I invited my parents over for dinner and preseason baseball on Sunday (when I served the wonderful meatloaf and delicious Chocolate Stout Cake - were they lucky, or what?!). It was a spur-of-the-moment invitation, so the table was something that I put together in about ten minutes time. After a winter of high color, pattern, and intensity, I wanted something soft and simple, with the same hint of green in the table setting that I see daily emerging outside my window. This peaceful, almost zen-like table setting was the result. It felt so much like spring to me, and it was so nice to reacquaint myself with old favorites like the rooster napkins and the fish water pitcher.
I used Fiestaware flatware, giving each one of us a different color.
I found this set of napkins when cleaning out the dining room closet (okay, just one shelf, but it took me a couple of hours). I'd forgotten about these, so it was like having something new.
Individual salt and pepper shakers can be so much fun at each place setting and it eliminates the need for asking or reaching.
I bought this fish pitcher when I was still in college, long before I married or thought I'd be hosting as many dinners as I do. It reflected my love of the ocean and it appealed to my sense of whimsy.