Opening the boxes that were packed in preparation for the move we aren’t making revealed much that was familiar and a few surprises. I had no recollection of this tablecloth, but its eye-catching colors and pattern reminded me of India. Onto the table it went coupled with my favorite fake flowers that I never tire of using.
As I have written before, when it is time to prepare a table for a dinner gathering I work around whatever is already there. This one, however, proved to be a bit of a challenge. After looking at the cloth for a few minutes, I determined that the place to start was with white dishes, always a safe bet.
Turquoise in the cloth suggested it as a color accent, and the napkins came close. They are secured with fun napkin holders that can be bent and twisted into shape. Using them always makes me think of the special friend who gave them to me.
It would have been easy to finish the setting with white salad plates, but I couldn’t resist adding a little pattern into the mix. These Italian dishes painted and signed by Ernestine and dated 1952 once belonged to my mother-in-law. Whenever they are used, I cannot help but think of her joyful presence.
To complete the setting, these just purchased on sale glasses from Pier One were perfect.
The only thing missing is the friends who will join the hubby and me for dinner. We so enjoy those shared times. I often imagine many of you at our table.