Tropical Place Setting 4 Ways

Extend your party supply arsenal this season, with 1 tropical plate styled 4 ways. It’s not just for luaus anymore! See how I paired these tropical leaf appetizer plates for four completely different looks, here.

mix of patterns and colors of plates

Mixing and matching dinnerware is a real love of mine. It probably comes from my fashion background and passion for textiles, textures, patterns, and color combos. Whatever it is, I can’t get enough!

I recently found these cute tropical-print melamine appetizer plates at HomeGoods, and thought about how fun it would be to use them as an accent pattern rather than for an all out tropical themed party. Instead of a full tablescape incorporating this leaf pattern, I decided to do 1 tropical plate styled 4 ways. Of course if you want to do an entire theme, you’re going to LOVE these tropical themed party ideas.

Below, you’ll see how I’ve styled this small plate into four completely different looks. For each place setting I’ve used the same tropical print plate, gold flatware, and yellow tulips. The changes include plates & chargers, fabric & napkins, and glasses. At the end I’ve linked to some similar items so you can re-create these settings. You can also find similar tropical leaf plates in stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.

For more ideas on creating different looks using the same items, check out how I was able to add more color to the dining table setting.

1 tropical plate styled 4 ways:

tropical party place setting

Tropical Vibes – Okay, so this first place setting does have a tropical look, but it’s definitely more on the muted or masculine side. The wood grain dinner plate is an absolute favorite of mine, and looks great paired with the green and yellow plates. I used an old tropical print sheet as a tablecloth, which helps set the stage for this table setting. I can see this look used to celebrate father’s day, or a man’s birthday celebration.

tropical plate on black and white stripes

Black & White is Always Right! – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that doesn’t look great against a black and white stripe. These tropical print plates look particularly good with black dishes because of the dark shadowing and coloration within the print. I paired it with my black dinner set and striped table runner for a sophisticated twist to the playful pattern.

tropical leaf plate on pink

Dress it Up with Pink – Can you believe how easy it is to dress these plates up and give them a “glam” look? Pink and green is a classic, girly combination and the addition of gold just raised the bar that much higher. This place setting would be perfect for a girls-only birthday celebration.

tropical plate on rattan charger British Colonial style

British Colonial Style – Oh how I adore the classic look of British Colonial design. It’s another option for a more masculine party as it incorporates lots of neutral tones like brown, tan, and green. The rattan chargers set the scene beautifully, as does the patterned table cloth (another sheet). The British Colonial look is a more ‘grown up’ version of the tropical theme. It’s represented by textures like cane, wicker, bamboo, darker wood, and green tropical leaves.

Here are some links to similar items. I’ve included melamine plates, bowls, and paper plates with the tropical leaf pattern. I also linked the wood grain dinner plates (they’re melamine & I love them!), and the black dinner set I used.

Which look is your favorite?? I’d love to know!

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  1. These are really gorgeous Chris! Don’t know which i prefer! Love the layering you used for each place setting!

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