Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

As much as I like corned beef and cabbage, I don’t typically make it on St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t cook it because Lynn usually cooks it for me. I posted her recipes for St. Patrick’s Day on here a couple of years ago, and if you are looking for some traditional recipes with a twist, check it out! So, this year I am joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch to share my St. Patrick’s Day table setting. I had hoped to share a recipe for a scrumptious dessert, but I am just getting over a nasty bout of flu (Note to self: Don’t forget your flu shot next year!), so I didn’t get around to baking. I’m happy I put this table together a couple weeks ago, so I can share it with you today.

I, as usual, didn’t want to buy special plates for St. Patrick’s Day (even though they had some really cute ones at Home Goods!), so I gathered up my green leaf plates and my favorite green glasses and forged ahead.

I like how the green apples and oranges look on the white oblong platter for my centerpiece. I wanted some beautiful orange tulips for my pitcher, but the grocery store didn’t have any, and I didn’t want to travel further afield for flowers.
I love these leaf plates, and found four of them at Marshalls.

I did buy some green clover placemats and St. Patrick’s Day tea towels I used for napkins.
I am really excited about these plates I found at Marshalls. They are Lenox Butterfly Meadow Cloud. I love their pretty raised pattern and scalloped cloud like edge. I bought twelve of them, and can’t wait to use them again.

I found these glasses at Home Goods a couple of years ago, and I use them all the time! I never knew green glasses could be so versatile.
The silver was my mother-in-law’s and I love it.

Please check out other great table displays at Between Naps on the Porch.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Burlap and Toile Table

I’m happy to be joining the party over at Between Naps on the Porch again! I love to scroll through everyone’s links to see beautiful dishes and creative table decorations.

I am posting a table I created last week for my prayer group dinner. Every couple of months, I host some of my friends for an evening of fellowship, food and prayer (okay and a glass or two of wine too). I love hosting this dinner. We have such a wonderful time together, so I like to make our dinner special by cooking a delicious meal and setting a beautiful table (even if I do say so myself!). For dinner, I served lemon pineapple chicken, roasted asparagus, quinoa and a green salad. We ate a light dinner so we could enjoy the cheesecake Tammy brought over for dessert!

For my table, I found these travel salad plates at Marshalls (I’m still looking for the Eiffel Tower pattern which were gone by the time I found the other six plates).

I knew I wanted to highlight the travel plates with red dinner plates I bought on clearance at Marshalls.
That was all I had in my head, until I saw some burlap pillows and table runners online. I dragged my daughter to Joanne Fabrics for some burlap. We waited in a forever long line to have the burlap cut, but I’m glad we did, because Hannah used the time to find the black and cream toile. She thought it would look cute with the burlap, and I thought she was brilliant. I made the burlap table runners and the toile table runners, and everything fell together after that.
I gathered up candle sticks from the living room.  Bought the black fruit basket (Marshalls) and black napkin rings (Cost Plus), and used my bird candle holders with platters and pitchers (all from Home Goods at different times) to finish my table. 

Well, the table wasn’t quite finished. The wine glasses didn’t make it in time for their web debut, but they did make it to the table in time for dinner!

Thanks for stopping by. Please check out more table setting at Between Naps on the Porch.


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