Quick & Easy

When friends suggested we gather one more time for dinner before the hubby and I leave for Maine, I, without thinking, offered to host.  Sometimes I am too spontaneous for my own good!

Luckily, my dining table is rarely undressed which made getting it ready quick and easy.  The new favorite table runner from India, decorative gourds from San Miguel and trivets were in place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith this beautiful runner, I like to keep the table simple and chose to use clear glass dinnerware on a subtle placemat. 

I had no solid napkins so the next best thing was to use ones with essentially the same colors as the runner.

They are bound with flexible holders that were a gift from a friend who knows how I like setting tables.  That’s the kind of friend to have!

As I was putting wine stems out, my eye was drawn to the orange in the runner, so I put the etched glass ones away and opted for the orange stems that usually come out only at Thanksgiving.

All done but for the flatware.  I know Carson of Downton Abbey wouldn’t approve, but I do like to lay it in different ways to add an unexpected touch.

So, in a matter of minutes, the table is set.  I’ve also thought of simple fixings for dinner: pasta mixed with tomatoes, basil and olive oil 

and one of my favorite go to desserts.  What this goes to show is that entertaining doesn’t have to be stressful or require a lot of preplanning.  The real point is to enjoy time with friends.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind


Tablescape Thursday

10 thoughts on “Quick & Easy

  1. Beautiful! Colorful! …getting together with friends makes it all worthwhile!

  2. Carson will be OK! I agree that sometimes you just want to do something outside protocol!!! I love all the color on this table! You saved the day!!! Safe travels to Maine for a fabulous summer!!!

  3. Teresa S. Fowler June 1, 2018 — 11:18 am

    Lovely table. Delicious menu. Perfect gathering!

  4. Impromptu dinners are my favorite kind and I’m sure your meal was a good as your table was pretty.

  5. entertainingwomen June 1, 2018 — 9:37 am

    Well done. It’s a beautiful original design. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. CherryKay

  6. I love your version of quick and easy. Nicely done. Enjoy your journey back to Maine!

  7. Linda, your tables are always interesting and creative! The menu sounds delicious! You have the gift of hospitality!

    1. Thanks Pam. I like the challenge of making a table fun.

  8. You set a unique and fun table.A beautiful results happens when an artist gets creative. You make it sound easy when you are very busy closing your house for the summer.
    Love your menu. I’m sure your friends will miss you.

    1. Sometimes are easier than others. This wasn’t too challenging. How was your cruise?

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