One of my favorite ways to spend time with friends is to have them for dinner. I enjoy sharing food, lively conversation and laughter, and that is something sorely missed during months of isolation.
Now that friends have been vaccinated, I can’t wait for treasured times around the table to renew. Any such occasion begins with setting the table, always my favorite part of entertaining. Seldom are my tables what I’d call fancy. Rather they are designed to be warm and welcoming as well as a means of acknowledging my fondness for the people who will gather round.
As so often happens, there are flowers or a collection of pieces on the table that serve as a starting place. Here, alliums paired with mint leaves show off in simple bottles atop a yellow runner and provide inspiration for what happens next.
I couldn’t resist complementing the purple and yellow with a few of my favorite things like these patterned plates and for salad pieces from a set of midcentury cranberry dishes.
These goblets also add touches of color as well as remind me of my grandmother who had the same ones. I found these some years ago in an antique shop and have looked for more ever since. Though not designed for wine, they will be used for that purpose at this table. We’ll have to remember though to not be overly generous with pours!
Each napkin is a different color proudly displayed with an accordion fold.
The table is done, good smells come from the kitchen, wine is chilled so all that remains is for the door bell to ring announcing the arrival of friends. It’s good to return to what seems so familiar.