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.