The Peacock Effect

INSPIRATION: The softened peacock-like colors and design in this Home Goods plate

INSPIRATION: The softened peacock-like colors and design in this Home Goods plate

With the nasty winter pretty much everyone here in the U.S. has suffered/is still suffering through, it’s good to be able to pull out color and style that bring cheer and hope for Spring. Valentine’s Day is now under our belts (or around our necks or on our fingers…am I right, ladies?!), and it’s time to look toward the celebration of Mardi Gras. Don’t care for the traditional Mardi Gras colors or just want to switch it up? Perhaps something like this would work for you!
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Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Full dining room

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Full tabletop

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Full tabletop, lengthwiseThis beautifully-appointed table begins with a 90″ x 132″ soft silver tablecloth from

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Double place setting

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Single place settingThe place setting begins with a lavender charger from Michael’s. The lavish glass plate is from the Topkapi line often found at Home Goods, T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s. It is 100% food safe. The colors are from the softer side of those found in peacock feathers, and the flourish encircling the plate reminds me of how a peacock proudly unfurls his tail.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Flatware and rim shot

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Flatware & plate detail collageThe International Silver “Royal Danish” sterling is paired with the setting to complement the majestic plate design. Notice how they both sort of fan out.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Glitter & sequin peacock embellishmentI picked up these flashy glitter- and sequin-covered peacock ornaments at this year’s 75% off after-Christmas clearance sale at Pier 1. They are simply clipped onto the side of the charger as an added flourish to the place setting.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Fleur de lis napkin foldI didn’t want to hide any part of the plate design or interfere with the beauty of the peacock on the charger, so the 20″ silver napkins from are placed dead center at the top of the place setting. They are folded into a fleur de lis which is a great tie-in to Mardi Gras.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Z Gallerie stemwareI bought this wonderful and oh-so-delicate aubergine-tinted “Andre” stemware from Z Gallerie about 3 years ago, but this is the first time I’ve used it. It picks up yet another hue from the peacock feathers.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Centerpiece vase collageI do love a pretty centerpiece, and this one was several weeks in the making. I just couldn’t decide on the center vase! Finally – after selecting mercury glass votives for the table and buffet – I settled on this gourd-shaped silver mercury glass vase from Hobby Lobby. A scant few peacock feathers rise and drape from it.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Silver Revere bowl with turquoise agate and floating candle

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Floating candle and turquoise agateNow you’re just going to think I’m really anal, but here goes anyway: I chose the silver floating candles (Pier 1) because, again, looking at them reminded me of the peacock’s fanned out tail. The candles drift over a bed of turquoise agate from Michael’s.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Buffet collageThe buffet behind the dining table is decorated with two low florals of white, purple, and green-tinted hydrangea, viburnum, deep purple calla lilies and feathery soft dusty miller. Each arrangement is finished off with a peacock like the ones on the table. A mixture of silver and turquoise/purple mercury glass votive holders also carries over from the dining table. The reflection in the mirror if of the same two wreaths used in yesterday’s peacock post.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Tea cart collageTo balance out the room, the tea cart holds a 21″ silver mercury glass pilsner vase filled with peacock feathers. This, also, is a carryover from yesterday’s post, “Simply Peacock Garden”.

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, - The Peacock Effect: Feathered mask for Mardi GrasAdd a pot of gumbo and a few lavishly-feathered masks as party favors, and this dining atmosphere instantaneously becomes a Mardi Gras celebration!

So there you have it. This tablescape with a peacock effect can work with or without masks and King cake. Your choice!

Other tablescapes on this site using peacock feathers:
Simply Peacock Garden
Peacock Pizzazz
Pumpkins & Peacocks
Pheasants & Peacocks
Proud As a Peacock

Other tablescapes on this site for Mardi Gras:
Laissez Bon Temps Rouler!
Mardi Gras Mojo
Mardi Gras Lite
Mardi Gras Madness

I’m linking up with Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for “Tablescape Thursday” again this week. If you’ve never joined in on this weekly blog party, this is your chance! There are so many talented tablescapers all over the world who share their creativity all in this one place. Join us, won’t you?

39 thoughts on “The Peacock Effect

  1. Very pretty and lots of wow factor! Love the peacock feathers in both vases, the peacock mask and the peacock accents on the plates! Those are really pretty plates and they let the peacocks play off them nicely! The silverware is beautiful and the stemware brings up some blue from the peacock accents! Beautiful job!


  2. Oh so pretty, Alycia! I love the stunning, yet simple centerpiece. People can actually talk to each other and see each other. Those ornaments are wonderful on the chargers and the perfect addition. The plates are so pretty, too. You always amaze me, my friend. xo


  3. I think this is just a beautiful tablescape and love all the colors. I just adore the silver pattern Royal Danish. How lucky are you are to have it. The plates and stemware are lovely too.


