Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Springtime Dinner with Friends

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)


  1. Great job and welcome to Tablescape Thursdays but be warned it's very addicting! LOL


  2. Those little chicks are too cute. Love the blue and yellow. Congrats on your 1st TT! Dropping by from BNOTP.


  3. I love your table: great job! The flowers are beautiful and your dishes are too! Warning: you may just get addicted to tablescaping:):) XO, Pinky

  4. very nice, love the colors. so springy!!

  5. Hello, Welcome, Welcome...I'm fairly new too and I have to tell you I'm hooked. I need to step up my game a bit. Your table is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Beautiful blue and yellow table...great combination for spring, reminds me of the sun and clear blue skies.

  7. Love the blue and yellow my friend! I use to have a room when I was little with blue and yellow and I still love it to this day...even though I'm a die-hard pink fan now! :)

    Your pictures bring back wonderful memories of me sharing a room with my big sissy. My father was a pastor and our $$$ was we'd make magic in that room out of what we had...

    Thanks for sharing~xoRebecca

  8. Oh it looks so pretty! did you have fun?

  9. Very pretty! Thank your for sharing!!

  10. Welcome! Very pretty, love the colors!

  11. Hi Sherry! Lovely tablescape, of course I LOVE the pansies!
    Thanks for entering my giveaway at By the Hill and for following me. Good luck in the giveaway, you will give my pretties a very good home, I can tell!

  12. What a sweet and welcoming table :)


  13. I love it and would feel like a very special and welcome guest. Visiting and fellowship with friends is the best.

  14. Hello there
    Just popped by to say glad you have joined my giveaway. Good luck in the draw.
    Love your table setting. i too have Johnson brother pottery, greendawn and greydawn, which is really a pretty light blue, from about the 1940s/1950s.

  15. Very pretty! I loved watching you "layer" your table. Thanks for sharing.

  16. what happy glasses---nice touch!