I never know what is going to inspire a table setting. This one, I think started with seeing a red, red robin bob, bob, bobbing in the fountain. That made me think of bird topped cloches and birdhouses, all sitting on a bright orange silk runner from Vietnam that repeats the colors of spring flowers.
From here, everything takes on a life of its own. Placemats from Thailand trimmed in orange and green provide a neutral background for whatever dishes are chosen.
Though I have little bird napkin rings, I chose these carved wooden ones from Kenya. After all, beasts and birds do one another no harm.
As I’m putting this table together, my mind is thinking about what food to serve. I decided on fish, salmon in fact because it fits right in with the color scheme. With that decision made, choosing plates was very easy.
As an afterthought, I changed the wine glasses from the etched ones to the orange globed ones that I seem never to think about except at Thanksgiving. They add just the right amount of color and are a nice contrast to the textured Fostoria water glasses.
The beasts, birds and fish have no trouble coexisting, and for me the table represents some of what I like best about spring as well as brings back memories of places I’ve traveled. It will be fun to share with the friends who are coming.
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