If you are like me, your china stays more in the cabinet than on the table. I’ve been trying to change that, but since china seems to lend itself to more formal settings, it is a real challenge to keep the table playful and fun.
To say this table had a little bit of a lot of things is an understatement, and each item has a story. The table runner I made from a piece of my handwoven fabric combined with purchased ones. The china once belonged to my mother, the soup spoons to my mother-in-law, the salad forks were a daughter’s castoffs. The decanters were from my great grandmother’s house and must be close to 100 years old. The trivets were a purchase at Round Top (Texas’s big antique festival) a number of years ago, and the candle holders ….well, who knows from where they came!
Lunch was fun, too. The fare was simple: roasted vegetables mixed with mesclun greens, butternut squash soup, crostini topped with roasted red pepper aioli.
Had it not been for dessert, a tasty coconut cake with lemon filling (recipe from Southern Living here), lunch would have been healthy and low calorie! But, hey, it was a birthday celebration so that makes it OK to indulge.
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