“Entertaining is not about perfection, it is about connection.”
For more years than I can count, eight of us have gathered once each month for gourmet night. The host couple plans the menu, sends recipes to the group with a preparation assignment for each of the other couples. The dinner generally consists of an appetizer, a salad or soup, an entrée and a dessert, and thanks to the advance planning of the hosts it is a combination of compatible flavors.
At our house this time around, the menu is Italian, and I want the table to reflect the warmth of Italy.
Remember these? Once upon a time straw wrapped Chianti bottles were commonplace, and, like these, doubled as candle holders once the wine was gone. No telling how many years these have been in my cabinet, but they do come in handy from time to time.
The patterned dishes, however, are authentic. They are from Ravello, and the hand painted pieces feature different designs and color. If you’ve seen other of my tables, you know that mixing styles is a signature, so using Fiestaware as a charger will come as no surprise.
The placemats and napkins, actually tea towels that are used asr napkins, are Pier One finds. For a little touch of the unexpected the napkins are folded simply and angled at the corner of the mat. Who says one can’t create their own rules?
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