Warming up the Night

Recent nights have been cool enough to suggest warm foods set on a not too serious table.  This was to be a chili night, and the question was how to make a simple meal fun.

I found the answer in a piece of handwoven cloth recently brought from Peru.  Who knew it would be just the right dimension for the table?

The jugs in the design made me think of pitchers, and goodness knows I have many in all shapes and sizes.  Here are the ones that came to the table this night.

Hmmm, the decision now is what dishes to use.  The Peruvian fabric suggests something fun, and that’s exactly what this handmade pottery from Ravello, Italy, is all about.  All the pieces have a different animal pattern and color combinations, and they all mix together for that touch of whimsy.

Add a napkin folded to hold the utensils and a few candles  among the pitchers to keep them from looking so lonely, and the table is all set.

Speaking of candles, I love these simple little holders from Ikea.  Depending on how they are turned, they work great for tealights, votives or tapers.  You can’t beat that, and the price is right, too!

Did my hubby really choose a bottle of Silver Oak to go with the chili?  Well, bless his heart!

Check out other creative posts at Tablescape Thursday and Masterpiece Monday.

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16 thoughts on “Warming up the Night

  1. love it! the kiddos love the plates! 🙂

  2. Your beautiful Peruvian fabric is the perfect choice for your chili supper. And you Italian pottery would be beautiful on any tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  3. The tablecloth is gorgeous…the Italian dishes go so well, like they were made for the tablecloth.

  4. Mixing textures and all the precious colourful treasures are fantastic.

    You are an inspiration.

    Have a blessed w/end,

  5. Love it, Linda! Brings back great times in Peru. We are in the Chilean Fjords. Went to a craft market yesterday, but after Peru, no comparison there. What is amazing here is God’s handiwork with vulcan and glacial activity. Beautiful scenery! So WHAT is in the centerpiece? Oh, and tell Phil, love Silver Oak!

  6. This is a very pretty table scape! I would like to invite you to link this up to my new link party, Masterpiece Monday, at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. Take care, Mary :O)

  7. What an appealing table for a winter’s evening! The warm colors and “touchable” textures add so much interest. Great idea to echo the pitchers in the fabric with some from your collection!

  8. What sweet baby feet on your table!

  9. Love all your rich textures & patterns on your table that you’ve woven together for chili night!

  10. What an exotic looking table! I love it!…Christine

  11. The vivid colors you use on your gorgeous table are WONDERFUL!!! They just jump off the computer and warm me up! Perfect for chili, too!!!!!


    Where are you going to be in Italy in April? Maybe we can meet up!

    Thanks so much for your kind comment on my post!!


  12. How I love your blogs not only for the inspiration and the gorgeous photos…but most of all for your words. As I read, I always hear you speaking to me.

  13. Your dishes are unbelievable! Your Peruvian cloth is beautiful too! Thanks for stopping by today!

  14. Was this the same night he opened the Tor I gave him?!?! Man! I thought he was goig to share with me! 😉

  15. Love the throw you used on the table.. what a delightful treasure from your trip. The dishes are perfect with it. Loved your table…

  16. Oh…..WOW!!! That fabric is….magnificent!!! Just gorgeous!!! You put some really cool things with it, too! I can’t get over that fabric! SO cool!!!

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