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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

All Charged Up

What's It Wednesday #200

I am all charged up because it is our 200th What's It Wednesday Linky Party. Time certainly flies when you're having fun. Speaking of being "all charged up", I am super excited to share my latest "thinking outside the box" decorating solution.

The weather has been rainy and gloomy lately and I was determined to keep the winter decor light and bright. I thought of that last year and it truly kept us from feeling blah during the winter months. My great-grandmother's table and buffet are quite dark and my husband does not like it when I place a table cloth over it. So I had to think of something. 

One of my dear friends and neighbor said that she had never been to the Ikea. She is looking for organizational and storage solutions so off we went. While we were there we spotted these "chargers".

Well my dears, they aren't actually chargers at all. They are...wait for it...candle plates. 

It was the perfect addition to break up the darkness of the table and lighten up the room. I couldn't even tell you how many sets of chargers I have. I just absolutely love them! 

The chargers I have range from high-end silver ones I inherited from an Aunt, wooden, porcelain, stoneware, and the  cheapie plastic gold ones you find in places like Michaels during Christmas. Now I have added candle plates as chargers to my collections of chargers. Chargers have been around quite along time, in fact since the 19th century. They are also known as "under plates".  

In addition to beautifying the table they have a more practical purpose of protecting your table and tablecloth from becoming dirty from the food or effected by the heat of the food. They enhance any place setting. Each one of these Skurar candle plates chargers is like a burst of cream sunshine on the table. I am so glad I visited my local Ikea with my friend. Now you know why I am "all charged up". 

What has you "all charged up" lately?


Here are this week's features:

Over the Apple Tree

2 Bees in a Pod

Kleinworth & Company

Charm Bracelet Diva


Just Jan

Don't Forget to Add a Feature Button!
Ivy and Elephants

Thanks to all of you who partied with us last week. Please link-up and join us again. Remember, it's not a party without you!


Crochet Hooks said...

beautiful chargers, great idea :) Lovely features too! Thanks for hosting us!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Paula, those candle plates make perfect chargers! Love them, so fancy! I like your peacocks too! Thanks so much for hosting.

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

Your chargers are so beautiful. I wish we had an IKEA near us, but the closest one is just over 2 hours away. Congratulations on no. 200 link party! Love your features, too.

Lory at Designthusiasm said...

Wow, thank you so much for the feature! What a lovely surprise... :-) Thanks for hosting such a great party!!

KUNIs little white castle said...

Now your table looks so much better... I like the way you decorated it.
Hugs Kuni

KUNIs little white castle said...

Now your table looks so much better... I like the way you decorated it.
Hugs Kuni

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Your tablescape looks awesome! And your featured bloggers - just wow!

Thank you for the party! it's fun to be joining in on the fun this time around! Big hugs! ♥

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Your chargers look like lace and do brighten your dining room. Congratulations and thank you for your 200th What's It Wednesday. Love visiting and love joining in. Have a wonderful week.

mjmaterazo said...

i love those chargers! i've wanted them for awhile now for the same purpose, but they were out of stock at my ikea last time i was there. i think they would be fun for easter. you're table looks beautiful & congrats on the 200 mark! xo- maryjo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Beautiful table and setting! xoxo Su

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

You are right, those beautiful "chargers" really brighten up your table and look so pretty! Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful party!

Sylvia said...

Paula, I love those "charger plates". I have purchased one as a photo prop for my tea still life pics.

Did you mean to cross out the entry to the link to the plates on Ikea's website?


Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Paula. Your DR looks so pretty and those white"candle plates" really do brighten it up. Funny thing, I have 2 of those very similar ones. I've been trying to remember where I got them and I think it might have been Michaels. I think they do make a table so pretty. Great features this week. I have to go over and check out that phone table. Very unique and interesting..Thanks for hosting..Judy

Deanies Stash said...

Love your candle plates turned chargers! Thank you for hosting. Have a great week!

xo Dianne

Art and Sand said...

I haven't been to IKEA in awhile, but I am going to look for those candle plates the next time I am there. I love the table with them and think they'll look pretty for spring.

Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

Jill Harrison said...

gorgeous table settings. Happy 200th! well done! Have a great week.

Janet Garon said...

Wow! Thank you so much for the feature! Congratulations on your 200th!

Vesna said...

Your chargers are so beautiful.Happy 200th!
Thank you for hosting. Have a great week!
Vesna - Home Chic Club

Betty Manousos said...

your table setting looks gorgeous! and thanks so much for hosting.

have a great thursday!

Regine Karpel said...