  4. Great interpretation of Mardi Gras Alycia, it’s all about lavish and fancy! Your plates are capital G gorgeous, not to mention the glassware from Zgallerie, swoon! I love all the peacock feathers~when I lived in Calif they were native to my area and you could see them strutting around everywhere and pick up their feathers! Your table is a great and stunning distraction from the weeks of snow and the gumbo is a great choice too!


  5. Yes, soooo ready for spring!
    Green with envy, re: those darling ornaments!!!! As usual Alycia, U have the magic touch with attention to details. Keep them coming.


  6. I’ve never done a Mardi Gras table before. Mainly because I’m not a fan of the traditional vibrant colors together. This softer side of Mardi Gras is elegant and soothing. You have to know I love that centerpiece, arrgghhh! It’s gorgeous. One more thing, you’re not being anal.


  7. I adore these colors, and you are so creative to come up with yet another brilliant, beautiful tablescape, this time with a Mardi Gras focus–I love it! I love to wear purple, turquoise and green shades, so I might even look good sitting at this table:) As they say in New Orleans, Bon ton roulet–let the good times roll!


  8. Oh Alycia, this is beautiful. I am all about clipping a bird on the edge of a plate and the longer the tail the better. You have dazzled me with your glassware choices this week. These are stunning. Don’t be surprised when I steal that napkin idea 🙂 Dianne


  9. Beautiful! I love how you used things that reminded you of the Peacock’s tail-feather spread. Your dishes are stunning! It’s amazing how you came up with two totally different looks for your tablescapes with the peacock theme. And, that stemware! If those come up missing, they might be at my house…just saying. 🙂


  10. Can’t wait to talk to my sister and see if she has seen this yet. (I’m out of town right now.) She has a peacock named Ralph and loves to decorate with peacock feathers. She will love this.

    I love it myself, and no… that’s not anal about the floating candles. That’s DETAILED, and that is the very thing I love the most about your tables. You aren’t a minimalist when it comes to the perfect details.


  11. Aycia,

    I’m promising you here and now that if I don’t like my future son-in-law the day my daughter brings him home to meet The Parents – who would me and that Mr. Nice Guy who has no clue of what’s about to happen in our family and just thinks the guy looks cool :breath Teresa!: 😉 – I’ll make this tablescape.

    I might have to stop by your home to pick the gorgeous items (complete package please and it’s only PERFECT like this) so make sure you store them in perfect conditions for some years as the girl is still 14 :D…

    Like I was saying 😉 – I’m doing this tablescape because it’s sure proof I won’t have that boy seated on Christmas Dinner Table as the soon-to-be-ex-fiancée will be running to Timbuktu – as if D… no, a Peacock was chasing her ahahahah… my daughter is completely and absolutely frightened by birdy things – Peacocks included.

    I’m just teasing you as I’d love to send her to the hills – in case I don’t commiserate the guy she brings over – and have that tablescape where, after, I’d enjoy a romantic dinner with my poor-judge but adorable husband.

    I love everything about it – didn’t stop by yesterday because I didn’t feel like laughing with Dear Mother “making” you buy those gorgeous plates (though I prefer today’s setting anyway), it was more falling round in my b*** with envy 😉 – the colors, the items – all of them (and don’t you write anal when I’m having dinner please :D) – and the peak I get from your tidy kitchen.

    You’re a Goddess! And an Inspiration!!!
    Teresa (need to steal the ironworks in your walls’ idea!!! absolutely and completely a MUST :love:)


  12. Well, I adore the Peacock theme and you have set another pretty table. The feathers look lovely in the vases. The plates are very pretty and the charger just tops it off perfectly. I am in love with your flatware.


  13. I know as soon as you saw those wonderful plates your head started swimming with ideas…and you did it again with this ever so elegant table…I love everything about it from the gorgeous silverware (sigh) to the perfect mercury glass gourd vase to the awesome, delicate aubergine tinted stemware…the buffet is also beautiful and love the floral arrangements!…Now, tell us your secret…where do you store all of your gorgeous dishes and stemware, etc., etc. You must have a “dish room” like the White House!


  14. That’s an amazing tablesetting, Lady A!

    How nice are the flatwares? Not just the dishwares that fit to the flatwares. I noticed the tail of the peacocks too.

    Absolutely GORGEOUS… no one can put things better you (as far as I strolled) tonight.

    /CC girl


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  16. I am in love with the those gorgeous glass plates. Beautiful!! They are perfect with the peacocks and the feathers. A wonderful Mardi Gras table too! The floating candles on the aqua agate are the perfect accent for the plates and peacocks. My little peacocks that I used in my tablescape are a lesser cousin (they have plastic tails).


  17. Everything is beautiful as usual with your magic touch! I especially like the darling peacock ornaments clipped to the eye catching plate. Your silverware had me thinking “Wow”! I like how you segue this table into Mardi Gras. Like I say you have the touch!


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