from the backyard.


It’s another element that is quick, simple and oh-so easy.


Another of our favorites? Paper straws, of course! Don’t they just say party?


This Kelby Flatware is wonderful. It’s heavy and simple but elegant, perfect for every day and those special occasions!


Capiz shell placemats add a touch of elegance and nod toward the beach.


And the guests can’t leave without their special favor — a copy of DEAR CAROLINA!


Don’t you just love the basketweave pattern on this china? We think it’s a nod toward a natural fiber but in a color that will stay chic for years.

We just love the way it all looks together!


The other lovely ladies below were kind enough to help spread the word about DEAR CAROLINA and these amazing Mikasa pieces. Check out what everyone else did with their fabulous Mikasa china–in other fun patterns! And visit their blogs for more chances to win a set of Mikasa china and a copy of DEAR CAROLINA!

Dukes and Duchesses

Thistlewood Farms

Southern Hospitality

At the Picket Fence

Finding Home

Find Mikasa on Social Media:

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AND Enter to Win 4 Place Settings of Mikasa Ortley China and a copy of DEAR CAROLINA!

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  1. Love Mikasa and their products! Would love to add these to my collection!

  2. Donna Zoltanski says:

    Just lovely — I totally should live in the South! I so enjoy a beautiful table setting using the prettiest plates and flowers making a perfect table setting just like you gals do. A book club reading Dear Carolina little tea party sounds perfect. Thanks for entry.

  3. What a beautiful tablescape and of course I would love the lovely Mikasa dinnerware!!

    The Arts by Karena

  4. Such a pretty table and dining outside on a patio or porch is ideal in the summer!

  5. Khaki would approve!! xo Karolyn

  6. Kristy,
    This was so much fun. I love how each of you found totally different things from the book to draw from for the table settings AND how each blog so completely represents the personalities of the girls writing. I smiled, giggled and nodded – in that “knowing” way- through every one of them. Loved this idea and love every one of you beautiful girls. Ready for a girl’s trip!

  7. Gorgeous table Kristi…just the type of beautiful table that Khaki would set. Love the dinnerware and those gorgeous Capiz shell placemats!

  8. Brunch. . .if I get the plan together early and set such a table the night before. Love the tablescape & the sweet favor with the coral pink raffia ribbon, the finishing touch.

  9. Deb Young says:

    Summer time is my favorite time to entertain!

  10. Your table is beautiful! I can’t wait to read that book after seeing it around blogland today. :)

  11. My favorite time to entertain is any time of year that we can be outside. It’s so much nicer when we can sit out and enjoy the birds and flowers.

  12. Mikasa china is lovely!

  13. Sandy Rees says:

    I especially like to entertain on birthdays. It’s fun to make someone feel loved on their special day.

  14. Sandy w says:

    Summer on my patio and in the garden or over the holidays is my favorite time to host dinner parties. Love the china as I always use white dishes.

  15. I love to entertain on the porch in spring and summer (some) and fall….

  16. What a fun idea! I have just finished reading all the blogs and their take on a table set with Dear Carolina as inspiration. Loved every one!
    Each took a different interpretation. One thing for sure I took away is that I NEED WHITE CHINA!!
    I have to admit I didn’t have a favorite.

  17. I like fall entertaining so we sit on the back porch for drinks, have dinner inside and maybe have a fire after dinner. All depends on the weather!

  18. A table with candlelight on the porch is so lovely and so is yours.

  19. Dear Kristi – A big congratulations on your book publishing accomplishment. You and your family must be so incredibly proud of you. I know just as a fellow blogger in blogland that I am so happy and so proud of you as well.

    Your table on the porch screams “welcome, stay a while, you are wanted here.” Mikasa is by far the best – my MIL has Mikasa and I have always coveted it.

    Good luck in all your book sales – and thanks to you (and Mikasa!) for the opportunity to win such a fabulous giveaway. I know if I were to win I’d have to get another set and have a gathering right away! I LOVE the idea of your guest favors as your book and book signing – A+++ on that idea.

  20. I love entertaining on holidays and Sunday evenings!

  21. I ran around and visited the other blogs and came back to tell you that I want to have a party (with Mikasa–that would be nice). Normally, we do small dinner parties of around 8 people but people love brunch here in SF…and I want to plan one now!

