Simple Dining Table Decor Ideas & My Favorite Budget Dinnerware

The Mother’s Day table decor is out, and mom’s time to relax is officially here. Juuuuust kidding. Like that actually happens. 😉

My mom always says, “A girl never wants to decorate her home the way her mother did.” And if that isn’t the honest truth…

Maybe that’s why I went so hardcore modern farmhouse decorating our first house. My mom has always been the traditional decorator and growing up, I remember she had Blue Willow print chinoiserie everything all around the house. (She still does.)

modern traditional dining room

So the moment I got my own place, my little rebel heart said to shiplap every wall, paint and distress any furniture in my path; if it’s elegant and traditional, I don’t want it.

And then I had a change of heart when I hit my 30s. Gosh. Why is mom always right?

modern traditional tablescape

When I was antique shopping the other day, I stumbled upon a Blue Willow vase and immediately knew it needed to come home with me.

chinoiserie blue willow vase

It felt right to create a modern traditional Chinoiserie Mother’s Day tablescape in honor of her, so I used some of my favorite budget-friendly dinnerware and serving pieces from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.

Mother's Day tablescape with modern traditional style

I threw in a few modern rustic touches because after all, I can’t be exactly like my mom (even though I look like her twin). If you don’t believe me, see for yourself…

These white rattan chargers add great texture and make place settings feel special. I used them at Christmas and felt they needed a Mother’s Day reappearance.

The speckled exposed clay plates and bowls are hands down my favorite dinnerware pieces I’ve ever owned and look so much more expensive than they really are.

modern traditional table decor with Chinoiserie vase

I love how this woven gray fringe runner juxtaposes the formal vase to make the table feel a little more casual.

modern traditional Chinoiserie table decor

And this matte black flatware brings in a modern vibe.

We’ve had this classic drinking glass set for a while too that have proven to be very sturdy.

modern traditional Chinoiserie table decor

We’re usually a buffet crowd and not so much a pass the dishes around the table crowd, but these servingware pieces are too pretty to hide.

This classic porcelain baking dish is my go-to for serving every casserole and dessert. This footed bowl is handy for serving salad but usually sits on our kitchen countertop 24/7 holding fruit.

modern traditional Chinoiserie table decor

And this serving platter is versatile for everything.

modern traditional table decor for Mother's Day

As soon as I was finished taking pictures, my household completely gobbled up the food. But I’ll recreate this tablescape for our actual Mother’s Day celebration when I plan to give the found Blue Willow vase to my mom.

(P.S. Do you spy a little Lola down there just waiting for table scraps to be dropped?)

modern french traditional dining room

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas! You deserve a day of no cooking, only eating. And maybe a pretty vase of flowers on a dining room table surrounded by all the ones you love after such a challenging year. Cheers to you!

You can find all of my favorite budget-friendly dinnerware and servingware from Walmart here:

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  1. Which size bowl are you using on top of the dinner plate? There are two different sizes available on Walmart.

  2. I agree with Pat, you and your mom look so much alike, you could be sisters.
    This post touched me. I love your love fir your mom. I could almost feel it through your sweet post. I lost my mom in 2016. Not a day go by that I donโ€™t think of some little thing she did or said. I miss and love her so much. So, enjoy your mom as often as you can. Happy Motherโ€™s Day to both you and your mom. Fabulous table setting

  3. Lauren~
    beautiful post!
    Yes you look just like your mom!!
    She will be thrilled with the vase..
    I know i would!!
    Happy Mother’s Day to you!!

  4. The blue willow vase is just the right touch. I am sure your momma is going to love it! Your table setting is beautiful! You are a mini me of your mom! Happy Mothers Day to you & all the mom’s out there. I am sure there are going to be a lot of thankful hearts around dining room tables this year ๐Ÿ™‚