When I started blogging five years ago, I focused on tablescapes, and since some of those old posts are pinned and repinned by the thousands, it dawned on me it just might be a good idea to focus on pretty tables again:-)
These days, though, I am loving my tables to be a little simpler. I chose iconic "Blue Willow" for this table because I really wanted to bring the indigo blue in to mix with the hot pink/fuchsia.
The silver plate flatware is part of a set my mother bought after we discovered the pattern, Oneida Meadowbrook, of an old pie server my grandmother always used.
I used the "grille" knives and forks just for something different. The handles are longer than the tines/blades and, according to replacements.com, are used "for eating delicacies directly off the grill," and were popular in the 1930s. I'd love to hear any other ideas as to how these were properly used.
Because we use cloth napkins pretty much exclusively, I am always looking for a good deal on nice ones. I found 12 of these, new, 100% cotton damask napkins on ebay for less than $40 with free shipping. They are gorgeous and washed really well, which is always important for me.
I thought the April Cornell napkin rings added the perfect touch of whimsy with the gold and green beads.
For a centerpiece, I finally decided to try orchids again, and fell in love with the colors of these blooms. I did have one rebloom a few years ago, but found the time in between blooms made it hard for me to stay interested in caring for it. We'll see how long I make it this time:-)
The vintage brass and crystal punch bowl is a family antique from India and is on loan from my mother.
I made the runner from another Indian silk sari I bought for a whopping $11 on ebay. I just cannot get enough of these vibrant colors and they are so appropriate for late summer -- and on into fall. I can't wait to bring in the gold leaves when the trees start to turn.
This is such a simple table to put together and can easily be changed into a totally different table simply by adding different plates and glassware.
Sunday dinners are usually when I like to set a pretty table because it's really important to me for us to gather after church and enjoy a nice meal together. It takes effort, though, to get everything together, but is so worth it to see everyone enjoying this valuable family time.
I have more tables planned and will definitely be setting some outside as the weather starts to cool just a little. This is really the perfect rime of year to eat al fresco here, and I look forward to inviting you all to join us:-)
I'll be joining: