Planning ahead is not one of my long suits. No, last minute spontaneity is my game, and more often than not it works pretty well. Sometimes it takes a couple of phone calls to make something happen, but rarely does last minute not work out particularly when the invite includes food!
While dinner is cooking away, I prepare the table, and there is usually something on it that gets me started. Here, it’s some of my trusty bottles filled with flowers from the garden. What would I do without them as they make a centerpiece so very easy. These are left from San Pellegrino beverages, and I find them perfect for grouping.
My table settings are generally simple and defined by color, pattern and a touch of whimsey, all combined here in the placemats and napkins.
Subtle hued dishes, one of my many sets gotten at TJ Maxx, are tonight’s choice.
Now, I could have stopped here, but I couldn’t resist adding these salad plates, each one different and suggestive of something that could have been created by Picasso! As I think about them, I can’t help but smile remembering the unexpected snowy day in Provence where an artist kindly opened his shop and let my daughter and me have a look. He definitely came out ahead!
Just as I was finishing the table, the placemats made me think of the little monkey bells sitting on a bathroom shelf. How could they not become part of what is turning out to be a very fun table!
Well, that’s it. Everything is about ready, and in a few minutes the doorbell will ring announcing the friends who we are lucky to have join us. I do love these last minute gatherings!
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