I never know what is going to inspire a tablescape, but with it being our turn to host the gourmet group, I want it to reflect the people who are coming. We are not a real formal bunch, and nothing special is expected since we’ve known each other for years. What that means is that I want the table to be comfortable, nothing fussy, and I want to get it ready in advance.
So, where to start? There is an arrangement of candlesticks and bells already on the table, and as I was thinking about changing them for something else, the candlesticks spoke to me. It was their painted flower design that got me going and made the rest quite simple.
I immediately thought of these chargers as a way of adding to the flower inspiration.
From there the going was easy. The chargers provided the backdrop for simple square white plates.
Then I started thinking about a menu, and with the weather being a little on the chilly side I decided soup would be a good way to begin the meal. With that decision came the addition of soup bowls that are a part of the china collection left me by my mother.
As with so many things I use, the textured pink glasses have their own story. They belonged to a grandmother of a dear friend who gave them to me thinking that I would be more likely to use them than she. That makes them something special. You can be sure that every time the glasses are on the table I think of my friend and hope that her grandmother would be pleased to see them there.
Nothing more need be done with the table. What has to happen next is deciding what is going in the bowls and on the plates so that recipes can be sent and assigned. One of the beauties of our gourmet group is that the host plans the menu, but the meal preparation is shared. That makes it more pleasant for everyone.
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