Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First Dinner of the Spring!

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.

Table runners - Pottery Barn

Placemats - Pottery Barn

Centerpiece - Pier One

Plates - Old Time Pottery

Flatware - Fiestaware

Salad Plates - Gift

Glasses - La Rochere

Cups - Amazon

Napkins - Williams-Sonoma

This post is linked to:

Tabletop Tuesday, Tablescape x 3 and Tablescape Thursday


~~louise~~ said...

What a lovely blog you have. And, your tablescape is absolutely stunning, Pattie. The colors and patterns you've chose whisper Spring...

Thank you so much for sharing...Do you mind if I add your blog to my link list? I'd like to drop in more often...

jo said...

So relaxing, I agree with you! I am all about bright colour and just sometimes, I want something much more subtle. Lovely!!

Like Louise I am oning to add you to my blog list!


Natasha in Oz said...

Those rooster napkins are so gorgeous! This is a bright and colourful tablescape-I love it.

Best wishes,

Kathleen said...

Hi Pattie,
LOL your fish pitcher from your youth. Glad you saved it!
I am sure your guests enjoyed your lovely table. I have those napkins too from WSonoma. I have the cloth to match, used it once! Not into roosters, but it is pretty, and I got a good buy on it.
Have a great weekend!

Marigene said...

Cool pitcher! I have those same napkins from my friend Kathleen...your table is lovely.

Entertaining Women said...

Love finding old friends in hiding places that I have created and then forgotten. The ruffled salad plates are outstanding...a wonderful gift from a thoughtful friend. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I love your fish pitcher and the rooster napkins. This is a very welcoming table.