I love to have friends over for lunch or dinner or for coffee, tea and a chat. I am usually very informal because we have very busy lives as everyone else I know does. I have been looking at blogs and have enjoyed all of the wonderful table settings that can be done with a little extra effort. I decided to give it a try. My goal was to use things we had around home and to see what I could come up with. I do love dishes and after doing this I think I will be watching for dishes to add to my collection, at the right price, of course.
This is how it all began
I found my light gold tablecloth, bright blue table runner
and my cream plates.
Now I have added the stainless utensils, bright gold salad plates and blue napkins with ribbon napkin rings
I started with this for a centerpiece and realized right away that there was room for improvement. I began looking around for better options.
This is what I ended up with.
Here is a closer picture of my little bird in the flower pot
I couldn't find my moss to put in the pot so I used paper
from a gift bag I had received instead.
We had other little friends join us at the table
After setting up the centerpiece I added other dishes we would be using, testing to see if there would be room for all of the food and pitchers and glasses.
When I was sure that the serving dishes would fit on the table I went out and picked a couple of small vases of flowers to add to each end. There should be more flowers to pick soon. Maybe if we get a little more sun.
I looked at the table for a while and realized that I had forgotten
glasses, here they are in the photo above.
Even little votive candles can make a difference
I hope that the table setting helped to make our guests feel welcome. We did end up spending the whole evening visiting around the table.
I will be linking this post to Tablescape Thursday at
Cream plates are Johnson Brothers (I bought the 8 place set at an estate sale for $25 and I always have my eye open for more)