Since March, there have been few opportunities to share dinners as folks are concerned about gathering. We and our friends have been very conscientious when it comes to practicing good habits to protect ourselves from Covid19.
The only time six gather around our table is when the others are family members. Though meals are simple and the emphasis is on being together, I still like for the table to have a little pizazz.
As always, there is something on the table that becomes a centerpiece. Here it is bottles filled with rhododendrons and salvia. They are placed on a neutral runner with hints of purple which is a nice complement to the flowers. The little birds are right at home amidst the blooms.
There are few times when favorite geometric patterned dishes don’t work. They have such energy and always result in a pleasing table.
Paired with black plates for the salad and a mixture of flatware, each setting is complete. If you are noticing that the various pieces don’t match, that is typical of my tables as I like there to be elements of surprise.
Though daughters make fun of me for choosing to use cloth rather than paper napkins, they are a standard. It’s just one of my quirks, maybe because I enjoy experimenting with napkin folds. This is one of the simplest. The napkin is folded on the diagonal and the layers turned back to create a bit of the unexpected. It dawned on me that when I wove these particular napkins I wasn’t thinking how perfect they’d be with the dishes.
No matter who sits at your table, it’s little touches that communicate how special they are.