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Wow, happy 200 parties!! I love your chargers. They are just perfect. Sadly, there is no Ikea near me :-(

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

I heard of candle plates but usually they are much smaller. Yours are gorgeous and so versatile! As I've said before, you have the best taste! Your features are outstanding, too! I knew it wouldn't be long before "hello, it's me" would be trendy in everything including décor. Happy 200th and thanks for hosting!

Curtains in My Tree said...

wow 200 times you have used your precious time for us to enjoy your party,thanks
Of course your table is so pretty and bright, the peacock plates are adorable and a friend of mine would want some just like yours.
My daughter said last weekend there is an IKEA around St Louis Mo so we must go visit that store.
Your Grandmother's table is proud to show off your dishes i'm sure

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Happppppy New Year Paula!!! Oh my gosh...these "chargers" are ADORABLE...we are squealing with you hear it?!!! Glad to be able to join you on your 200th party :) THAT is something very special...congratulations and applause for hosting it!
Wishing you all the best!
Karla & Karrie

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Those candle plates are pretty! I've seen people use them but no one mentioned that they were considered a candle plate. They offer a nice cheery addition to your table. Congratulations on 200 parties! I've never been to an IKEA store but I'm warned that they are huge!
The peacock plates are so pretty!

Donna Wilkes said...

I have never shop at IKEA, but I love the "chargers". My favorite link last week was the telephone dresser - glad it is a feature on your 200th party. Thanks for hosting.

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Thank you for hosting and love the "chargers!" You have such a talent and vision for things like this. Beautiful home.

The Porcelain Rose said...

Happy 200th!
Chargers are a great way to enhance your table setting. I have several sets in different styles and colors. My favorites are my vintage silver trays. I mix and match vintage silver trays of similar size instead of using store bought chargers. They look great with my vintage china, silverware and linens.
Thank you for hosting each week!
Happy New Year!

Karren Haller said...

The features are great, that Ika hack is so cute!!
I love your table setting and the paisley cloth!!

Thanks for the party!!
Hope you will stop by for Friday Features Party, starts 11:00 Am Thursdays

Have a great week
Oh My Heartsie Girl!!:)

Jeannie Marie said...

congratulations on your 200th! I just had to stop by and participate! Love the chargers!

Jenn said...

Beautiful tablescape! Congrats on 200 parties, thanks for hosting :)

The Vintage Chateau said...

I haven't been to IKEA for awhile but it may be worth a trip to find some of those darling"chargers"! Thanks for hosting a party and congrats on #200!

Pura Vida said...

what a lovely table!


I'm back with some vignettes I just created for my January Winter look and I spotted those great 'place mats' as my daughter Alexandra bought them at Ikea last October, along with bread plates to match. I loved it that they were metal too.
Love heirlooms and yes, I love it better then the tablecloth idea, like your hubby.
Thanks for hosting and having me again Paula.

Little Treasures said...

Thank you so much for hosting!

JP said...

Beautiful chargers, Patti and wonderful features....thanks for the party!

Alessandra said...

Beautiful charges! You table looks fabulous, very elegant and i love the way you decorated it.

Mary Vitullo said...

Thank you so much for hosting.

Jann Olson said...

Perfect Paula! I have just one of them on my table right now that I picked up at a thrift shop. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

What a nice surprise! I stopped by to thank you for sharing over at Vintage Charm and I come to find out that I've been featured here! Thanks so much. And thanks for being such great blog friends! We love having you at the party.....stop by anytime lol xo Kathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

Julie Reinwald said...

What a gorgeous table setting! I absolutely love the chargers and peacock plates :)


Beautiful! Love the china with the peacocks, it's gorgeous on top of the pretty chargers. My DD Alex has the same and they're fabulous, as it makes a setting very elegant. Your dining room is lovely too.

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

Thanks for the party! Hope you're having an extra beautiful week!


Maria Elena said...

Thank you so much for the party! xxx Maria

Gina Kleinworth said...

Oh my goodness - thank you for sharing my chicken recipe!!! I'm so excited!!!

Hope you are having a great week!

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello Gorgeous! Thank you for hosting such an amazing party. I would love it if you would stop by our party that goes until Friday @ 7 pm. We pin and tweet everything! Have an fabulous day! Lou Lou Girls

The Charm of Home said...

Those chargers are fantastic. Very romantic and perfect for winter into spring! Thanks for sharing at HSH!

Dee said...

Your table setting looks so pretty and the chargers from Ikea were the perfect addition. Have a lovely rest of the weekend... :)

Terra Hangen said...

You created a brilliant solution to lighten and brighten your dark table.

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