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My momma and daddy always said there was no use having china and sliver and not use it. They also thought children learned good manners by eating at a nicely set table in the home, or out. I agree.
Plus, it is fun to be creative from simple to extravagant!
Looking at what you have for different ways to use them can pull together to make a lovely table for dinner. For example, I still had some of these napkins leftover and thought they would be great to tie in Autumn china with the blue check tablecloth.
I had a sweet helper. She loves looking in the china cabinets for something that catches her eye. Her siblings often pitch into.
Earlier that morning, Omega and Cor cut zinnias from Grandpa’s garden. Those folksy blooms look right at home on the blue check tablecloth. It’s from the Pottery Barn outlet years ago.
I used one of the oval vases from Colonial Candle collection.
This graceful hand blown pitcher is from the Original Jamestowne Glasshouse. Old Jamestowne is a national park located on the original settlement in Virginia. (https://www.nps.gov/jame/planyourvisit/glasshouse.htm)
The summery paper floral napkins are a nice touch with the flower colors and the blue often used in Williamsburg textiles.
We were having spaghetti and meatballs so I wanted to use the Lenox Autumn soup plates. I don’t have enough for all of us so I also set out some matching dinner plates.
This was to be a buffet meal so they were stacked on the kitchen table ready for us. I love soup plates for more than soup!
Oe the table, I set out luncheon size plates between settings for everyone to place their bread. For serving bread I cut the warmed loaves and put on the table’s bread board and Blessings platter at each end.
I have an assortment of small china round dishes and odd shapes for the herb and olive oil bread dipping sauce too set arpound. My gang loves the dipping sauce so the herb shaker asset on the table along with the olive oil bottle.
I used our regular Oneida silverware and bistro glasses. Amy made us salad and just grabbed dishes out of the cabinet for serving. Casual, remember!
Do you keep pitchers on hand? I have several but usually use the plain ones made out of regular plastic! I also have red and yellow pottery ones. Since we typically drink water, we use them alot!
I recommend having nice looking pitchers for meals.
Mixing fine china with paper napkins and farmer looking picnic tablecloths with old fashion flowers makes us all feel special and loved when we sit down to our easy meal of spaghetti and meatballs.
Casual and elegant can come together for a beautiful table!