For many of you it will come as no surprise that I enjoy setting tables. Whether for the hubby and me or a gathering with friends, I take a few minutes to create an inviting table. It is both a creative challenge and a way to show I care about those sharing a meal.
Often the influence is what is blooming in the summer garden. Rhododendrons are the first to show off in varying shades of pink.
With such beauty, a centerpiece is easy. A simple arrangement of the flowers, perhaps accented with a piece of porcelain or favorite object, and it’s done.
The rest falls into place with the addition of tableware and napkins that complement rather than compete with nature’s palette.
As soon as rhododendrons have faded peonies in vibrant shades of pink and white are glorious, and I can’t resist having them on every surface.
Here they are surrounded by some of my favorite objects, birds and a birdhouse.
A vintage set of cranberry dishes and thumbprint glasses were a perfect match when it came time to set the table. They reflect the colors as well as the classiness of the peonies.
A bonus was finding the dishes were a just right backdrop for the meal, a simple lemon pasta with sautéed lemon chicken. When all the pieces come together, the effort made to set the table and prepare the meal are more than worthwhile. Sitting back and enjoying the moments are the reward.
13 thoughts on “Everyday Tables”
I could almost smell the flowers! And your traditional glass wear. WOW! A friend of mine has the same. They were stylish back then and still are today! 🙂
You do such beautiful tables. Your guests must be excited to be invited.
How wonderful to hear from you! We alll have things we like to do and one of mine is setting tables. It makes me happy. Hope all is well with you and Don.
I always enjoy your tablescapes because you create beauty with ordinary items presented in extraordinary ways. Thank you for sharing your creativity and good taste.
Such beautiful tables you have set. The flowers were perfect. And the pasta looked delicious!
It is a joy for me, too, to be able to set a table for the enjoyment of sweet company around the table. Love those cranberry dishes and now I have a better idea about what to do with the chicken I took out of the freezer for dinner tonight! Happy day to you!
The flowers are so beautiful!
The peonies are gorgeous, and so pretty with the cranberry dishes and glasses!
Linda, I always love seeing your artful and creative tables. The rhododendrons and peonies are stunning! The pasta dish looks delicious.
You DO have the most beautiful tables… always, Linda. And these flowers are just gorgeous!!
Oh, Linda, you are a master of beautiful tables. Everything just goes together perfectly. I can’t tell you how many times it gives me ideas on what to do when I’m having a dinner party. You need to get a book out showing all the ways a table setting can be created.
Love seeing what grows in Maine. The peonies are extra special. Thank you for sharing.
I’m thinking a photographic book of tablescapes – every table is a work of art!!