Sometimes I get into a rut when it comes to table settings. I like to keep the table set all of the time, ready for anyone who may want to pop in and sit down for a cup of tea and pastry. (I must confess to having an ulterior motive here. Keeping the table set also keeps the less organized among us from plunking down piles of his stuff, but I digress…)
I also like to change it with the seasons, but during times like these when we’re really between seasons (it’s as hot as summer, sure, but it’s still essentially spring), I find myself in a bit of a quandary. At least until the doorbell rang and the Fed-Ex guy handed me what turned out to be a lovely box of exotic fruit. As I piled it up in my favorite ceramic piggy bowl, sampling a lychee here and there while I doing so, I thought how lovely the fruit would look as a centerpiece.
I cleared off last week’s arrangement and started fresh, matching mugs and flatware to the various fruits. Exotic, tropical napkins from Pottery Barn seemed the perfect touch, as did the green leaf plates. In minutes I had a fresh setting without a lot of trouble.
What do you think?
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