Recently we hosted some of my husband's out-of-state bicycling friends for dinner. It was a hectic weekend for me as I was tending to my youngest grandchildren, ages 4 and 4 months. I'm not as young as I think I am, they kept me hopping! I like to set a nice table, I want my guests to feel special, but I was really frazzled, pressed for time, and didn't really have a game plan in place. Thankfully, I love dishes and linens, seem to have a growing collection, and was able to mix and match to come up with a pretty table setting.
My Hubbers hates shopping for me. We're at the stage in our life where we have what we need and buy what we like. So, I've learned to help him out. I'm a nice wife that way! When I see something I like I send him an e-mail with the link to the item. A box usually arrives not long after. It's a win-win situation for us, he doesn't have to shop for special occasions and I get what I want! These place mats and colorful plates came to my collection in such a way earlier this year. The place mats have a crochet look to them. The plates came from Pier One and are, surprisingly, Melamine. The napkins I had bought a few years back, as well as the blue goblets. The Napolean silverware was another "gift". I've had them a few years now and love to use them, especially in the spring and summer months.
I have oodles and oodles of mason jars, most of which do get used for canning purposes. The last few years Ball has been re-introducing their colored mason jars; I now have a collection in green, blue and purple. I use them for so many things, frequently for floral arrangements, such as this. I bought the flowers at the grocery store and, to make more of a statement, I put the jars on a plain white serving tray.
Everything came together quite well, I think!
I'm joining in at Tablescape Thursday.