  22. Pam Ballard says:

    I love to entertain with music and twinkle lights.

  23. Janet St says:

    I love entertaining when I can turn a simple visit with friends or relatives into a memorable occasion.

  24. VintageBeachgirl says:

    Thanksgiving is my favorite time to set a pretty table as my family is there.

  25. Deb Miller says:

    Beautiful table scape! Love, love, love the basketweave border on the Mikasa dinnerware! Would be beautiful at my brunch table in the middle of my much-loved garden on a sunny Spring Akabama morning, or an early Fall brunch on the deck under the oaks!

  26. So lovely! I’m envious of your gorgeous hydrangeas. And where could I find those pretty placemats?

  27. Jackie Lou Holt says:

    Kristy, I loved, loved your book, Dear Carolina, and have recommended it to my family and friends for a great summer read! I saw it when KarieAnne mentioned it on her blog. I sure hope you already have another story in your heart to write soon.
    I love this Mikasa pattern and would love to have the place settings.

  28. Any time when the family can get together!

  29. Cindy G. says:

    I love to entertain any time. But especially holidays!!

  30. This fresh and lovely little setting absolutely would please Khaki! I am taken with the sweet idea of placing the raffia-tied book at the table for each guest. It looks great and the read is — of course — such a gift! xo Leslie

  31. Victoria Austin says:

    Adore this table, especially the china and hydrangeas like I grow in my yard also. I love entertaining almost any time…as long as I have had time to plan, organize and execute and lots of sleep the night before! We seriously need more china pieces. It’s been on our list to add, but haven’t been able to make it to that part of our “list” yet!

  32. Kelly D says:

    I like to entertain in the summer.. when the weather cooperates…usually.

  33. Judy C in NC says:

    Oh Lordy, the basket weave Mikasa is stunning every where I look. Dear Carolina is going to be a “must have and needful thing” for me. I love these reviews and all the table settings. I could definitely see a late summer dinner on the porch. Thank you so much for this marvelous opportunity to win. Judy C in NC

  34. Angie T. says:

    I always use fresh flowers & candles….love your blog!!

  35. Sharlene Piscitelli says:

    My favorite times to entertain are Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  36. I love entertaining every season except the summer in Phoenix!!

  37. I love to eat outside with candlelight and lightening bugs galore! Of course in the South, a gentle breeze or ceiling fan goes a long way for outside entertaining. Love the white dishes – perfection and easily decorated!

  38. Chrislyn says:

    I really like the basket weave pattern!! My favorite entertaining items are my serving dishes…can’t have enough of them!!!

  39. MARTHAIA says:

    Always fun to entertain when all the friends get together for a monthly pot luck supper…

  40. Annette says:

    I enjoy entertaining during colder seasons like Fall and Winter.

  41. love the pattern + good luck to everyone + love to entertain any time . xx

  42. Anne Marie Petralia says:

    I love to entertain with lovely tablescapes every chance I get. Holidays or family events or just because.

  43. Kelly Minyard says:

    Summertime, when we can entertain on the patio!

  44. Judy C in NC says:

    Thanking you so much for this wonderful opportunity – I really, really want these dishes and this fascinating book. Judy C

  45. carol clark says:

    o my well i love christmas but july 4 is the most exciting time to me love to have a little get together and everyone brings a dish and we go swimming and bbq its just fun

  46. Danielle says:

    My favorite time to entertain would be the summer with the 4th of July holiday around the corner…I am excited! :)

  47. Mariaelena says:

    Favorite time t entertain is my kids birthdays! Shared in twitter

  48. I love entertaining in winter: I live in the desert and I find it’s much easier to keep a group warm in winter as opposed to cool in summer. :)

  49. Debbie w says:

    We love to entertain at our sc mountain house…so relaxed and comfy! Love the giveaway!

  50. I love these dishes and like to entertain anytime!

  51. I love to entertain in the Fall, when I get most of my decorations for free – from our backyard!! :)

  52. I enjoy entertaining for the Christmas holidays.

  53. Cindy Wheatley Holland says:

    Love the time with my family for the holidays, especially my grandchildren…thanks for the GREAT giveaway!!! :)


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