Sometimes it is just dinner for four that calls for a pretty table. It doesn’t have to be a holiday or a special occasion for me to want to set a pretty table. Having another couple join my husband and I for dinner is enough for me to bring out the china and silver. I might even be motivated enough by my desire to set a pretty table to invite people to join us for dinner.
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You will often see see my dining room table dressed in blue and white. The walls of my dining room are painted Admiral Blue by Benjamin Moore. When we first married my husband “blued” me to death. There was blue wallpaper, a blue sofa, blue everything, so much that I swore off blue for 30 years. Now, things have come full circle and I love and have embraced blue throughout my home again.
The china I used this evening is my Kate Spade New York Larabee Road Collection in platinum. I used Spruzzo Chargers from Z Gallerie in blue. They are not currently available in blue, but they tell me they may be available again. Currently they are available in gold, silver and white.
Red and pink roses may not seem like the immediate choice for the flowers for a blue and white tablescape, but I have yet to find a good source for flowers in my area of Florida. I rely on grocery store flowers and sometimes what I have in mind is not what they happen to have in the store. When I was hosting this dinner, there was not a white rose or white lily in the store. So, red and pink it was, and now that I look back at the photos, I don’t think I would have been as happy with a simple white centerpiece.
This lovely tablecloth is from Ralph Lauren. It is no longer available as a new cloth, but I see it available occasionally on ebay or Poshmark. There are still so many different rich blue tablecloths that I am sure you can find something to recreate a similar look should you desire.
Blue goblets and cut crystal goblets were paired on this table for beverages. Neither of these were particularly expensive. A set of eight blue goblets can be purchased for $27.99 from Walmart. The crystal goblets are Marquis by Waterford. Right now they are on sale at Neiman Marcus at $35 for a set of four.
I brought out the silver flatware my mother gave me. Some of this silver was my grandmother’s, handed down to my mother, and some was additional that my mother collected over time. I am so happy that she did as it gives me twelve place settings should I ever want to use it all. An interesting note about it is that they broke the mold after they first cast the silver and when they went to make more, the new mold has a smaller knife handle. No one seems to notice when I mix them on the table.
Digging through my napkin rings, I spotted these oversized ‘diamond’ rings and thought they would add a little glitz and glamour to my table setting. As I often like to do, I layered cloth napkins of two shades of blue to pull through the napkin rings.
I don’t have a lot of salt and pepper shakers, which is interesting because my grandmother had a huge collection of them. I remember as a child when we went to visit there were several we were allowed to play with. There were the wooden pigs in a pig pen and the metal carpet sweepers, one white and one black for salt and pepper respectively. These little birds sat in nicely should anyone need salt and pepper this particular evening.
A pair of silver plate candelabras graced the table with white tapers. These were a gift to me from my husband many years ago and I cannot count the number of times I have used them over the years.
Every dinner needs a delightful dessert, doesn’t it? Indulging in my favorite dinner party entree of Individual Beef Wellington, meant I wanted to keep dessert light. I knew my guests would feel the same, so a martini glass of fresh berries was all that was needed to finish off the lovely evening. Do you have friends you would enjoy inviting for a dinner party? Would your family or friends appreciate the effort you would put into a dinner party like this?