An Easy Start

tablescapeAs often happens, what is already on the table inspires what happens next.  In this case, it’s the wonderful piece of antique embroidered cloth that is used for a runner, the flowers and the female figure that determined both the table setting and the menu for the first gathering of the Maine gourmet group.


The yellow in the cloth and the flowers made it easy to pick plates, a pale yellow from Tagg.  At first, I thought not to have placemats, but these multicolored straw ones from TJ Maxx begged to be used.

tablescapeBecause the little lady reminded me of a Spanish señora, it seems a good time to recreate some of the favorites from our recent Foodie Adventure in Spain.

tablescapeThe first course: gazpacho that will be served in cranberry cups that are part of a wonderful set of dishes from the 1930’s.

tablescapeI can’t stop here with  color, so alongside the wine stems are  inky blue thumbprint glasses, yet another find in a Maine antique shop.

tablescapeI can never resist doing a little something to a napkin.  Here it is folded in half, the upper left corners are turned back and the napkin is folded in half again to create a nice little pocket for the flatware.

tablescapeAll is ready for that first course to be served.

cod with shrimp and chorizoChanges will follow as the cups and saucers are replaced with blue bowls filled with our favorite cod with white beans, shrimp and chorizo (recipe here) that will become the main attraction.  Let me tell you, it doesn’t get better than this.

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PS  A sincere thanks to Kathryn at The Dedicated House and Kim at Savvy Southern Style for featuring the post on my back porch.  I appreciate all who stopped by to visit.


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14 thoughts on “An Easy Start

  1. The table is beautiful and that runner is stunning!…you always set such a festive and “artful” table!…and congrats on your feature…I think that view and the porch must be your “favorite room”

  2. Those prawns look INCREDIBLE Lulu

  3. What a fun and cheerful table you have created. Your shrimp recipe has my mouth watering!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  4. Lulu, love your Santos doll and she is perfect for you setting! I collect red glass and so of course I loved your bowl and square saucer. I have a few of my own. Menu looks and sounds delish! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. Such a pretty tablescape! I love the colors you chose; it’s so inviting! The gazpacho looks yummy! Thank you for sharing the link to the recipe. I also appreciate your kind comment today on my blog. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. What a great composition of color! The Santos Cage doll is a cute addition. I have one but never think to include it for a tablescape.

  7. Beautiful, as always! Would love to try the recipe of the dish if you have. 🙂

    1. Amy, the link to the recipe is in the last paragraph of the post. Do try it, it’s yum!

      1. Thanks! Will be back. It look delicious 🙂

  8. What a wonderfully colorful table, Linda. Love placemats…they are perfect for a Spanish meal! The bean/chorizo soup looks delicious…thanks for the link to the recipe.
    Have a great week.

  9. Beautiful! And the food looks yummy too! Love he Santos!…Christine

  10. your tables are always colorful and unexpected, just the way I like them! Your guests were in for a treat with both your eyecandy and your food!

  11. beautiful and so warm and inviting!!

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