Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dinner for Two

Dinner for two - what was once an indulgence is now the norm for us since our daughter headed off to college. Most dinners are pretty casual, in the breakfast room with our everyday table settings.

But I think there's every reason to take dinner out of the ordinary sometimes. And what better time than a birthday!


G's birthday comes between winter holidays. I had taken photos as the sun set, but had not yet used them for a post. For this dinner, I used china that he likes very much and chose items that continued the same classic design.


The china has a gray band with a tiny design in navy, edged with platinum. We have only two place settings of the china, but that worked perfectly for a dinner for just us.


To pick up the color from the plate design, I used vintage blue stemware (first seen here) and a pale blue tablecloth and napkins in a woven floral pattern.


I like the way the wavy edge of the silver chargers played with the light. Sparkling silver shone on the table, including our wedding silverware and the entwined napkin rings.


The Grecian lines of the vintage water pitcher complement the classic design of the plates.


We thought the shape of the antique covered dish was unique. Although it's hard to tell in this photo, the feet are solid spheres.



The compote with delicate glass candies was a stand-in for the cake we had for G on the following weekend when our daughter was able to join us.



A deep blue glass vase I received many years ago served as the centerpiece, filled with simple faux flowers. The turquoise on the rim and interior gives the vase an unexpected flair.

 



Thank you for coming to dinner at eight!

Resources

Plates | Wedgwood 'Amherst'
Stemware | Fostoria 'Navarre'
Silverware | Reed and Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Chargers | Home Goods
Napkin rings | Crate & Barrel
Linens | Macy's

Inspiration

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Dishing It and Digging It
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A Table for St. Patrick's Day

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? We did every year when daughter J was small. She loved leprechauns and the mischief they would cause around the house. Teenage J -- not so much!

So it has been several years since I decorated for St. Patrick's Day. This weekend J will be home from college, providing the perfect excuse to celebrate!


The stained glass shamrock welcomes the sun.



Shades of green, gold and white, the colors of the Irish flag, set the theme. A mint green cloth covers the table, topped with gold chargers. Matching napkins cradle yellow and white ones, both held by a gold beaded napkin ring (also seen at another celebration).



I thought a transitional table setting that straddled memories and current experiences would be just the thing! I dove into the storage box and rediscovered a smiling leprechaun. . .




and a couple of convivial stuffed bears wearing and carrying shamrocks.



And for a design that acknowledges today, a tall vase (actually a hurricane) showcases two varieties of faux tulips, held in place by pretty lime paper.




They're joined by white candles in brass holders.


Place settings are composed of our everyday dishes which have a trellis pattern on the rims, first seen in the fall, and figural salad plates with three different flower designs. All green of course! Shamrocks fill the desert bowls (to confine the glitter!)





My dad's vintage glasses from the 1960's will be filled with the Guinness beer chilling in the fridge.


Join us for a St. Patrick's dinner at eight.


"May the road rise up to meet you..."


Resources

Table linens | Macy's and Sur La Table
Napkin rings | Pier 1
Dinner plates | Villery & Boch 'French Garden'
Salad plates | Bordallo Pinheiro 'BPI85' (I think)
Goblets | Marquis by Waterford
Hurricane | Crate and Barrel

Delights to Share

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Between Naps on the Porch
French Country Cottage
Rattlebridge Farm
Pieced Pastimes
Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sundays at Home
Silver Pennies Sundays
Dishing It and Digging It
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Amaze Me Monday
The Scoop
Celebrate and Decorate
Inspire Me Tuesday
Wow Us Wednesdays